Child Benefit Extended to 18-Year-Olds: What You Need to Know

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Starting from May 1st, 2024, the Child Benefit scheme in Ireland is being extended to include 18-year-olds who are in full-time education or have a disability. This means that families with children in these categories will continue to receive Child Benefit until their child turns 19. Here’s what you need to know about this change: Child Benefit Extended to 18-Year-Olds: What You Need to Know

Who Qualifies?

  • Children who are 18 years old and:
    • Are in full-time education.
    • Have a disability.

How Much is Child Benefit?

  • Child Benefit is paid at a rate of €140 per month.

Benefits of the Extension:

  • Approximately 60,000 children will benefit from this change, which is being implemented four months earlier than planned.
  • Families will receive continued financial support, helping to cover the costs associated with raising a child.

What Parents/Guardians Need to Do:

  • If your child is in full-time education and turned 18 after May 2023, they will be eligible for Child Benefit from May 2024 until their 19th birthday.
  • The Department of Social Protection will contact all recipients of Child Benefit to provide guidance on the next steps.
  • If your child is still in full-time education and the Department already holds a current education certificate, you do not need to reapply. The payment will be reactivated from May 2024 as long as the certificate is valid.
  • If the education certificate expires before your child turns 19, a new certificate will be issued to you before it expires. You must complete and return this certificate to ensure continued payment of Child Benefit.
  • If your child turns 18 after May 2024, Child Benefit will automatically be extended until their 19th birthday or until the expiry date of the current certificate, whichever comes first.
  • The Department will contact you directly if they need an updated education certificate.

How to Update Payment Details:

  • If you need to update your payment details, you can do so quickly and easily online at


The extension of Child Benefit to 18-year-olds in full-time education or with a disability will provide crucial financial support to thousands of families across Ireland. This change reflects the evolving needs of families and ensures that children can continue their education without financial hardship. If you have any questions or need further information, the Department of Social Protection will be in touch to guide you through the process.

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