Schulstartplus

General information
about Schulstartplus!


If your family receives social benefits called Mindest-Sicherung or Sozial-Hilfe, each schoolchild receives 15 Sodexo vouchers. Each voucher is worth 10 euro. In total, this is 150 euro.

You receive a letter between mid-January and the end of February 2024. The letter is from the Ministry of Social Affairs and from the province in which you live.

For the vouchers, the Ministry of Social Affairs works together with the Austrian provinces.

Each province decides if you receive your vouchers by post or if you collect your vouchers. This depends on where you live.

At the end of the letter from the Ministry of Social Affairs, it says how you will receive your vouchers.
Please read this information carefully or follow the step-by-step guide on the website:

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step-by-step guide...

How to get
your vouchers

In some provinces, you collect your vouchers from a collection point.
You can collect them from 1 February to 12 April 2024.

The exact collection period is different in every province.
After 12 April 2024, you can no longer collect your vouchers!
Please check the opening times of the collection points.

If you lose your vouchers, you will not get any new ones. Take good care of your vouchers!

You can use the vouchers in all shops that accept Sodexo vouchers.
Here you can find all the shops. This website is only available in German.

Please note: The vouchers are valid until 31 December 2024.
After that, you can no longer use your vouchers!

The vouchers can be used
for these things:

  • School supplies

  • Clothes

  • Food

  • Toiletries

Frequently asked questions
about the vouchers


In the project Schulstartplus!, you receive vouchers for school supplies, food, clothes and toiletries.

To see an answer, please click on the question.

The vouchers are for families who have school children under the age of 24 and who received social benefits in December 2023: Sozial-Hilfe or Mindest-Sicherung. Each school child receives vouchers worth 150 euro.

In some provinces, you receive the vouchers by post. In other provinces, you collect the vouchers from a collection point.

In each province, there are several collection points. In the letter from the Ministry of Social Affairs, there is a list of all collection points in your province. You can also find your collection point here.

At most collection points, you can collect the vouchers from 1 February to 12 April 2024. Please check the opening times of your local collection point.

When you collect the vouchers, please make sure to bring these items:

  • the letter from the Ministry of Social Affairs
  • an ID card with photo, for example your driving licence, passport, or identity card

Please contact the authority from which you receive Sozial-Hilfe or Mindest-Sicherung.

For general information, please call the hotline of the Ministry of Social Affairs:
0800 4000 33

You have more questions?
We have prepared many more answers.

Who can you ask for support?


For the vouchers, the Ministry of Social Affairs works together with the Austrian provinces.
Each province decides how you receive the vouchers. It depends on where you live which authority you can ask for support. We will help you find the right authority.

Please click here for a
step-by-step guide...

How to get
your vouchers
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