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Submitting a request for a back-to-school allowance

This procedure indicates the conditions and process to be followed to obtain a back-to-school allowance.

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Who is this procedure intended for?

This procedure is intended for parents who:

  • are domiciled and resident in the City of Geneva;
  • are Swiss or holders of a permit B, C, F or L (valid);
  • do not receive any other regular financial aid from the City of Geneva.

whose children:

  • are domiciled and resident in the City of Geneva;
  • hold a residence permit (valid);
  • attend mandatory school between level 1 (primary) and level 11 (orientation stage);
  • benefit in person from the cantonal health insurance subsidy.

What to do?

For the start of the academic year 2020 - 2021, you have two options for requesting the back-to-school allowance:

1. Submit a request online using the following form:

If the PDF form downloaded does not open correctly, you can consult the advice provided on the help page.

To complete your request online, you will need to:

  • save and complete the form on your computer;
  • scan or photograph the documents required (.jpg, .pdf, .png);
  • open the online procedure by clicking on this link: start my online procedure;
  • complete the necessary fields;
  • wait for the confirmation e-mail and click on the “confirm the request” link.

A document providing a detailed explanation of the different steps involved in the procedure is available.

2. Return your request by letter using the following form:

To complete your request by letter, you will need to:

  • complete and sign the printed form;
  • prepare photocopies of the required documents;
  • post the form and documents to the address indicated on the form.

Requests for the back-to-school allowance can be submitted until 31 October 2020.

Which documents are required?

  • Confirmation of the subsidy for the current year from the Health Insurance Service (SAM) of the child/children or most recent health insurance bill if the reduction for the child’s/children’s subsidy is mentioned on it;
  • Identity documents for the entire family,
    • for citizens of Geneva: identity card;
    • for Swiss citizens: “permis d’établissement”;
    • for foreigners: valid residence permit.


How much is the back-to-school allowance?

  • 130 Swiss francs per year for a child in primary school;
  • 180 Swiss francs per year for a child in orientation level.

This aid is paid in the form of an electronic acquisition card to be used in a network of shops in Geneva.


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Article modifié le 03.11.2020 à 08:52