Student financial aid
Under certain conditions, international students are entitled to financial aid from the CROUS (the regional organisation in charge of student facilities and support) or the French government.
This bursary, mostly based on parents’ income, is available to students in financial need to help them pay for their fees and accomodation.
The bursary is available to :
- French or EU students under the age of 28
- Students from non-EU countries who have been living in France for at least two years / whose parents’ tax home has been located in France for at least two years
- Students who don’t meet the above criteria, under certain conditions
The bursary is paid in ten monthly installments, from September to June.
Students must apply online from the 15th of January to the 30th of April. After you apply online, you will receive a file to send to CROUS along with the supporting documents.
Read more about bursaries eligibility criteria.
In France, students are entitled to financial housing aid. Right to allowances and their amount are subject to family income. For more information, contact the student Agora or the Caisse d’allocations familiales (CAF – Family Allocations Office).
Student rental deposit
In order to rent accommodation (university residence or private housing), you must provide proof of a guarantor: a creditworthy person residing in the European Union. If you have no-one to address, you can, under certain conditions, benefit from the student rental deposit (Caution locative étudiante – CLE) provided by the Crous: lokaviz.fr
- French government scholarships
The French Government awards scholarships each year. The recipients are nominated by the cultural sections of embassies in France.
The selection is based on specific projects that are part of cooperation programmes established according to governmental priorities and the decision of joint commissions.
Prior to their departure and well in advance – regardless of their place of residence – , applicants for these scholarships should apply directly with the Cultural Service of their country’s French embassy.
- Eiffel Scholarships
Eiffel scholarships are awarded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to foreign students with an excellent academic record wishing to pursue a master’s or doctoral degree. It is allocated to students in engineering, economics and management, law and political sciences.
You are eligible for a scholarship if you meet the following three conditions:
The students concerned by a grant are:
- French students
- Andorran students, of French training
- Refugee or stateless students carrying the OFPRA card (French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons), with the mention “refugee”
- International students who hold the nationality of one of the Member States of the European Union or of another State which is part of the European Economic Area or of the Swiss Confederation, provided that they meet one of the following three criteria: they held a permanent job in France during the reference year; one of their parents works or worked in France during the reference year; they lived five years in France
- International students who have resided in France for at least two years and whose tax household (father or mother or legal guardian) has been located in France for at least two years
- Students from overseas territories not receiving aid from the overseas ministry
Students who do not meet the nationality conditions set out above must apply one year in advance to the cultural or scientific and technical cooperation advisers of the Embassies or Consulates of France in their country of origin to obtain a government grant. French. Scholarships from their own government can be requested as well as those from the main international organizations (UNESCO, WHO, FAO, ILO, etc.).
- This applies to students under 28 years old on 1 st September of the academic year at the first request.
This age limit may be lowered by one year per child for students raising a child or for the duration of volunteering in the armed forces or civilian volunteering.
From the age of 28, scholarship students must not interrupt their studies in order to continue to benefit from a scholarship.
The age condition is not opposable to disabled students recognized by the institutional commission responsible for recognizing the disability.
Contact the person in charge of the Student Life Division or the social service to take part in the specific arrangements in force.
To benefit from a higher education grant based on social criteria, the student must be enrolled in initial training, in France or in a member state of the Council of Europe, in a public or private educational establishment and in a training authorized to receive scholarship holders.
For scholarships from the Ministry of Agriculture and Culture, the student must be enrolled in initial training in France, in a public or private educational institution and in training authorized to receive scholarship holders.
The student must also follow full-time higher studies under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, the Ministry of Culture and Communication or the Ministry of Agriculture, Agri-food. and the forest.
Please note: IFSI, social worker, specialist educator and physiotherapy students report to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.
They must contact the Regional Council or their establishment to obtain a grant.
The social criteria for awarding a scholarship are calculated according to a national scale of resources and parental charges. The income of the student is very rarely taken into account (married student or parent himself).
The resources taken into account correspond to the amount indicated under the heading “Gross Global Income” on the family’s last tax opinion (2019 tax opinion on 2018 income for the 2020/2021 academic year). In the event of a change in family situation since 2018 (unemployment, divorce, etc.), more recent income may be taken into account on supporting documents.
STUDENT AND FAMILY EXPENSES
The amount of the grant depends on the geographical distance (distance between the family home and the place of study) of the student:
- From 30 to 249 km = 1 point
- More than 250 km = 2 points
For each fiscally dependent child of the family, studying in higher education at the next school year, excluding the scholarship candidate himself: 4 points.
For each other fiscally dependent child of the family, excluding the scholarship candidate: 2 points.