The start of the new school year has been big on the shelves of supermarkets for several weeks already! A must for parents of children from primary school to high school, who will have to go to the cashier … But who can rely on assistance from the Caf to cope with this ordeal. Provided they are eligible.

Back to school has a price

Back to school has a price

The start of the school year has a cost that the Confédération des Familles measures each year: around $ 165 on average for a CP pupil, almost $ 200 for CM1, $ 330 to 350 for a high school student and $ 400 for a high school student. Why such an amount? Digital equipment has been raising the bill for a few years, but households with the lowest incomes can count on the back-to-school allowance (ARS) to take care of a good part of it. Nearly 3 million families are affected by this aid paid by the Family Allowance Fund.

Age and education requirements

Age and education requirements

In 2019, the ARS is aimed at parents of children born between September 16, 2001 and December 31, 2013, that is to say between the ages of 6 and 18 (from CP to 12th grade). Public and private schools are concerned, as well as distance education when it is attached to an organization.

Kindergarten is not part of the system, except for disabled children whose schooling in kindergarten is prolonged. For young adults born before September 16, 2001 but still in school, they are no longer eligible for ARS, but they can apply for the high school scholarship. With regard to apprentices, the ARS is reserved for those whose remuneration does not exceed 55% of the minimum wage.

Three amounts depending on the age of the child

Three amounts depending on the age of the child

The ARS amount varies not according to the parents’ income but the child’s age:

  • $ 368.84 from 6 to 10 years old;
  • $ 389.19 from 11 to 14 years old;
  • $ 402.67 from 15 to 18 years old.

Parents’ income determines whether or not they are eligible for the back-to-school allowance:

  • $ 24,697 for a dependent child;
  • $ 30,397 for two dependent children;
  • $ 36,096 for three dependent children;
  • $ 5,699 per additional child.

Tight budget and consolidation of appropriations

Tight budget and consolidation of appropriations

Spending on education is a burden in itself. Other elements can destabilize a budget, such as the reimbursement of several credits, with the payment of various monthly payments which can end up starting the remainder to live . It is possible to combine all your loans into one by taking out a loan repurchase. The mechanics is to group the loans in a single contract with longer duration, with a single rate and a single monthly payment (instead of the various loan maturities); if the total cost is higher in the end, the monthly payments can be reduced in order to free up the rest of the living.