Back to School Allowance 2022

The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is a one-off, means-tested payment. It is aimed at helping families with the extra costs of children starting school each autumn.

How Much Is The Back to School Allowance in 2022 ?

The Back to School Allowance was already going to be higher in 2022 than it was in 2021.
A further increase of €100 per child was announced on June 5th.
The new amounts for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance (BTSCFA) in 2022 are listed below:

  • €260 for each eligible child aged 4-11 on or before 30 September 2022
  • €385 for each eligible child aged 12-22 on or before 30 September 2022
  • (Children aged between 18 and 22 years must be in full-time second-level education in a recognised school or college.)

Examples :-

  • Someone who qualifies with three children aged 4 , 7 and 13 will get back to school allowance of €905.
  • Someone with 3 children over 12 will get back to school allowance of €1155

These increases are temporary measures for the current school year only.


When will the Back to School Allowance be Paid in 2022?

Payment of the Back to School Allowance will be made in the week beginning July 11th 2022. This is the payment date for those people that get it automatically.
The payment will be made in two stages this year – with the recent increase of €100 payment per qualifying child going out separetly on 18th July.

However, all futire payments to those who are making fresh claims will include the €100 increase for each child in a single payment .


Is The Back to School Allowance Paid Automatically?

The Department of Social Protection pays the Back to School Allowance automatically to most families that qualify.
Anyone who qualifies automatically should have received a letter by June 20th 2022. The letter will confirm when the Allowance is going to be paid.

If you received the allowance last year, you should get the payment automatically this year again if your circumstances haven’t changed.
If you didn’t get a confirmation letter by June 20th – you will need to apply if you think you are eligible.


( Application details further down the page).


Back to School Allowance Application Dates

Online applications opened on June 20th 2022


Here is the page to apply online for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance .

(Do NOT apply if you got it last year and your circumstances haven’t changed. )


IMPORTANT :
To apply online you must have a verified MyGovID account. 
You will need a Public Services Card to get verified. If you do not have a PSC card you will need to contact the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance section on 071 91 93318 or 0818 11 11 13 and they will try to enable you to become MyGovID verified.

The official closing date for applications is September 30th 2022

Any person whose circumstances have changed should contact the Department of Social Protection at 0818 11 11 13 or  (071) 919 3318 or email bscfa@welfare.ie.
(P.S. There is no longer any need to worry about the cost of 1818 calls )


Who Qualifies for the Back to School Allowance?

To qualify for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance  you need to fulfil the criteria below:

  • Be getting a “qualifying” social welfare payment (includes Covid PUP, Jobseekers , Working Family Payment and Back to Work Family Dividend) , Full list below. AND
  • Be in receipt of an increase for a qualified child (IQC) in respect of each child for whom the allowance is being claimed (This does not apply to Covid payment, Maternity or Adoptive Benefit.)

OR

  • Be taking part in an approved employment scheme, Back to Work Family Dividend, Youth Employment Support Scheme, Community Employment, Community Services Programme, Tús, Gateway, Short Term Enterprise Allowance, Back to Work Enterprise Allowance, Jobs Initiative, Youthreach, Rural Social Schemes and Springboard Initiative.

As well as meeting the above requirements – You must also satisfy a household means test 

The following incomes are not counted in the means test.
Child Benefit, Rent Supplement, Working Family Payment,
Guardian’s Payments, Blind Welfare Allowance,
Rehabilitation Training Allowance,
rehabilitative employment (up to €120 per week), Domiciliary Care Allowance, Mobility Allowance.



The assessed weekly household income must be less than the amounts shown in the table below in order to qualify.

Number
of
Children
Income Limit
Couples
Income Limit
Lone Parents
1€600.70€600.70
2€637.70€637.70
3€674.70€674.70
4€711.70€711.70

All dependent children are taken into account for the income limits. This includes children who do not qualify for BSCFA because they are aged under 4.

The weekly income limit for one-parent households has been increased to the same as two-parent households in 2022.

Savings and property are taken into account . Full details of how assessed income is calculated can be seen here


Foster Children

BSCFA is not payable in respect of foster children. The financial support given to foster parents from Tusla already includes assistance with the cost of clothing for the foster child.

Qualifying Income List

Qualifying Payments for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Scheme

Payments from Social Welfare

  • Adoptive Benefit, Blind Person’s Pension,Carer’s Benefit/Allowance ,
  • Deserted Wife’s Benefit/Allowance , Disablement Benefit,
  • Disability Allowance, Farm Assist,Guardian’s Payment ,
  • Health and Safety Benefit ,Illness Benefit,Injury Benefit ,
  • Invalidity Pension, Jobseeker’s Benefit/Allowance ,
  • Maternity Benefit,One-Parent Family Payment,
  • Partial Capacity Benefit
  • State Pension , Supplementary Welfare Allowance
  • Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s Pension
  • Working Family Payment
Other Payments
  • A Social Security Payment from a country covered by EU Regulations or a country with which Ireland has a Bilateral Social Security.Agreement (of which there is an Irish equivalent payment).
  • Payments to participants of Back to Work Family Dividend, Youth Employment Support Scheme, Community Employment, Community Services Programme, Tús, Gateway, Short Term Enterprise Allowance, Back to Work Enterprise Allowance, Jobs Initiative, Youthreach, Rural Social Schemes and Springboard Initiative.
  • Payments to participants of a recognised education and training course such as Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) or Back To Education Allowance;
  • Daily Expenses Allowance
  • Participants on non-craft, full time, SOLAS or FÁS training schemes, CERT, and LES training schemes