Family allowances and survivor's pension will be paid in multiple instalments in September
In September, the Social Insurance Board will pay child allowance to children still attending school and over the age of 16 and survivor's pension to students over the age of 18 in multiple instalments. In the payment of family allowance and survivor's pension, the Social Insurance Board shall rely on the data of Estonian Education Information System (EHIS) and schools will forward information on student status at the latest on the 15th of September.
Survivor's pension will be paid on the 5th date and family allowance on the 8th date of each month. Those, whose information is forwarded to the EHIS by September 15th, shall receive the pension and allowance in the second half of September.
According to the advisor of the Benefits Unit of the Social Insurance Board, Merlin Loorits, at the beginning of the school year, the Board processes the data of around 75,000 children attending school. This is done, so we could pay family allowance to those who continue their studies after having acquired basic education and survivor's benefit to full-time students over the age of 18.
„We get information regarding studies from the EHIS and this is what we rely on when paying family allowance and survivor's pension. Therefore, it is very important for us that information included in the database is relevant and changes would be introduced as soon as they occur,“ explained Loorits and added that the Board has sent out respective request to schools.
„Most schools have forwarded such information, but if there are still some schools who haven't managed to do that, we invite them to do so promptly,“ she added. „For many families, state benefits play an important role in managing their everyday tasks and, as the beginning of the school year brings about various expenses, it is crucial that the benefits reach people in due time.“
The allowance will be paid until the child turns 16 or, if the child is studying, until the child reaches the age of 19. If a child turns 19 during a current school year, the family allowance will be paid until the end of the school year. The beginning of the school year is considered to be the 1st of September, the end 31st of August, in the case of the graduating class of high-school, 30th of June.
The information of a child studying in a foreign country cannot be found in the EHIS and a certificate from the school, showing the student status of the child, must be submitted to the Social Insurance Board at the beginning of every school year.