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The allocation de rentrée scolaire (ARS) is a grant available to assist parents with the cost of schooling for children aged 6 to 18. This allowance is means tested, applicable to households under a certain level of income, and varies with the child’s age. It may help offset the cost of materials, text books and other provisions.

The grant is known as the ARS (Allocation de Rentrée Scolaire). For the school year 2015-2016 the maximum income ceilings to qualify (taken from your declared income in 2013) are:

€24,306 for 1 child
€29,915 for 2 children
€35,524 for 3 children
€5,609 for each additional child

If your income is slightly higher than the ceiling you may still be entitled to some grant on a tapered calculation.

The amount of the allocation de rentrée scolaire (ARS) are:

  • 362,63 euros for a child age 6 to 10
  • 382,64 euros for a child age 11 to 14
  • 395,90 euros for a child age 15 to 18


To apply for this grant, if you have never received it before, get in touch with your local CAF (Caisses D’Allocation Familiales). More information and an application form can be found at under the heading “Allocation Rentrée Scolaire”. If you have already received the ARS, you should automatically receive it this year for children between the ages of 6 to 16. For children between 16-18 years of age who have received the ARS before, you should make a declaration that your child is still attending school for the school year 2015/2016. As an added convenience, the request can be made online under the “Mon Compte” field on the site.


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