Sliding scale tuition fees
For all French students and students from the European Economic Area, Sciences Po tuition fees are calculated on a sliding scale based on family income. This innovative means-tested fee system was put in place in the 2000s and creates a form of social redistribution within the institution. As a result of this policy, only 21% of students pay maximum fees. 45% of students benefit from a partial fee waiver and 34% of students pay no tuition fees at all.
Financial assistance – maintenance grants
To allow all students to focus freely on their studies, Sciences Po offers substantial financial aid to those who need it most.
French students and students from the European Economic Area who meet certain social criteria are eligible for CROUS bursaries granted by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research.
However, foreign European nationals may only request this bursary from their second year of study in France. To compensate for the lack of financial aid in their first year, Sciences Po established the Europe Bursary. In addition to a full fee waiver, eligible students receive a substantial maintenance bursary.
The CROUS supplement – French students, and foreign students having completed their first year of study—covered in full by Sciences Po—continue to benefit from a full tuition fee waiver. They also receive a CROUS maintenance bursary granted by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research. Finally, Sciences Po offers a financial aid supplement equivalent to 75% of the amount of the CROUS bursary (see table below).
Sciences Po is able to offer an incentive to the most brilliant and deserving students, thereby enhancing the institution’s attractiveness at the international level. Each year, thanks to a range of merit-based scholarships offered through the Boutmy fund, our institution is able to attract an increasing number of talented people from all over the world who would not have access to a Sciences Po education without substantial financial support.