Child Benefit for Students in Wallonia
Those living in Wallonia have an unconditional Child Benefit entitlement up to and including August of the year in which their son or daughter turns 18.
Under certain conditions, young persons born prior to 1 January 2001 can retain their Child Benefit entitlement up to the age of 25, providing they continue their studies or register as a job-seeker at FOREM following their studies.
Young persons born from 1 January 2001 onwards have a semi-automatic Child Benefit entitlement. This entitlement supersedes their unconditional entitlement and applies up until the age of 21. Thereafter, continued Child Benefit entitlement depends on the circumstances of the young person concerned and is granted under the same conditions as young persons born prior to 1 January 2001.
Studying abroad may still entitle you to Belgian Child Benefit in some cases:
- the same conditions apply to an Erasmus programme or exchange programme that’s run via a Belgian educational institution as to a standard Belgian educational programme.
- A young person studying in a country belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA) or a country with which Belgium has a bilateral agreement, is entitled to Child Benefit providing they satisfy the conditions that apply to Belgian education or the programme is recognised by the foreign government.
KidsLife requests the school certificate which serves as proof of the studies pursued. Document E402 (EEA) or a specific document pertaining to the bilateral agreements must be completed by the school or educational institution.
- A student who is studying in a country outside the European Economic Area and with which there’s also no bilateral agreement, may retain their Child Benefit entitlement under certain conditions. This depends on the highest qualification that the student attained in Belgium and the level of the foreign studies concerned. The entitlement can subsequently be granted for either a maximum of one year or for the entire study period.
- The young person must remain domiciled in Wallonia during their studies outside the EEA, unless the foreign stay and studies concern an employee secondment.
- The (step-)parents or the parent's partner are not permitted to work in the country in which the young person is studying (except for secondments). In other words, there’s no Child Benefit entitlement abroad.
KidsLife requests the school certificate which serves as proof of the studies pursued. Document P7INT must be completed by the parents and the school or educational institution.
What if the young person falls ill during their studies?
A student who is unable to attend classes or enrol as a student due to illness, can retain their Child Benefit entitlement under certain conditions. Please contact KidsLife for more information.
Does Child Benefit entitlement apply during the holiday(s)?
The young person is also entitled to Child Benefit during the Christmas, Easter and summer holidays, providing they satisfy the conditions that apply to the education concerned. Summer holidays for students in non-higher education start on 1 July and run until 31 August. For students in higher education, they run from 1 July to 30 September.
Young persons awaiting a decision on a medical condition from FPS Social Security, have an unconditional entitlement to basic Child Benefit and the additional supplement up to and including August of the year in which they turn 18. Thereafter, they have an unconditional entitlement to basic Child Benefit until the end of the decision term (up to the age of 21). The conditions for students as described above exclusively affect payment of the additional supplement.
The only exception: Working in a sheltered workplace, social workplace or an adapted work company (companies that employ people who are unable to participate in the open labour market) does not preclude Child Benefit entitlement.
If the young person continues to study after the age of 21, then all standard conditions for students apply. KidsLife will send a letter clearly explaining everything 9 months prior to the student's 21st birthday.
Frequently asked questions
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.
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 2023-2024 school year will be sent in the month of July.
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.
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.
Studying within the European Union? Then we require an E402 document. Studying outside the European Union? 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.