BACK TO SCHOOL ALLOWANCE – Back to School Allowance (BSA) is a conditional grant for households with at least one child in school between the ages of 6 and 18. The amount depends on the age of the child.
[Updated on Monday, August 26, 2019 at 4:17 p.m.]Payment of the 2019 Back to School Allowance was made on Tuesday, August 20 for most of the 3 million eligible families. A few lucky beneficiaries (the inhabitants of Mayotte and Reunion Island) have even received it as of Thursday 1 August2019. What to do if a back-to-school allowance is not received? If you meet the eligibility criteria to receive this CAF assistance to help you meet the expenses of your children’s return to school and you have not yet received it, contact the Child Benefit Office in your home.
Each year, the back-to-school allowance (ARS) is awarded to families who meet all the criteria for receiving it. The purpose of this financial assistance is, as its name suggests, to help eligible households meet the costs incurred by their child’s return to school. The amount of this financial boost varies according to the age of the child for whom it is requested. The amount of the back-to-school allowance as well as the ceilings of resources not to be exceeded in order to benefit from it are reviewed annually. Find out the amounts and income limits not to be exceeded for the year 2019.
For the start of the 2019school year, the amount of the back-to-school allowance will be :
- ,368.84 euros for a child aged between 6 and 10 years having reached the age of 6 years before the 1st January following the start of the school year and not having reached the age of 11 years on the 31st December of the year of the start of the school year (or for a younger child who is already enrolled in the CP)
- ,389.19 euros for a child aged between 11 and 14 years having reached the age of 11 years on 31 December of the year in which the school year begins and not having reached the age of 15 years on that date
- ,402.67 euros for a child aged between 15 and 18 years having reached the age of 15 years on 31 December of the year in which the school year begins and not having reached the age of 18 years on 15 September of the year in which the school year begins. Please note that the back-to-school allowance is not granted for young apprentices under 18 years of age if their remuneration exceeds a certain amount.
Several conditions must be met in order to be eligible for the back-to-school allowance. They are related to family resources, the age of the child and the child’s schooling.
With respect toresources, the family’s resources must not exceed a certain limit, the amount of which varies according to the number of children. The following are the categorical net income limits (year 2017, tax notice received in 2018) that must not be exceeded in order to be granted LIA for the 2019 school year.
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With regard to the age of the child, the child must be between 6 and 18 years old. Thus, for the start of the 2019 school year, his date of birth must be between 16 September 2001 and 31 December 2013 (inclusive). Finally, and this seems logical, the child must be enrolled in public or private to trigger LRA. The latter is not granted for children educated within their families.
Each year, the payment date for back-to-school allowance is around 20 August. The payment of the 2019 back-to-school allowance will therefore take place around 20 August 2019.
If the family’s income is just above the limit set for eligibility, a degressive allowance, the differential allowance, which is calculated on the basis of resources, may be granted.
The steps to take to apply for LRA are different depending on whether or not you have already benefited from it. If you have already touched it, you are already receiving CAF and your child is over 16 years old, you don’t have to do anything. Please note, however, that for the ARS 2019, you must have filed your 2019 income tax return with the tax authorities and declared your 2017 income to the CAF. If your child was born between 16 September 2001 and 31 December 2003), you must let your CAF know from mid-July that your child will still be at school or will be in apprenticeship at the start of the 2019 school year. This can be done online.
If you are not receiving CAF, however, you must complete a declaration of the status of family and housing benefits and a declaration of resources 2017. To do this, you can go to your Caf or download the forms online.
While the CAF has made an exception for households that slightly exceed the income ceiling, the payment of LRA is strictly impossible for children over the age of 18. But if you’re in this situation, you may be eligible for the back-to-school bonus.