Child benefit

What do we mean by basic qualification?

A basic qualification is a HAVO or VWO diploma or an MBO diploma at level 2 or higher.

The basic qualification requirement

According to the basic qualification requirement, children aged 16 or 17 who have not obtained a basic qualification are obliged to receive education until they are 18 in the aim of obtaining such a qualification.

Children do not necessarily have to go to school 5 days a week. It is also possible to obtain a basic qualification while combining education with work. For instance, under the apprenticeship system in MBO education (BBL).

The child must actually attend the required lessons or traineeships. The child benefit will stop if the school attendance officer informs us that the child's attendance is insufficient.

When is a child exempt from obtaining a basic qualification?

A child is exempt from obtaining a basic qualification if, for example, he or she is handicapped or has attended a school for employment-oriented training or special education.

If your child aged 16 or 17 has a basic qualification

If your child starts working, or is still in education, the child benefit will stop if he or she:

  • starts attending higher professional education or university, and qualifies for student finance, or
  • earns more than a certain amount

What does the basic qualification requirement mean for children who live outside the Netherlands?

The terms basic qualification and basic qualification requirement are specific to the Dutch education system. If a child lives outside the Netherlands, we will check whether he or she:

  • attends full-time education aimed at obtaining a qualification that will give him or her a reasonable chance of finding skilled work, or
  • has completed this type of education and obtained such a qualification, or
  • is not able to receive education due to illness or a handicap.