New rules for child benefit for children aged 16 and 17

Since 1 January 2020, the child benefit rules for children aged 16 and 17 have changed.

What has changed?

If a child aged 16 or 17 qualifies for student finance, this will no longer affect the child benefit situation for that child. As from the first quarter of 2020, you can still get child benefit for a child that qualifies for student finance.

  • If your child benefit claim was rejected in the 4th quarter of 2019 because your child qualified for student finance, you do not have to do anything further. We will inform you automatically in the first quarter of 2020 that your child benefit will start again.
  • If your child benefit claim was rejected earlier than 1 October 2019, check whether your child qualifies again under the new rules and contact your SVB office.

If a child is earning income, this will no longer affect the child benefit situation for that child. As from the first quarter of 2020, you can still get child benefit no matter how much your child earns.

  • If your child benefit claim was rejected in the 4th quarter of 2019 because your child was earning too much, check whether your child qualifies again under the new rules and contact your SVB office.