In addition to the free provision of certain services, families can request a number of financial grants paid by the state to cover the costs of childcare and then their education, from kindergarten to college.
As soon as they enter kindergarten and until the completion of their children’s higher education, residential families as well as cross-border workers are entitled to a range of financial assistance that is paid in various forms during schooling.
Voucher for reception service. Before starting school, parents of children who are enrolled in a service for education and care (SEA) recognized by the Ministry of National Education, Children and Youth, in a mini-private crèche, or cared for by an authorized parental assistant, can benefit from the admission service check ( CSA).
This system, which requires membership, enables a significant reduction in the costs that parents have to bear for childcare, according to a scale that is determined according to household income, but also according to the child’s rank among siblings. and the type of structure visited.
To join the service, residents only have to go to the municipality or contact the Caisse pour l’avenir des enfants (CAE) for cross-border workers. CSAs are valid from 0 to 12 years and therefore also cover the services of relay houses and school halls outside school hours.
Family allowances. They support families with their daily child support costs and are open to residents and cross-border workers. From birth to the age of 18 – or even longer if the younger person is still enrolled in secondary education – a monthly allowance of EUR 285.41 is set aside for each child aged 0 to 5 years. It then goes to €306.98 between 6 and 11 years and then €339.26 at 12 years.
The application must be submitted to the CAE, for residents as well as for cross-border workers. Children of the spouse of a cross-border worker or a PACS partner may be entitled to this assistance, provided that he can prove that the latter assumes their responsibility and provides for their support.
Back to School Allowance. Paid by CAE each summer at the end of August at the same time as the Family Allowance, the Back to School Allowance offers families a real boost when it’s time to fill their school bags with supplies.
Its amount is fixed per child and varies depending on age: it reaches 115 euros for a student aged 6 and over, and 235 for a teenager aged 12 and over. Parents receive it automatically, without a special procedure and it is not dependent on income.
If your child was born at the end of the year and therefore enters in the second cycle of primary education without turning six years of age on September 15, the school certificates must be sent to the CAE, which will continue with the payment.
AideFi for students: keep an eye on deadlines
Scholarship. In the case of higher education, the grant system takes over the family allowances, which automatically end in July of the year in which the young person comes of age. Founded in 2010, this financial support called “AideFi” is divided into two parts: the scholarship itself and the possibility of taking out a student loan of 2%.
While the amounts of these two components vary according to a number of criteria – including household income tax, study location or enrollment fees – a basic stipend of €1,142 per semester is automatically awarded to all AideFi-eligible students.
For the financially most vulnerable families, a social grant up to 2 210 euros per semester is added. And for students going abroad, a mobility grant of 1 420 euros per semester. Good to know : Total financial aid can be estimated online using the simulator.
The request must be renewed each semester and is submitted directly online via myGuichet.lu – pay attention to the applicable deadlines. For this winter semester, forms must be submitted by the 30th November.
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