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What Age Does Child Benefit Stop?

Child Benefit After 16 up to Age 19

Important Information icon: As a rule Child Benefit will stop at 16Child Benefits stop at 16 if they leave education or end training!

CHILD BENEFIT 16-19: It is a question sent to us by many parents and childcare workers. They want to know 'does child benefit stop at 16?'

The simple answer regarding most teenagers is YES! CHB will end at 16 and it will stop on the 31st of August. That can happen either on, or soon after your child has had their 16th birthday.

Child Benefit will stop if they leave education or end their training. But, there are some exceptions to the ending date of claiming Child Benefit.

You will receive a letter during your child's final year in school. The letter will ask you to confirm future educational plans for your child.

The payments may continue if your child stays in approved education or course-related training. But you must inform the Child Benefit Office if this is the case.

Child Benefit Approved Education

The rules for approved education state that it must be full-time. That generally means more than an average of 12 hours per week of supervised study or in a course-related work experience. Child Benefit Approved Education courses may include:

Education courses and programs are not approved if they get paid by an employer or 'advanced'. Examples can include a university degree or BTEC Higher National Certificate.

You should inform the Child Benefit Office whether your child is staying in, or leaving, approved education. Note that your child must get accepted into the course before they turn 19 years old.

Child Benefit Approved Training

As a rule, courses that are part of a job contract are not eligible. Approved training should be unpaid and may include:

You should inform the Child Benefit Office whether your child is staying in, or leaving, approved training. Note that your child must get accepted into the course before they turn 19 years old.

Temporary Breaks in Education or Training

You might get Child Benefit during your child's break in education or training. You must inform the Child Benefit Office about any temporary breaks (e.g. changing college).

When Approved Education or Training Ends

Benefit payments will stop at the end of February, 31st of May, 31st of August, or the 30th of November. As a rule it is whichever date comes first after your child leaves approved education or training.

Apply for 16 Year Old Benefits Extension

You may be eligible to get a 'Child Benefit extension' for up to 20 weeks. But, only if your child leaves approved education or training and either registers with their local careers service or signs up to join the armed forces.

To qualify for the 16 year old benefits extension your child must:

Note: You can now apply for Child Benefit extension CH299 online at the government website.

You need to have entitlement to claim Child Benefit immediately before your child left the approved education or training. You must also apply for it within three months of them leaving. You can report your child's career plans or changes by phone or post.

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Child Benefit After 16 up to 19 Years Old