Child benefit

When can you get child benefit at twice the basic rate for a child living away from home for educational purposes?

You may be able to claim child benefit at twice the basic rate if:

  • your child is receiving vocational training ('BOL' or 'BBL') which is only available at a few locations in the Netherlands and the distance between the family home and the nearest school that offers the training is more than 25 km, or
  • your child attends a secondary school specializing in top-class sport, dance or music ('DAMU' or 'LOOT' school), and the distance between the family home and the nearest school that offers the training is more than 25 km, or
  • your child is receiving vocational or pre-vocational training and also attends a training programme for top talents at a centre for top-class sport, and the distance between the family home and the nearest school that offers the training is more than 25 km, or
  • your child is receiving VMBO education at the Maritime Academy (Maritieme academie) in Harlingen or IJmuiden, or at the Shipping and Transport College (Scheepvaart- en transportcollege) in Rotterdam, and the distance between the family home and the educational establishment is more than 25 km (if your child is required to be resident at the academy or college, the distance between the family home and the school is irrelevant), or
  • you have a profession that makes it impossible for the child to live at home, e.g. you work on a barge, or as a funfair operator or circus artist, or
  • you live on Ameland, Vlieland, Terschelling or Schiermonnikoog, or
  • you live in a remote area outside the Netherlands where there are few opportunities for education, and your child cannot travel to and from the educational establishment on a daily basis, or
  • you live outside the Netherlands and you work in the public interest. This applies, for example, if you work for the Dutch government or for an international organization, such as NATO.

We will also look at the costs of support of your child as well as the child's income.

If your child will be following a course of education abroad

If so, you can only get child benefit at twice the basic rate under the new conditions if:

  • the non-Dutch education is considered equivalent to a Dutch course of education for which child benefit would be payable at twice the basic rate; and
  • there is no equivalent course available within a 25-km radius of your child's home address (before the child moved away from home to receive the education).

Education programmes for the 2018/2019 academic year

Check whether your child's education programme meets the conditions for child benefit to be payable at twice the basic rate (only in Dutch)