Family benefits and subsidies in Luxembourg

Resident or cross-border worker, what family allowances can you claim in Luxembourg? There are different types of financial aid directly related to the schooling and education of the child.

Below we detail the following family aids:

  • Birth Allowance
  • Allowances for the future of the children with calculation of the family allowances thanks to our integrated calculator
  • Back-to-school allowance
  • Low Income Grant
  • School Retention Grant
  • Special supplementary allowance for a child with a disability
  • Welcome Service Cheque (CSA).

Birth Allowance

The birth allowance is not automatic. A frontier worker cannot receive the birth allowance on behalf of the mother. The Luxembourg childbirth allowance cannot be combined with a childbirth allowance paid in the country of residence.

The childbirth allowance is paid on request, in 3 instalments of 580.03 euros each time. The conditions for obtaining the award are as follows:

  • Before the birth: the prenatal allowance is paid to the mother of the child. To do so, she must reside in Luxembourg or be affiliated to the Social Security at the time of the last of the 5 required medical examinations or the dental examination.
  • At birth: the birth allowance is paid to the mother of the child. For this, the child must be viable (minimum 22 weeks of gestation), the mother must reside in Luxembourg or be affiliated to the CCSS at the time of the birth. The mother must also undergo a medical examination by a specialist in gynecology or obstetrics.
  • After birth: this allowance is paid if the child has been raised continuously in Luxembourg since birth. It is also paid if one of the two parents works in Luxembourg or is affiliated to it since the birth of the child until he/she is 2 years old. In addition, the child must have 6 check-ups by a doctor until the age of 2.

The birth allowance is to be applied for at the Children’s Future Fund. See how to declare the birth of a child in Luxembourg.

Children’s Future Allowance

By being or becoming a parent in Luxembourg, you can benefit fromfamily allowances paid by the Luxembourg government. These are paid to help parents raise and educate their child. In principle, these benefits are paid until the child is 18 years old or until the child completes higher education (maximum age 25).

In the Grand Duchy, family allowances are paid differently depending on your family and professional situation, the composition of your family, your residence,… We specify below the conditions of obtaining and the steps to take to benefit from it.

For whom and under what conditions?

The Children’s Future Allowance is a personal rights of any child residing in Luxembourg. The allowance is due from the month of birth until the age of 18. However, this right can be extended until the child reaches the age of 25 if he or she meets the required conditions.

The allowance is no longer due as of the month following the child’s 18th birthday, except if the child is pursuing secondary education or equivalent studies.

In the event of the death of a beneficiary child, the allowance ceases the following month.

This aid is paid by the “Zukunfskeess“, the fund for the future of children (CAE).

Luxembourg residents

Every child – biological or adopted – residing in Luxembourg is entitled to the allowance for the future of children. This assistance is paid from birth to majorityThis is until he or she reaches the age of 18. This assistance can be extended
until age 25 if the child is pursuing higher education. These studies can be general, technical, specialized, apprenticeship, or any other complementary or preparatory training. These studies must be pursued in Luxembourg for at least 24 hours per week. Higher education by correspondence is not eligible for the child’s future allowance.

Children who receive a differentiated education with adapted follow-up abroad can also benefit from the Child’s Future allowances beyond their 18th birthday.

In order to receive this allowance, the child must reside legally in the Grand Duchy on a continuous basis . Otherwise, the case must correspond to certain specific situations. The accompaniment abroad of a worker posted by his employer in another country of the European Union corresponds to one of these cases.

From the month he turns 18, the young person has the possibility to apply for family allowance in his own name at the CAE.

Non-residents, cross-border workers

Frontier workers are also eligible to receive the allowance for the future of children provided they meet certain conditions.

The child’s parents must work in Luxembourg and be affiliated to the common social security center. Their child must reside in a European Union country that has a social security agreement with the Grand Duchy.

Specific case of European officials

An anti-cumulative device has been put in place if one of the parents works for a European institution. A child who resides in Luxembourg and is entitled to both Luxembourg and non-Luxembourg family benefits is not eligible for supplementary aid. In this case, the Luxembourg family benefits are suspended up to the amount of the family benefits paid according to the non-Luxembourg system.

Specific case of posted workers

In the context of the posting of workers, it is important to distinguish between posting to Luxembourg and posting outside Luxembourg.

  • Secondment to Luxembourg

If a parent is seconded to Luxembourg by his or her employer, he or she remains subject to the social security system of his or her sending country, while temporarily residing in the Grand Duchy. His children have then only no right to family benefits.

However, the situation is different if one of the parents starts working in the Grand Duchy and is, as such, affiliated to the Luxembourg social security system. In this case, Luxembourg pays on the basis of this work the differential complement, that is, the difference between the amounts paid by the sending country and those existing in the Grand Duchy.

