Educational aid

As of August 1, 2023

The back-to-school allowance (RSA) is paid on 16 August

Publié le null - Mise à jour le 16 août 2023 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

Are you a beneficiary of the Back-to-School Allowance (ARS)? Its payment for the 2023 school year takes place on Wednesday 16 August in mainland France and in the departments of Guadeloupe, French Guiana and Martinique. This assistance allows families to cover the expenses related to the return to school. Payment dates, eligibility conditions and new amounts: inform you!

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School supplies, equipment, clothes... the costs associated with the return to school are considerable for families every year. The back-to-school allowance, or SLA, is conditional on the household's resources and is intended for parents with children of 6 to 18 years who are enrolled in a public or private school, an apprenticeship or are supported by a specialized host institution. Its amount has been revalued to 1er April 2023.

The back-to-school allowance covers 3 million families.


parents who wish to educate their child at home themselves cannot receive the LRA unless the child is enrolled in correspondence courses (e.g. Cned).

Remittance dates for the 2023 school year

The LRA is traditionally paid in the month of August, just before school starts.

For the 2023 school year, payments will be made:

  • the 1er august in the departments of Mayotte and Réunion;
  • the August 16 in mainland France and in the departments of Guadeloupe, Guyana and Martinique.

Resources requirements for the 2023 school year

In order to benefit from the back-to-school allowance, it is the resources to N-2 which are taken into account, i.e. the household's 2021 resources in relation to the 2023 RSA.

The allowance is paid directly by the Family Allowance Fund (CAF) or by the Agricultural Social Union (MSA) if you are dependent on the agricultural scheme.

The ceilings not to be exceeded are as follows:

  • €25,775 for 1 dependent child;
  • €31,723 for 2 dependent children;
  • 37,671 for 3 dependent children;
  • €43,619 for 4 dependent children;
  • then €5,948 per additional child.

It is possible to receive the allowance several consecutive years, the family situation will be reassessed each year.


if the household's resources are very little above these limits, you may be eligible for a differential back-to-school allowance, also calculated in relation to your income. Check with your CAF or MSA. Note that it is the taxable net income that serves as a reference, it appears on page 2 of the tax notice.

Scale of amounts for 2023

The amount paid to you depends on the child's age.

Tableau - Amount of the LRA for the 2023 school year according to the age of the child

Age of the child


6 to 10 years


11 to 14 years


15 to 18 years


What steps should be taken to obtain the LRA?

If you are a Cif recipient and your child is elderly from 6 to 15 years on the start of the school year, the LRA is automatically paid to you without any steps to be taken.

If your child is under 6 years of age and returns to CP, you will have to send the Caf a certificate of schooling.

If he's between 16 and 18, you must declare that he is still in school or learning from your space

My Account

from the website of the Caf or via the application

My Account


If you are not yet a beneficiary: create a personal space on the website of the Caf then fill in the form

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Please note

to learn more about the LRA according to your personal situation, see the card Back-to-school allowance (RSA) of