300 plus (Good Start) is a benefit designed to help families with schoolchildren. What are the conditions for receiving the money and how do I apply? What has changed in the rules for awarding 300 plus in the school year 2021/2022?
● 300 plus is a financial support for the child’s school expenses.
● It is entitled to every child up to 20 years of age studying at school, and in the case of children with disabilities – up to 24 years of age.
● Applications for 300 plus are accepted only electronically.
● You can apply for 300 plus once a year in the period from July 1 to November 30.
300 plus (Good start) – legal basis
The Good Start program, commonly known as 300 plus, was established by the regulation of the Council of Ministers of May 30, 2018 on the detailed conditions for the implementation of the government program Dobry Start and the regulations of the Council of Ministers of July 9, 2019 and the regulation of the Council of Ministers of on June 15, 2021
The legal basis for the operation of this benefit is also supplemented by the Resolution No. 80 of the Council of Ministers of 30 May 2018 on the establishment of the government Good Start program.
300 plus – for whom?
Established in the Good Start program, the 300 plus benefit is a form of governmental support for families with school-age children. This is supposed to be support for expenses related to the school starter kit, that is, buying things that a child needs to start learning.
300 plus is granted once a year for:
– a child studying at school, until they turn 20– a disabled child studying at school, until they turn 24.
The benefit is paid in the amount of PLN 300 per child and it is regardless of income in a given family. 300 plus is exempt from tax and is not subject to bailiff enforcement. Currently, it is used by around 4.5 million children.
300 plus – application
The 300 plus benefit is obtained on application. The following persons are entitled to submit it:
– the child’s father or mother, – the child’s legal guardian, – the actual guardian of the child, – an adult learner, if he or she is not dependent on the parents, – an independent person, i.e. leaving a foster family, a family children’s home or a care and educational institution, – foster parent, a person running a family orphanage or the director of a care and educational institution – in the case of children in foster care.
In the case of two parents or guardians of a child, it is enough for the application for 300 plus to be submitted by only one of them. If both of them apply, the benefit will be granted only once – for the first of the submitted applications.
The exception is when the parents, by a court decision, exercise alternating care – then each of them may submit an application and receive half the amount of the benefit, i.e. PLN 150 for each parent.
How to apply for 300 plus?
Applications are accepted only by electronic means. They can be folded in three ways:
Detailed information on the possibility of submitting applications for 300 plus via electronic banking can be found on the websites of individual banks. It should be remembered that it is possible to submit an application through the Emp @ tia portal and through online banking only for the father or mother of the child. For the remaining entitled persons, only the submission of applications via PUE ZUS portal.
People who do not yet have a profile at PUE ZUS can set it up on their own via the Internet on the ZUS website or at any ZUS branch with the help of its employee. More information on registering at PUE ZUS and meeting the requirements for submitting an application can be found in ZUS knowledge base.
In justified cases, an attachment to the application may also be required additional documents:
– a copy of the child’s disability certificate, – a copy of the decision on the child’s alternate custody, – a copy of the decision on the appointment of the child’s guardian, – a copy of a residence card or residence permit in Poland (in the case of foreigners).
300 plus via the internet
They were introduced in the school year 2021/2022 changes to the Good Start program. The most important of these changes is the way in which applications for the 300 plus benefit are accepted.
Currently, it is possible to submit applications only via the Internetand the payout is 300 plus only to the indicated bank account – it is not possible to pay out in cash. Granting and payment of benefits is handled by the Social Insurance Institution, which enabled the full automation of the submission of applications.
Assistance in the field of applications for 300 plus can be obtained by calling the special number 22 290 22 02, at the ZUS Call Center (22 560 16 00) by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and in all ZUS branches.
When to apply for the 300 plus?
Applications for the 300 plus benefit can be submitted once a year, in the period from July 1 to November 30. The timing of your claim depends on how quickly you apply.
If the application is submitted in July or August, a payment of 300 plus at the latest is guaranteed until September 30. On the other hand, if the application is submitted in September, October or November, 300 plus will be paid within two months from the date of submission of the application.
300 plus for a student
The 300 plus benefit is only intended for school-age children. Same it is not granted to children with the status of students, or children attending nursery or kindergarten, also those implementing the so-called kindergarten, i.e. the annual kindergarten preparation in kindergarten or school.
Legal acts: Regulation of the Council of Ministers of 30 May 2018 on the detailed conditions for the implementation of the government Good Start program, Resolution No. 80 of the Council of Ministers of 30 May 2018 on establishing the government Good Start program, Regulation of the Council of Ministers of 15 June 2021. on the detailed conditions for the implementation of the government program Dobry Start, Regulation of the Council of Ministers of July 9, 2019 amending the regulation on detailed conditions for the implementation of the government program Dobry Start.
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