  • Secondment outside Luxembourg

No change is to be expected if the employee posted to another EU country remains affiliated to the Luxembourg social security system. However, the parent must maintain a legal residence within the European Union. These two conditions are cumulative.

Operation and amount of family allowances

Family allowances or allowances for the future of the child are transferred in the last week of the month for which they are due. However, the date may vary from month to month.

Since the August1, 2016 reform, there are two family allowance systems. Family allowance amounts differ between pre- and post-2016 plans:

Old regime, before 2016

The child benefits from the old family allowance system:

  • If born before August 1, 2016,
  • If his or her parents were working or living in Luxembourg before August 1, 2016.

Amount paid :

  • 1 child : 271,66 euros
  • 2 children : 609,37 euros
  • 3 children : 1.059,09 euros
  • 4 children : 1.508,97 euros
  • 5 children : 1.958,51 euros

New regime, after 2016

The child benefits from the new family allowance system in the following cases:

  • If an only child or born on or after August 1, 2016.
  • If her parents were living or working in Luxembourg on or after August 1, 2016.

Since this new law, only children born in or out of wedlock or adopted by a worker in Luxembourg can benefit from family allowances.

Amount paid :

The allowance is standardized. The monthly amount of the family allowance is 271.66 euros per child, plus a first increase of 20 euros from the age of six and a second increase of 50 euros from the age of 12.

How to apply for child benefit?

All applications for an allowance must be made to the Children’s Fund.

Parents must fill out a form and submit it with the requested documents.

For residents:

  • An extract from the child’s birth certificate,
  • A bank statement,
  • Proof of authorization to stay in Luxembourg for all family members for residents of nationalities other than EU, EEA or Switzerland.

For non-residents:

  • A certificate of residence,
  • A household composition,
  • An extract from the child’s birth certificate,
  • A bank statement,
  • If benefits were paid abroad: a certificate concerning the right to family benefits.

School-related grants

Back-to-school allowance

The back-to-school allowance aims to alleviate the expenses of families during this period when children need to be equipped for school: clothes, school supplies, etc.

For whom and under what conditions?

The back-to-school allowance is paid to every child from the age of six, when he or she starts elementary school, until the end of secondary school or equivalent.

Children admitted to the second cycle ofbasic education who have not yet turned six years old at the time of the start of the school year are also entitled to the allowance. However, a school certificate must be presented.

Amount of the back-to-school allowance

The back-to-school allowance consists of a single amount paid per child. It is 115 euros from the age of 6 and 235 euros from the age of 12. It is paid in August of each year.

Steps to benefit from the back-to-school allowance

The re-entry allowance is paid automatically. Therefore, no application is required.

If, however, a child is admitted to the 2nd cycle of basic education, but has not yet reached the required age of six, a school certificate must be presented in order to receive the allowance.

Low Income Grant

For whom and under what conditions?

The June 22, 2017 law introduces a subsidy for low-income households. It is intended for families with one or more children enrolled in a Luxembourgsecondary or technical secondary school.

It can also be a private educational institution under contract if it applies the official program of the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth. Finally, the student must be enrolled full-time or in concurrent education.

The family must meet a few requirements such as:

  • reside with the student in school,
  • have parental authority over the child,
  • have a net monthly income below the low-income household threshold.

Low Income Grant Amount

The low-income household subsidy is allocated to the household based on a social index that varies according to household composition and monthly net income.

As an indication, this threshold is 2,615 euros net/month for a single-parent family with one dependent child, 3,506 euros net/month for a couple with one dependent child or 4,250.43 euros net/month for a couple with two dependent children.

This aid amounts to between 646.13 euros and 969.18 euros per year per student. The grant is paid in two instalments: the first instalment at the beginning of the school year, the second in April.

Depending on household circumstances, some students may also be eligible for a preferential rate for school meals .

How to apply for the low-income subsidy

The grant application must be made as an individual by October 15. It must be repeated each year with the SePAS (Psycho-social and School Support Service) of the high school of each student concerned.

A separate application must be made for each child in the household. The applicant is informed in November whether or not this social measure has been granted.

School Retention Grant

For whom and under what conditions?

The School Retention Grant is for students who have reached the age of majority and are in psycho-social distress and are forced to live on their own.

To be eligible for this assistance, several conditions must be met:

  • Be between 18 and 30 years old at the time of application,
  • Be enrolled full-time – or in concurrent training – in a Luxembourg public secondary or technical secondary school. It may also be a private educational institution under contract if it follows the official Ministry of Education, Children and Youth,
  • Pursue education until graduation.
  • Being forced to live alone and being in psycho-social distress, having to pay rent certified by a SePAS social report,
  • Be followed by a social worker and/or a psychologist from SePAS.

There is no deadline for the submission of applications.

School Maintenance Grant Amount

The School Retention Grant is awarded for the duration of one school year. This is paid directly into the account of the young person who made the request, in three-month increments from the time of the request.

