‘Full-time attendance at an educational establishment’: what counts?

Attention all parents! For the education allowance we now have specific minimum measurements for what qualifies as full-time attendance at an educational establishment: check out whether and how this affects you!

Why is this significant?

The payment of the education allowance is dependent on children’s ‘regular full-time attendance’, without specifying the number of hours or credits required to meet this criteria.

So what counts?

For primary and secondary school (and post-secondary non‑tertiary education): 16 contact hours (classes or practical work) per week.

For higher (‘tertiary’) education: 30 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits or equivalent (where the institution does not use ECTS).

As ever, there are exceptions to these rules, e.g. for instances of fewer hours (slide 9) or for distance learning. If you don’t find your particular would-be exception listed, ask the question and let us know the outcome.

Where does this come from and how recent is it?

The Heads of Administration agreed this in July 2020 and it is set out their Revised Conclusion No 237/05, published 24 September 2020.

Note: the closing date for all education allowance applications is 15 November 2020.

Feel free to get in touch and tell us whether this changed your circumstances!

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