Solidarity contribution: student statute must be proven!

Author: Catherine Legardien (Legal Expert)

In its latest instructions, the NSSO gives an important clarification on the submission of the student to the solidarity contribution. In order to be entitled, you must from now on prove that the young person is actually a student.

Solidarity contribution: condition

We remind that the student and his employer do not owe ordinary social security contributions, but only a smaller contribution, the so-called 'solidarity contribution', provided that the young person is employed:

  • under a student contract (as referred to in Title VII of the Employment Contracts Act of 3 July 1978);
  • for maximum 475 hours (= the quota) with one or more employers;
  • during the periods of non-imperative presence in the educational establishments.

From now on the student statute must be proven!

In its latest instructions, the NSSO says that, in order to declare a young person to the NSSO with application of the solidarity contribution, you must ensure that this person actually is a student.

You can do so by all means, but a simple declaration of honour of the student will not be accepted by the NSSO as sufficient proof. You must at least obtain from the student a proof of registration with a (high-)school or university for the current school or academic year.

Important clarification! You do not have to submit this proof to the NSSO spontaneously. You must only send it when the NSSO requests for it.

Source: Instructions of he NSSO.


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