Becoming a student—Survivor/child(ren)—Canadian Armed Forces pensions
Learn about the pension that may be available, in the event of your death, to eligible children between the ages of 18 and 25 who are in full-time attendance at school, college or university.
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Can I continue to receive the child pension beyond age 18 if I am a student?
Eligible children between the ages of 18 and 25 can continue to receive the child pension for each year that they are enrolled in full-time attendance at a school, college, university or other educational institution that provides training or instruction of an educational, professional, vocational or technical nature.
How do I apply to have my child pension continue beyond age 18?
To apply to have your child pension continue beyond age 18, you must complete the Declaration of Attendance at an Educational Institute (CF-FC 2002) form and have it stamped by the Registrar's Office of the educational institution that you are attending. Once you complete the form, you must send it to the Government of Canada Pension Centre to process your application. This must be done for each semester that you are in school. If you have been in receipt of a student allowance already, the forms are usually mailed out at the beginning of the fall and/or winter semesters.
How will the child pension be paid to me?
When you send in the completed Declaration of Attendance at an Educational Institute (CF-FC 2002) form, include a void cheque or your banking information. The child pension is paid in equal monthly instalments and is subject to indexing (to keep up with the cost-of-living inflations). These allowances are taxable.
If I take a year off or miss a year of school, can I re-apply for the child pension when I return to full-time study?
You may re-apply for the child pension as long as you are still under the age of 25 and are returning to full-time attendance at school.
If I have coverage under the group insurance plans, will my coverage continue if I am a student?
As a student, you have the option of applying for coverage under the Public Service Health Care Plan (PSHCP) and the Pensioners' Dental Services Plan (PDSP) for as long as you remain entitled to the child pension.
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