Back to school bonus 2024: how much will you receive depending on the age of the children?

Back to school bonus 2024 how much will you receive

As of April 1, 2024, the amounts of the back-to-school bonus are revalued. Here are the ceilings not to be exceeded and what you will be able to receive this year depending on the age of your children.

L’back-to-school allowance (ARS) is paid each year, in August, to nearly 3 million families by the Family Allowance Fund (Caf) and the Mutualité sociale agricole (MSA), to enable parents to purchase school supplies for their school children, aged 6 to 18. The payment date has not yet been announced, but here are already the amounts of the ARS 2024 as well as the ceilings and conditions to benefit from it.

What is the amount of the 2024 back-to-school allowance?

For the 2024-2025 school year, the amount of the back-to-school allowance should vary between 406.98 euros and 454.59 euros depending on the age of the children:

Age of childAmount of ARS as of April 1, 2023
Child aged 6 to 10406.98 euros
Child aged 11 to 14436.37 euros
Child aged 15 to 18454.59 euros

Who is entitled to the back-to-school allowance?

To touch back-to-school bonusparents must meet certain conditions:

  • Have children in your care, aged between 6 and 18 years oldwhich are schooled in a French public or private school, or apprentices or supported in a specialized reception establishment.
  • Have income 2021 which do not exceed the resource ceilings in force.
  • Complete the general conditions of the CAF or the MSA, depending on the fund you belong to.

What are the ceilings for receiving the back-to-school allowance?

To receive the back-to-school bonus, households are subject to resource conditions. They must not exceed certain resource ceilings if they want to qualify for help. For the 2024-2025 school year, N-2 resources for the year 2022 are taken into account. here are the resource ceilings in force until July 31, 2024 :

Number of dependent childrenCeilings not to be exceeded
1 child27,141 euros
2 children33,404 euros
3 children39,667 euros
4 children45,930 euros

What are the steps to take to benefit from ARS?

Depending on the age of the child, certain steps must be taken to be able to benefit from the ARS. Here are the 3 scenarios:

If your child enters CP when he or she is not 6 years old, simply send your Caf a schooling certificate. This document must be collected from the school.

For children aged 6 to 15 at the start of the school year (born between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2018 inclusive), you do not need to do anything. The back-to-school allowance is paid automatically to families already receiving benefits who meet the conditions.

For children aged 16 to 18 at the start of the school year (born between September 16, 2006 and December 31, 2008 inclusive), you must provide a sworn declaration to the Caf indicating that he is still in school or in apprenticeship.

Up to what age is the back-to-school allowance paid?

The back-to-school allowance is paid to beneficiary parents until their child turns 18. If the child has not yet turned 18 before September 15 of the year of the start of the school year, the ARS can be paid one last time to the parents who are responsible for the child. Over the age of 18, student grants can be paid to cover tuition fees.

Who receives the back-to-school allowance in the event of divorce?

When parents separate, and in particular in the event of shared custody, the back-to-school allowance continues to be paid only to one parent. In fact, the amount is not shared between the two parents. It is then the person who requests it first who will receive this financial assistance.

This is an exceptional case since other types of family allowances can be shared at the request of the parents. Therefore, the person receiving this aid is expected to take care of the expenses related to the child’s education. It is then up to parents to agree on back-to-school costs. Please also note that in the event of placement of the child by a child welfare judge, this back-to-school allowance is then blocked in a savings account at the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations. When the child reaches the age of majority, he or she will be able to make a request to recover this amount.