When does child benefit stop?
Child benefit normally stops when your child turns 18. In some cases, it may stop sooner.
When your child turns 18
When your child benefit stops depends on when your child turns 18. If your child has not yet reached the age of 18 on the first day of a quarter, you will get child benefit for that quarter.
- Your child turns 18 on 12 April, which is in the second quarter. Your child was not yet 18 on the first day of the 2nd quarter. You will therefore still get child benefit for the second quarter.
- Your child turns 18 on 1 April. That means that your child is 18 on the first day of the second quarter. You will therefore no longer get child benefit as from the second quarter.
If your child is under 18
The child benefit may stop if:
- Your child earns more than a certain amount of money
If your child aged 16 or 17 earns money with a job or traineeship, this may affect your child benefit. If your child is under 16, it does not matter how much he or she earns. Your child benefit will not be affected.
- Child benefit if your child diesIf your child has died, the child benefit will stop after the quarter in which your child died. We will send you a letter about this. If you receive child benefit for other children, the letter will also inform you of the amount you will receive as from the next quarter.
- Your child leaves home and you contribute less than €416 per quarter towards your child's supportFor more information, go to the page entitled 'Your child is leaving home temporarily'
- If you are going to live or work outside the NetherlandsIf you are leaving the Netherlands with your family to live or work abroad, please visit the page entitled 'You and your family are going to live outside the Netherlands'.
- If your child is going to live outside the Netherlands
If your child starts living in another country, for example, to go to school there, you can only continue to receive Dutch child benefit if the Netherlands has an agreement with that country on the verification of entitlement to benefits, including child benefit.
- Your child is aged 16 or 17If your child is aged 16 or 17, your child benefit may stop if he or she:
If your child starts a course of study after the summer holidays for which he or she can receive student finance, the child benefit will stop with effect from the 4th quarter. You will then receive your last child benefit payment after the end of the 3rd quarter.
- does not attend full-time education with the aim of receiving a basic qualification, and is not exempt from obtaining a basic qualification;
- is entitled to student finance, regardless of whether your child applies for this. If you receive a child budget, that will also stop.