Parents of students look forward to it every year. The back-to-school allowance should help families buy notebooks, pens, compasses and other highlighters. While many homes are already beginning to prepare for the return to school, this aid is paid in part on Tuesday August 16. To finance the purchase of school supplies, while the inflation rate reached 6.1% over one year in July, a 4% revaluation of this benefit was voted by Parliament within the framework of the law on purchasing power. Here is what you need to know about the conditions for paying this allowance this year. Three million families are concerned As every year, the allowance is paid on a means-tested basis to families with school-going children aged 6 to 18 years. More than three million families are affected by this back-to-school assistance. To be eligible, you must not exceed the income ceiling detailed on the website of the Caisse d’allocations familliales (Caf). Thus, for a dependent child, the maximum amount of resources to be eligible for ARS is 25,370 euros. For two children, the maximum is 31,225 euros. For 3 and 4 children, the ceiling increases to 37,080 euros and 42,935 euros respectively. In order to find out if your household is eligible, the government has set up a simulator. If your resources slightly exceed these amounts, a differential back-to-school allowance may be paid to you, details the Caf on its site. For children aged 6 to 15, the aid is automatically transferred to recipients already registered with the Caf, without any specific procedure to be carried out. For parents of children aged 16 to 18, it will be necessary to specify with the Caf if your child is still in school for the start of the 2022 school year. Finally, if you are not a beneficiary of the Caf, you will have to apply for a benefit on the website of the Family Allowance Fund by completing a dedicated form. This aid increases by 4% this year This year, the amount of the back-to-school allowance increases by 4%. This revaluation, of around 15 euros, was passed as part of the purchasing power law in early August to protect the French against rising prices. An increase of 4% which is not up to the expectations of the FCPE. “It’s a start but it is far from enough”, reacted on franceinfo the secretary general of the FCPE, Eric Labastie. According to the parents’ federation, the back-to-school allowance should have been indexed to inflation, which reached 6.1% over one year according to INSEE. Including the revaluation, the total amount of the allowance for the start of the 2022 school year will be 392 euros for children aged 6 to 10, 413 euros for their elders aged 11 to 14 and finally 428 euros for older children, aged 15 to 18. It is paid in two instalments Revaluation obliges, the back-to-school allowance will, exceptionally this year, be paid in two instalments. All the departments will see the sum arrive in their account on Tuesday August 16, with the exception of Mayotte and Reunion which have already received it since August 2. In a second step, the French will receive the amount of the revaluation voted by the government, “at the beginning of September 2022”, according to the government site, which specifies that this payment will be made “at the same time as the monthly payment of the other benefits. “. It is distinct from the inflation bonus The back-to-school allowance, paid each year, should not be confused with the exceptional back-to-school bonus. As its name suggests, this bonus is paid only in 2022, to beneficiaries of social minima and housing aid, to scholarship students, but also to French people who receive the activity bonus. Voted under the purchasing power law, this exceptional bonus will be paid in September. Its amount will be 100 euros per household and 50 euros per child. In France, 10.8 million households are affected by this aid, according to the Ministry of the Economy.
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