Applying for financial aid for students from low-income families enrolled in the conventional or general secondary education system

Under certain conditions, students attending a conventional or general secondary-education school in Luxembourg may receive financial assistance from the Psychosocial and Scholastic Assistance Centre (Centre psycho-social et d’accompagnement scolaires – CPAS).

This subsidy is granted for the purpose of purchasing school supplies, and contributing to expenses for extracurricular activities and activities outside of school.

The amount of the subsidy is based on the household's net income and the number of dependent children.

Who is concerned

The following students are eligible for the subsidy granted by the CPAS:

  • students in full-time schooling or in a concurrent education programme in the general or conventional secondary-education system, in a Luxembourg public secondary education institution, or in a contractual private education institution applying the Luxembourg public education curriculum;
  • who come from a low-income family

The application for the subsidy must be filed by the person who is responsible for the student.

In case of joint parental authority and alternating residence of the child, the parents are free to decide which of them will submit the application.

Prerequisites

To obtain the financial aid, the applicant must:

  • be a natural person;
  • be of legal age on the date the application is submitted;
  • live with the student in question and hold parental authority over them;
  • belong to a household living below the low-income threshold.

Deadlines

To apply for the aid, the application form must be duly completed and signed, and returned to the Psychosocial and Scholastic Assistance Department (Service psycho-social et d’accompagnement scolaire – SPAS) of the school where the student is enrolled no later than 15 October of the school year for which the subsidy is being requested.

Applications filed after this deadline, or which do not meet the income criteria, will be refused.

How to proceed

Submitting the application

Eligible students can pick up the application form for financial assistance at their school’s SePAS from July of the previous school year.

The form is a questionnaire to be completed. On submission, it must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • a certificate of registration with the Joint Social Security Centre (Centre commun de la sécurité sociale - CCSS) for the whole calendar year preceding the date of filing of the application, for all people of legal age within the household;
  • the applicant's income statements for the past 3 months (except August) and, where applicable, those of their spouse or partner;
  • a certificate of payment of family benefits or, failing that, a copy of the latest bank statement (the school benefit is not taken into account);
  • farmers, winegrowers and all self-employed people must attach the most recent certificate issued by their tax office, along with a copy of the most recent CCSS statement showing the taxable income on which their social security contributions are based;
  • if applicable, a social report or social enquiry from the SePAS or CePAS, regarding the student;
  • the enrollment certificate issued by the student's school (the school's stamp on the application form, signed and dated, is accepted as proof);
  • an enrollment certificate if another member of the household is enrolled at university.
The Psychosocial and Scholastic Assistance Centre (CePAS) or the Psycho-social school support service (SePAS) may ask for any further information or additional documentary proof.
The applicant has 10 days to submit the required documents. If these documents are not provided within that time frame, the application is considered to be refused.

Applications for aid must be renewed every year.

An application must be lodged with the SePAS for each dependent child in the household.

The CePAS notifies the applicant of its decision and sends a copy to the SePAS. If the aid is denied, the applicant will be informed of the reasons for the refusal.

Makeup of the financial assistance package

The financial aid package is made up of:

  • a first portion for the purchase of school supplies;
  • a second portion.

First portion (a lump-sum amount of EUR 300 for the purchase of school supplies)

For the 2017-2018 school year, the first portion is paid:

  • in September for students who also received financial assistance for the previous school year;
  • in October for students who had to resit an exam, or who received summer assignments or revision assignments;
  • in November/December for new recipients of the financial assistance.

Second portion of the subsidy for low-income households

The amount is determined using a social index, calculated on the basis of:

  • the composition of the household in which the student lives;
  • the household's net income (only the incomes of the applicant and their spouse/partner are taken into account).

The amount of the subsidy varies based on the social index.

For the calculation of the social index, the student is considered to be:

  • a child if they live with their mother or father or with any other natural person on whom they are dependent;
  • an adult if they live alone or cohabit, with or without dependent children, and are not eligible for the stay-in-school subsidy.

The low-income household subsidy is paid before 1 May of the school year in question.

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