According to an annual survey by the Familles de France association, the average cost of going back to 6th grade was 197.58 euros in stores in 2020. And this is only the bill for supplies. school, to which must be added clothing, extracurricular activities or any support courses.

However, several devices can help households.

The helping hand of the ARS

Some 3 million households benefit each year from the back-to-school allowance, the ARS. This device, paid at the end of August by the family allowance funds (CAF), is conditioned on a certain level of resources. In 2021, the ceiling is for example set at 25,319 euros of categorical net income (income less charges and tax allowances) for a household with a child. Your child must be between 6 and 18 years old and be in school to be eligible for this aid, the amount of which varies from 370 to 404 euros for this school year.

What to do to benefit from it?

If you have already received the ARS, no specific action is necessary, as long as you have completed your annual income tax return with CAF and reported any possible change in your situation.

If you are not yet a beneficiary, you must also complete a declaration of the family benefits situation with your fund.

If you have a teenager between the ages of 16 and 18, you must also confirm that they will still be in school or in an apprenticeship when they return to school.

Scalable scholarships

A large scholarship system also helps support low-income families.

In primary, aid varies depending on the territory.

It is then necessary to contact the school director to find out whether the department or the municipality has set up a "school attendance grant".

In college, students can obtain a quarterly scholarship of 35, 98 or 153 euros for the 2021-2022 school year, to which will automatically be added a bonus of 258, 276 or 297 euros per year if they are in boarding school.

Likewise, in high school, the scholarship includes 6 levels, for an amount ranging from 147 to 311 euros per term, while the internship bonus reaches 258 to 423 euros per year.

In secondary school, scholarship applications are made on paper or online via the Scolarité Services portal of your academy between the beginning of September and the end of October.

As for the grants on social criteria awarded to the university, they include 8 levels for an amount ranging from 1,032 to 5,679 euros, but must be applied for online via the student social file between the months of January and May preceding the start of the school year.

Useful supplements

Other financial aid can reduce the cost of schooling.

For the canteen, the college scholarship allows you to deduct half-board or board costs.

In addition, you can benefit from partial or total support thanks to the social fund for the canteen or on the basis of the family quotient in certain establishments.

Some territories also offer specific aid.

With regard to the vocational path, high school scholarship holders receive an equipment bonus of 341.71 euros when they enroll in a vocational stream that is part of a group of beneficiary specialties.

Finally, the schooling of your children allows you to benefit from a small reduction varying between 61 and 183 euros on your tax.

Pass'Sport, the 2021 boost

While sports clubs have particularly suffered from health restrictions, the state has implemented several measures to revive physical practices.

The new Pass'Sport is part of the lot.

This allowance consists of a reduction of 50 euros on the amount of the license or membership of an association or a club for the year 2021-2022.

This targets young people aged 6 to 18 eligible for the ARS, the education allowance for disabled children and the allowance for disabled adults for 16-18 year olds.

No action is necessary: ​​families will automatically receive this Pass'Sport by mail.


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