The twelve-month period starts:
- the month after you turned 18, when you are no longer a pupil, student or trainee;
- the month after you turned 21, when you were on a care supplement (for a specific support need) and you are no longer in education;
- on September 1st if you are leaving non-higher education and you are not continuing your studies after the summer holidays;
- on October 1st if you are leaving higher education and you are not continuing your studies after the summer holidays;
- the month following the date on which you prematurely discontinue a course of study, an apprenticeship or a training scheme;
- the month following the end of all activities required by your programme of study or the day following the end of your apprenticeship or training scheme;
- the month following the submission of your final thesis in higher education (or the day after the interruption of your thesis preparations);
- the month following the end of your traineeship in order to be appointed into a public office (or the month after the interruption of said traineeship).
Are you entitled again to a Groeipakket as a pupil, student or trainee? In that case, your entitlement as a school leaver will be discontinued.
Your 12-month period is paused. You will receive any remaining months left unused after you have completed your course of studies and you come out of school/college/university again.
You are allowed to work as a school leaver without losing your entitlement to the Groeipakket subject to the following requirements:
- You work no more than 475 hours per year on a student contract.
- You work a maximum of 80 hours per month on a 'regular' contract (= all employment contracts that are not student contracts).
- You engage in an independent activity for which no social security contributions are due when you are working in self-employed status as your primary occupation.
- You are not on any social benefits. Being on guaranteed minimum income benefit or an allowance for voluntary work on the other hand is allowed.
The amount of your salary is irrelevant. There is no income threshold.
If you have exceeded the 475 hours on your student contract, the extra hours are factored in within the 80-hour limit you are allowed to work each month on a regular employment contract. To establish this, your payer goes by the data from the NSSO.
If you have exceeded the 80 hours a month on regular employment contract, you are not entitled to the Groeipakket for that particular month. This is assessed on a month-by-month basis.
You are free to work under a student contract and under a regular employment contract at the same time. The requirements are verified separately.
A young person with a specific support need who is over the age of 21 and entitled to income replacement benefit (inkomensvervangende tegemoetkoming or IVT) ) is not entitled to the Groeipakket as a school leaver.