Bonus back to school 2022: amount, age, conditions and payment date of the subsidy

The back to school bonus (ARS), also called the back to school bonus, was born under the presidency of Giscard and since its introduction it has not stopped increasing. This subsidy is used to cover the numerous expenses necessary for a child’s school life: bag, pencil case, pens, school books, etc. The ARS benefits 3.2 million low-income families. Thus, supplies for approximately 5.6 million children are financed by CAF, otherwise they might not have access to them. Who can benefit from the 2022-2023 back-to-school bonus? What are the bonus amounts this year? When will it be paid? Everything you need to know about the Back to School Grant can be found below.

2022 Allocation Amount Compared to 2021

Despite the crisis, the year 2022 will not be the exception to the rule: the amount of the back-to-school bonus is higher than last year. In fact, the assignment is valued for a 1.8% increase.

child’s age

Amount $2021 Amount $2022 Augmentation
Between 6 and 10 years €370.31 €376.98 +€6.67
Between 11 and 14 years old €390.74 €397.78 +€7.04
Between 15 and 18 years old €404.28 €411.56


Back to school bonus 2022: amounts, dates, seniority, etc.

Every year, at the end of the summer, during the second half of August, the Family Allowances Fund (CIF) pays ARS to households with at least 1 child (paid by the Mutuelle sociale agricole if the household depends on the agricultural regime). The back-to-school bonus, also known as the back-to-school bonus, increased again this year, again due to the drop in purchasing power.

A child’s school supply needs vary depending on the school they attend. In fact, when he goes to college, he is asked for more supplies than when he was in elementary school. Same for going to high school. Thus, the amount of the allowances is set according to age brackets corresponding to the estimate of the average age of a child and their level of schooling. For the 2022 school year, these are the amounts:

  • €376.98 for the children of 6 to 10 yearsand younger children enrolled in CP,
  • €397.78 for the children of 11 to 14 years,
  • €411.56 for the children of 15 to 18 years old.

I feel that the age taken into account is not the age at the time of application, but the age your child will be on December 31, 2022. Unless your child turns 18: in this case, they must not reach the age of majority before September 15 of 2022.

Particular case : a child entrusted to a support structure or a childcare service eligible for the back-to-school bonus receives the payments in a blocked account at Caisse des Dépôts. When she reaches the age of majority or becomes emancipated, she gains access to this account.

Who can benefit from the ARS (Back to School Subsidy)?

To obtain the 2022 2023 back to school bonus, two main conditions must be met.

home conditions

Households made up of at least 1 child under the age of 18, whether they are a student, an apprentice (whose salary does not exceed €950) or a student, can benefit from the CAF 2022 back-to-school bonus.

Means Test: Income Limits

Then there are the resource conditions. These conditions are determined by the following ceilings:

  • For 1 dependent childthe net income categorical cap is equal to €25,370.
  • For 2 dependent childrenthe net income categorical cap is equal to €31,225.
  • For 3 dependent childrenthe net income categorical cap is equal to €37,080.
  • For 4 dependent childrenthe net income categorical cap is equal to €42,935.
  • For each additional dependent child, €5,855 must be added to the ceiling.

Categorical net income is listed on your tax notice. It corresponds to all your net wages and other reported income. If you pay alimony, have elder care expenses, or benefit from tax relief, these amounts reduce categorical net income. the power monitoring and the control of inflation are not counted in your tax return. The 2022 back-to-school bonus takes into account your Categorical net income 2020.

If your resources ever slightly exceed the limits above, you can still earn a back-to-school bonus. This will be reduced and recalculated based on your income. Please note that in this case the process may take a little longer. Thus, you could receive your ARS after the start of the school year.

Which are the steps to follow?

If you are already CAF beneficiaries and entitled to the school voucher, it will be paid automatically for your children from 6 to 15 years of age on December 31, 2022. You do not need to contact CAF. On the other hand, there are 2 scenarios where you need to take steps.

If you are not a beneficiary, go to the Caf website to download the benefit request form for the back-to-school bonus. You will need to print it out, fill it out and then send it back to the Café. You will find it under the heading Online services on the tab Make a service request.

For a child between the ages of 16 and 18 (born between September 16, 2004 and December 31, 2006), you must go to the Caf website to confirm that your child is still in school for the start of the 2022 school year. You can make this declaration from mid-July under the Vault My account.

For a child entering CP but those who will only be 6 years old as of 2023, must request a school certificate from their school, which they will send to the Caf.

What are the steps to obtain the ARS?

In general, if you are a CAF beneficiary, you do not have to take any action. If you are eligible for ARS, you will automatically receive it in the second half of August. On the other hand, if you are not a CAF beneficiary, you must complete the ARS application form and send it to your CAF.

Even if you are a recipient, there are two specific situations where you should take action:

  • Your child enters CP and will not be 6 years old in 2022. You will have to collect a school certificate from their school and send it to the CAF.
  • Your child was born between September 16, 2004 and December 31, 2006. Confirm on the CAF website that your child is still in school.

What ceiling must not be exceeded to receive the back to school bonus?

The categorical cap of net income that you must not exceed to receive the back-to-school bonus depends on your number of dependent children.

  • €25,370 for 1 dependent child.
  • €31,225 for 2 dependent children.
  • €37,080 for 3 dependent children.
  • €42,935 for 4 dependent children.
  • €48,790 for 5 dependent children.
  • €54,645 for 6 dependent children.
  • €60,500 for 7 dependent children.

Why didn’t I receive the back to school bonus?

If it is still August and you have not received the back to school bonus, this may be due to processing time, contact your CAF.

If it is September and you have not received the back to school bonus, this can be explained in several ways:

  • your resources exceed the ceilings established for the premium,
  • you have not updated your situation on the CAF website (providing your latest statements),
  • you are not a CAF beneficiary and you have not completed a form,
  • you have not provided a school certificate for your child under 6 years of age enrolled in CP,
  • you have not confirmed on the CAF website that your child over the age of 16 is still in school,
  • your child has been entrusted to child welfare, the back-to-school voucher is deposited in a blocked account at the Caisse des dépôts, to which you do not have access.

How to calculate the differential ARS?

Differential ARS is defined by increased caps. The increased limits are the sum of the limit corresponding to your family situation and the ARS that you must obtain. If your resources are below the increased cap, you benefit from the ARS spread. The amount is calculated by subtracting your resources from the increased limit.

You have 2 children ages 7 and 15. The income ceiling for 2 children is €31,225. The ARS is €376.98 for a 7-year-old and €411.56 for a 15-year-old. Add the ceiling and the theoretical ARS: €31,225 + €376.98 + €411.56 = €32,013.54. This is the value of the increased ceiling.
Your category net income for 2020 is €31,490. The amount of your total ARS will be: €32,013.54 – €31,490 = €523.54.

Where to find your categorical net income?

Categorical net income is the sum of all the declared income you receive (salary, salary, service, property income, etc.) less your real or fixed charges and your tax deductions. You must notify your CAF.

To find the categorical net income for 2020, take your 2020 tax notice. The categorical net income appears next to the mention taxable income.

Since CAF uses your income from year N-2 to calculate your aid, if your resources have been drastically reduced, you can request that your income from year N-1 be taken into account.

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