School Bonus: the School Premium for all children

The School Bonus gives families a helping hand at the start of the school year. You automatically receive the bonus together with your child benefit payment at the beginning of August.
What is the School Bonus?

What is the School Bonus?

The School Bonus or School Premium is an annual allowance for every child. The term School Bonus is somewhat confusing, as you are entitled to it even if your son or daughter doesn't attend school. You are paid an amount from the birth of your child until the end of your child benefit entitlement.

  • The school bonus is transferred to your account at the beginning of August, together with the child benefit/Growth Package of July.
  • All children are entitled to it, regardless of whether or not they go to school.
  • There is no need to fill in an application form, as payment happens automatically.

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Already receiving your Child Benefit or Growth Package payments from KidsLife? Discover how much School Premium you receive on My KidsLife (the amounts appear a few days before the actual payment)

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Practical information about the School Bonus

Practical information about the School Bonus

The School Bonus is an allowance for all children from birth until the end of their entitlement to Child Benefits or the Growth Package. It is paid automatically.

Who receives the School Bonus?

The School Bonus is added to the July allowance (payment at the beginning of August) and paid to the person who receives the Child Benefit or Growth Package.

When is the School Bonus paid?

You receive the School Bonus automatically at the beginning of August. This amount is paid together with the Child Benefit or Growth Package.

Want to know the exact payment date? No problem! You can check our payment calendar here.

How much School Bonus do you get?

The amounts depend on your child’s age and the region he or she lives in. We have listed the most recent School Bonus amounts for you below.

0 to 4 years
21,23 Euros
5 to 11 years
37,14 Euros
12 to 17 years
53,06 Euros
18 to 24 years
63,67 Euros
0 to 5 years
23,43 Euros
6 to 11 years 
35,15 Euros
12 to 25 years (child is not in higher education)
58,59 Euros
12 to 25 years (child is in higher education) 
93,74 Euros
Born after 2020
0 - 5 years 23,43 euros
5 - 10 years 35,15 euros
11 - 16 years 58,59 euros
from 18 years 93,74 euros
Born before 2020
Age Born before 2020 (base) Born before 2020 (supplementary)
0 - 5 years 24,87 euros 34,32 euros
5 - 10 years 53,47 euros 72,84 euros
11 - 16 years 74,60 euros 101,98 euros
from 18 years 99,47 euros 137,29euros

* you have a supplement if you are entitled to the social allowance

What is the Study Allowance?

Unlike the School Bonus (to which every child is entitled), you are only entitled to the Study Allowance if your family and child satisfy certain criteria. The Study Allowance is the new education allowance for minors. Like the School Bonus, this Study Allowance is automatically paid if your family is entitled to it. 

Find out all you need to know about the Study Allowance

Being a single parent doesn’t automatically entitle you to a social allowance

Your family income must not exceed a certain threshold to be eligible to receive this. The fact that you are a single or divorced parent likely has an influence on your family income. This may make you eligible. 

The threshold amounts and the composition of this Social Allowance depend on where you and your children live: Flanders, Brussels or Wallonia

KidsLife automatically pays your Social Allowance if you are entitled to it! We do this following receipt of your tax return. We always receive this 2 years after the income year. 

Example:
We (re)evaluate your Social Allowance for 2019 in 2021. We receive confirmation of your 2019 income from the federal government in 2021.  

Eligible for this allowance and prefer not to wait 2 years? Contact your KidsLife adviser to submit an application. 

View all of the conditions pertaining to the Social Allowance here

You are entitled to a Social Allowance if your gross family income is less than a certain threshold. We receive an overview of your total family income from the FPS Finance, based on your tax return.
Your definitive data is only available 2 years later.
For example, your 2019 income will only be available in 2021.

Thus it is only possible to make a (definitive) validation of your Social Allowance entitlement 2 years after the date. 

Already received a Social Allowance payment? Then we will check whether you have received this correctly.
 
Not yet received a Social Allowance payment? Then we will examine your eligibility and potentially pay the supplement retroactively. 

Check your eligibility for the Social Allowance here. 

 

KidsLife assists low-income families by paying them a supplementary allowance: the Social Allowance
The Social Allowance is entirely dependent on your personal situation: your place of residence, your income and your family circumstances.

View all of the conditions that apply to your Social Allowance here

 

If your family income changes, this can affect your entitlement to the social allowance and the selective participation allowance (school allowance). Your entitlement is automatically investigated based on your income from 2 years ago (via your tax return). Suddenly earning significantly more and receiving a social allowance from KidsLife?
 Then please notify us so that we can terminate your social allowance and consequently prevent a potential clawback payment.

Now earning significantly less and not currently receiving a social allowance from KidsLife? Then contact us so that we can send you the relevant form. Please complete this form specifying your income and return it to us, together with the necessary supporting documents.

 

Your family may be entitled to supplementary child benefit in addition to the standard Growth Package and Child Benefit amounts (to which every child is entitled). You can view all types of supplementary child benefit here.

In many cases you needn’t submit a request for supplementary child benefit and we automatically ensure that you receive the correct entitlement. However, you may have to submit a request to KidsLife in certain situations.  Believe that you qualify for an allowance, but aren’t currently receiving it? Then please contact your KidsLife adviser, who’ll gladly assist.

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My child is starting school for the first time.

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You don’t know who is more apprehensive about that first day at school; you or your little one. Every child experiences their first day at school differently. Both the school and parents obviously play an important role in that experience. 
Financially too, the first day at school can have a big impact on the family budget. Fortunately, KidsLife is here to help with some simple budget tips and allowances for the first day at school. 
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