Frequently Asked Questions

  • Students

    Up until what age are you entitled to Child Benefit or the Growth Package?

    An unconditional entitlement to Child Benefit applies up to the age of 18 in Flanders, and up to and including the month of August of the year in which the young person concerned turns 18 in Brussels and Wallonia. Providing that you satisfy certain conditions, you can retain your Child Benefit entitlement up to the age of 25 in the event that the young person concerned continues their studies or qualifies as a (job-seeking) school leaver after completing their studies.

    If you live in Wallonia, a semi-automatic entitlement to Child Benefit applies. This semi-automatic entitlement to Child Benefit applies until the end of the month in which the young person concerned turns 21. This means that the young person is entitled to Child Benefit regardless of whether they’re still studying or registered as a job-seeker, except in specific circumstances. View these circumstances here.

    Child Benefit for students
    Child Benefit for school-leavers

  • Students

    How many credits do I require for Child Benefit?

    Students must be enrolled for at least 27 credits or 17 class hours for Child Benefit and Growth Package entitlement. This only applies to children aged 18 and over. Minor children are entitled to Child Benefit or the Growth Package regardless.

  • Students

    Why have I received an E402 or P7INT?

    We currently suspect that the young person concerned is studying abroad. An E402 document is used for schools in Europe. You’ll receive a P7INT form in the event that your child is enrolled in a school outside of Europe.

    In order to retain your Growth Package or Child Benefit entitlement for a 'student abroad', we require a completed school certificate (E402 or P7INT) from the foreign school concerned. Payments may temporarily be paused as of the new school year, pending receipt of this form. 

    The documents for the 2021-2022 school year will be sent in July 2021 if you receive Growth Package from KidsLife Flanders. Do you live in Brussels or Wallonia, you will receive the documents in september. 

    Is the young person concerned not studying abroad? Then please contact your KidsLife adviser, who will be happy to look into this for you. 

  • Students

    I’m studying abroad and no longer receive Child Benefit or the Growth Package.

    Studying abroad can affect your Child Benefit or Growth Package payments. 
    We require a school certificate from the foreign school concerned on an annual basis. This certificate must confirm a valid enrolment in a study programme that entitles you to Child Benefit. 

    We'll pause payments pending receipt of the requisite school certificate, in order to prevent erroneous Child Benefit and Growth Package payments being made. 
    What do we do once we’ve received a valid school certificate entitling you to Child Benefit or the Growth Package? We'll subsequently resume payments and pay out any overdue amounts. 

    Studying in Europe? Then we require an E402 document. Studying outside Europe? Then we require a P7INT document. 

    Child benefit conditions for students

  • Students

    I’m studying abroad. What do I need to arrange in terms of my Growth Package or Child Benefit?

    If you are a young person studying abroad, you may be further entitled to Child Benefit or Growth Package. To establish the entitlement, we need a school certificate (document E402 or P7INT) from the school abroad each school year. 

    View all situations when a young person goes abroad

    The documents for the 2021-2022 school year will be sent in July 2021 if you receive Growth Package from KidsLife Flanders, otherwise you will receive them in september. 
    Studying in Europe? Then we require an E402 document. Studying outside Europe? Then we require a P7INT document. 

    Is the young person going to study abroad for the first time? Communicate this via My KidsLife, the online Growth package file. 

  • Students

    What is a diploma year?

    A diploma year is the higher education academic year in which a student can obtain a diploma for the training cycle in which they’re enrolled. If the student is enrolled for fewer than 27 credits, but in their diploma year, then they’ll retain their Child Benefit or Growth Package entitlement for 1 year. This is typically a year in which they’re only required to submit their thesis or internship report.

    Child Benefit for students

     

  • Students

    International school certificates are being sent earlier for the 2021-2022 school year!

    Studying abroad? Then the KidsLife Child Benefit Fund will request a document completed by the foreign school concerned on an annual basis (document E402 or P7INT)
    If you receive the Growth Package from KidsLife Flanders, then the documents for the 2021-2022 school year will be sent in the month of July

  • Schoolverlater

    Do I have to register as a jobseeker in order to receive Child Benefit?

    In Flanders, registration with the VDAB is not mandatory for commencing 12 months as a job-seeking school leaver. We do, however, recommend that you actively register via the website or the freephone number 0800 30 700!
    In Brussels and Wallonia, registration with Actiris or FOREM is mandatory for commencing the period as a job-seeking school leaver. You can do this by signing up on their website or visiting your local Actiris or FOREM office.

    Discover everything you need to know about Child Benefit for school leavers here.

     

  • Schoolverlater

    Am I entitled to Child Benefit or the Growth Package as a school leaver?

    Have you graduated or completed your studies? Then you might still be entitled to Child Benefit as a school leaver. Different conditions apply, depending on the region in which you live. 
    View the conditions that apply to Child Benefit for school leavers here.

  • Verhoogde Kinderbijslag

    My family income has changed. What should I do?

    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.