Registrations will be open from 1 June 2021 until 31 October for anyone wishing to benefit from the back-to-school allowance (ARS) 2021-2022. For the first time, this one-off assistance will be accessible to families without the usual identification documents. The ARS will be issued in the form of an electronic payment card valid in a network of partner stores. The ARS totals 130 francs per year for a child in primary education and 180 francs for a child in lower secondary level.
Every year, parents are burdened with costs linked to the start of school. Under certain conditions, they are eligible for the back-to-school allowance (ARS) provided by the City of Geneva for the 9th consecutive year.
Last year, almost 2,960 families benefited from this one-off assistance. In accordance with the decision of the Municipal Council, the ARS will henceforth be extended to families without the usual identification documents, in collaboration with the Centre de contacts suisses-immigrés (CCSI).
Registrations will be open from 1 June to 31 October for anyone wishing to benefit from the back-to-school allowance 2021-2022.
Conditions to benefit from the ARS
To benefit from the back-to-school allowance, you must:
- have a dependent child in mandatory schooling between class 1 (primary) and class 11 (lower secondary level);
- live with the child within the territory of the City of Geneva;
- have a valid resident’s permit;
- receive the cantonal health insurance subsidy for the child and yourself.
People without a resident’s permit will be contacted directly. If this is not the case, they can call the back-to-school allowance help line on 0800 33 88 99.
Two options: online or by post
The form can be downloaded from the Submitting a request for a back-to-school allowance page of the City’s website, with the possibility of completing the entire procedure online. This form can also be returned by post to the Social Service, once it has been duly completed by the beneficiary. Furthermore, a team of advisers will be happy to answer any questions and assist potential beneficiaries in completing their application.
Information and deadlines
A free telephone information service will also be available from 1 June 2021 . If you require any information, please contact us on 0800 33 88 99. Finally, information is widely circulated to parents in eight languages (Albanian, Arabic, English, German, Italian, Mongol, Portuguese and Spanish).
To exercise your right to the back-to-school allowance, simply complete the specific form and submit all the documents required by 31 October 2021.
An electronic payment card valid in 7 partner stores
The ARS will be issued from 1 June in order to enable families to make all the necessary purchases ready for the start of school in September. Since 2018, the back-to-school allowance has been distributed in the form of an electronic payment card carrying an illustration of Titeuf and can be used in a network of partner stores until 31 December 2021.
Here is the list of stores which are members of the network:
- Aeschbach Chaussures et Sports;
- Librairie du Boulevard;
- Manor Genève;
- Migros Genève;
- Papeterie Wolf;
- Payot Libraire;
- Vincenti Guitares.
The wide range of stores provides all the equipment your child might need when returning to school such as sports clothes, educational IT and electronic equipment and articles linked to music classes. Furthermore, the location of the points of sale within the city ensures that they are sufficiently close and accessible for all users.
More information on the Using the back-to-school allowance card page. The ARS card can be used until 31 December 2021.
Article modifié le 18.08.2021 à 10:10