Why are points counted?
We look at who is part of your family to determine how much you are able to earn while being eligible for an allowance.
We express personal hardship in the form of points. The more points you score, the higher your income can be while still being eligible for an allowance.
The following people are included when calculating your family’s score. We call them “considered people”:
- You or your partner’s children, stepchildren, foster children and adopted children;
- Other children for whom you or your partner receive the Groeipakket;
- Other dependants;
- Other pupils or students who are not dependants, and are not deemed to be married, single, or independent students.
This always relates to people who are “income providers” at the residential address of the student for whom an education allowance is paid. Income providers are usually the student’s parents. You can find more information on our page about de facto families. We consider the family circumstances as of 31 December of the current school year.
Add it up
This breakdown lets you work out your family’s score:
|Baseline (not for single or independent students without children)||1|
|One point for each dependant in the family||+ 1|
|One point for each non-dependant student who is not a married, single, or independent student||+ 1|
|Each person in higher education (including second bachelor or second master’s degree). 1 point is deducted from the total score, but can never be less than 0.||+ 1|
|Each family member who is registered disabled (66%).||+ 1|
Important: each individual can count for several points.
Let’s take a look at an example for clarity.
We’ll consider the education allowance for Marie, a secondary education student. She has a brother in primary education who receives a healthcare allowance due to a disability. Both children live with their parents.
This family’s score is 4: 1 baseline point, 2 points as there are 2 dependent children, and 1 point because the son is disabled.
What do I do with my family’s score?
If your circumstances are exceptional or if you want to double-check your score with your Groeipakket coach, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We’d be pleased to help.
Be sure to get in touch if:
- a child entitled to the Groeipakket joins or leaves your family.
- a person in your family is recognised as being disabled and did not previously score a point.
- someone in your family is over the age of 25 and in higher education.
You can use your score and your family income to work out for yourself how much education allowance you can receive for your child: calculate your education allowance.