What happens to the Study Allowance if my parents divorce?
The study allowance or education allowance is paid to the child benefit recipient. However, it’s calculated based on the family income of the parent(s) or actual caregiver(s) with whom the child is domiciled. If the child is married, self-sufficient or living alone, then the study allowance is calculated based on the income of the child and their cohabiting partner if applicable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is entitled to the Study Allowance?
In de meeste gevallen betaalt KidsLife aan de ouder(s), begunstigden of bijslagtrekkende.
Meerderjarige kinderen die secundair onderwijs volgen en gehuwd, zelfstandig of alleenstaand zijn, die ontvangen zelf de Schooltoeslag.
When is the Study Allowance paid?
KidsLife receives all the necessary information from the Flemish Government. We automatically pay the Study Allowance or Selective Participation Allowance (SEPAR) based on this information. The timing of your Study Allowance payment consequently depends on several factors. Study Allowance payment is typically made as follows:
- Families with minor children only: from September/October.
- Families with at least 1 adult child: from October to December.
- Study Allowance payment depends on the completeness of the information that we receive from the Flemish Government
Example: A person who doesn’t register at an accredited school until the month of October will not be entitled to payment in September. As soon as we have received the information, you will receive a weekly payment from KidsLife.
Please note: No application is necessary! Already receive your Child Benefit or Growth Package from KidsLife? We ensure that every family that’s entitled to the Study Allowance receives this automatically. Handy, right?
Until what age are you entitled to the Study Allowance?
We make a distinction between nursery/primary and secondary education. For the latter category, you can retain your Study Allowance entitlement until the year in which the student turns 22. There is no age restriction for BuSO (special-needs secondary education) and HBO5 Nursing.
You must request the Study Allowance or Education Allowance in Higher Education from the Flemish Government.
What’s the difference between the Study Allowance and the School Bonus?
The School Bonus is a school premium (or education allowance) for all families with children and is automatically paid by KidsLife in August, together with your Child Benefit for the month of July.
The Study Allowance is a supplementary amount for low-income families. KidsLife automatically pays this before the end of the year to all families who are entitled to it.