The amount is based on income status and rental costs.

Payment stops three months after graduation at the latest.

How to apply for the School Retention Grant

All applications must begin with an appointment with the school’s SePAS in order to analyze the social situation and submit the application. A social and financial report is then written by a social worker before being submitted to CePAS for processing and approval.

Please note that there is no deadline for submitting applications.

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Special supplementary allowance ASS for a child with a disability

For whom and under what conditions?

The special supplementary allowance is a financial aid to compensate for the additional expenses that a child’s disability may cause.

The child must have one or more conditions that cause a permanent impairment of at least 50% of the physical or mental abilities of a child of the same age. This rate of disability is determined by the social security medical examiner. However, this assessment may vary from that of the child’s treating physician.

This monthly assistance complements the family allowance. The child must therefore receive the latter.

Like the family allowance, this financial aid is paid until the child reaches the age of 18, but can also be extended to the age of 25 if the conditions are met.

Steps to obtain the additional special allowance

All applications for a special supplementary allowance must be submitted to the Children’s Fund (CAE).

Parents must send the organization a duly completed form, as well as a recent detailed medical certificate .

Other family benefits

In addition to the family allowances detailed above, you can also benefit from additionaltax advantages due to your dependent children.

Luxembourg Service Cheques, after-school grants

Welcome Service Cheque – CSA extra-curricular fee contribution

Are your children in a crèche, a day care center, a Maison-Relais in the framework of thebasic school? Do they participate in extracurricular activities? You can benefit from the Welcome-Service-Cheque.

What is the CSA?

The Chèque-Service-Accueil is a financial aid in kind paid by the Luxembourg government for the extracurricular care of children up to the age of 12.

The financial support offered by the CSA or Chèque Service Accueil is for families with one or more children in day care centers or day care homes or enrolled in theLuxembourg basic education. Families can benefit until the child is 12 years old, or later if the child is still in the basic school system.

Financial assistance is provided for in-kind payment for childcare, but may also help fund after-school activities with CSA providers.

Membership is free and can be taken throughout the year.

The Chèque Service Accueil is paid directly to the provider identified as “CSA provider”. This subsidy translates into a reduction in the amount of the bill that parents have to pay at the end of the month.

The CSA promotes theintegration of children into the Luxembourg system. This assistance aims to strengthen social cohesion by providing equal opportunities for all children.

CSA Recipients

Parents wishing to apply for membership should contact the municipal administration of their place of residence.

Since September 2016, non-resident Europeans working in Luxembourg can also benefit from the Chèque-service accueil.

Amount of CSA Financial Assistance

The Chèque-accueil service is a benefit in kind. It provides parents with reduced rates for education and childcare services in the area of “non-formal education”.

Until the start of the 2022 school year, the amount of financial assistance granted by the CSA is calculated according to several criteria:

  • income level of the parents,
  • number of children in the household receiving family allowances
  • number of hours of non-formal education the child received in the month of calculation.

This grant offered by the state allows parents to benefit from:

  • 3 hours of free childcare per week in a childcare facility
  • Reduced rates on childcare services.

2022 reform of child care rates

From the beginning of the school year 2022, the reception in the public structures of relay houses, day care centers and nursery assistants will be free of charge for the school periods for the children of the fundamental.
The children of the early years are therefore not concerned and during the school vacations, parents will no longer benefit from the 100 euro per week cap on participation.

For the private structures, the parents’ income will no longer be a criterion for the payment of the 6 euros aid. Parents will pay the difference between the rate applied by the childcare facility and the 6 euros paid by the state.

Meals taken in the framework of the school catering will be free of charge.

How to benefit from the CSA Welcome-Service Voucher?

The Welcome-Service-Check is established for a period of 12 months. It is established by means of the following supporting documents:

  • Certificate of residence
  • Proof of income
  • Divorce decree and proof of alimony if concerned
  • if one of the parents works for a European institution: birth certificate of the child and of the parent who is applying, work contract, tax form, last 3 pay slips, certificate of payment of family allowances. de

Luxembourg residents

Residents must apply for membership in the SHA through their municipality of residence.

Non-residents, cross-border workers

To benefit from the CSA, one of the parents must work in Luxembourg and be a national of the European Union.

To apply for the Welcome-Service Check, the border worker must:

  • Go tothe counter of the
    Children’s Future Fund
    . The contract will be drawn up on the spot, provided that all the required documents are presented.
  • Apply by mail by filling out the form and attaching supporting documents. The contract will be sent by mail, once the file is complete.

Note that you can also benefit from the CSA for certain institutions providing musical activities, artistic clubs or sports associations and welcoming children up to 12 years old. These providers must be identified as “CSA Provider”. Ask for information when you register your children in these after-school care facilities.