Information on the heating cost allowance and the energy price flat rate


As questions about the heating cost allowance and the flat-rate energy fee keep coming in, we have summarised some basic information and further links.

The heating cost subsidy and the energy price flat rate (EPP) are different allowances. Therefore, if you are eligible for both subsidies, you can also receive both subsidies.

Heating cost subsidy

Students who have received BAföG for at least one month in the period from October 2021 to March 2022 and who do not live with their parents are eligible for the heating costs subsidy.

Details can be found in the FAQs in the heating cost subsidy.

Energy price flat rate

All persons who reside or habitually reside in Germany in 2022 (if applicable, also for only part of the year) and had income from the following types of income in 2022 are entitled to the EPP:

Extract of eligible gainful activities

  • workers, employees
  • Short-term and marginal employees ("Minijobber:innen")
  • FSJs in accordance with section 2 of the Youth Volunteer Service Act; BFDs in accordance with the Federal Volunteer Service Act.
  • Employees receiving taxable or tax-free allowances from employers (e.g. under section 20 of the Maternity Protection Act (Mutterschutzgesetz – MuSchG)).
  • Persons who only receive tax-exempt wages (e.g. voluntary exercise leaders or carers).
  • Working students and students on paid internships
  • Employees with an active employment relationship who receive wage replacement benefits (e.g. sickness benefit, maternity benefit, parental benefit).

How is the EPP paid out?

As a rule, the EPP is paid by the workplace through the regular salary if it is the first employment relationship. For students with several jobs at the same time, it is important to know that the EPP is only paid for the first employment relationship, not for all jobs. If you are unsure, it is advisable to contact the job directly.

When is the EPP paid out?

The EPP is to be paid in September. Please note: The EPP of € 300 is gross, i.e. the amount is taxable.

The Federal Ministry of Finance has compiled a comprehensive FAQ on the EPP.