Scholarships and financial aid for French students
These needs-based bursaries are awarded by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research to students under 28 years of age depending on family situation and household income. They are managed by the CROUS. CROUS bursaries are intended to supplement support from the family and by no means replace parents’ obligations.
Are you eligible for a CROUS bursary?
Depending on your parents’ income and your family expense points, the Crous will assign you to one of eight CROUS levels.
What does the CROUS bursary entitle you to?
Levels 0bis to 7 entitle you to the status of higher education bursary-holder. This means you qualify for a tuition fee waiver in addition to receiving an annual bursary for the amount shown in the table below.
Bursary-holders can apply to the CROUS for a room in a student hall of residence. You need to request a room when you complete your Student Social File (Dossier Social Étudiant or DSE).
Amount of the CROUS annual bursary (scale for the 2019/2020 academic year)
If you are doing a dual degree, the CROUS bursary can only be validated by one institution per year. If you have your bursary validated by another institution (with the exception of the dual Bachelor’s programmes with the universities of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Sorbonne Université (faculté des lettres et faculté des sciences et ingénierie) and University of Lorraine or the dual degree programme with INALCO), you will not be considered a bursary-holder at Sciences Po and your tuition fees will be calculated by the Administration Office.
What are the procedures required by the CROUS and Sciences Po?
To obtain a bursary for the following year, you must register on the CROUS website (fr.) between 15th January and 15th May. You need to renew your registration each year.
Applying for a bursary
To apply for a CROUS bursary: complete your Student Social File (DSE) (fr.).
Step-by-step user guide to completing your student social file: English version (PDF, 900 Ko)
Important information: Sciences Po’s Scholarships and Financial Aid Office only validates bursaries managed by the Paris regional education authority (excluding the Menton campus).
- High school students sitting the last session of the baccalauréat: if your file is managed by a regional education authority other than Paris, once you have received your conditional notification you need to request that your file be transferred from your home CROUS to the Paris CROUS (excluding the Menton campus).
- Students enrolled on a regional campus (excluding the Menton campus) are strongly advised to indicate their first preference (preference 1) within the Paris education authority « PARIS IEP 7e » and a second preference in the education authority of the regional campus « PARIS IEP 7e - site Campus ». This will avoid students having to request the transfer of their CROUS application at the end of the process.
- For students enrolled on the Menton campus : your Crous application is managed by the Nice-Toulon local education authority. You should make your request to the Nice-Toulon local education authority (PARIS IEP 7e -campus de Menton). High school students sitting the last session of the baccalauréat: if your application is managed by another regional education authority other than Nice-Toulon, you will need to request that your file be transferred from your home CROUS to the Nice-Toulon CROUS.
Track your bursary application
You can track the status of your application by logging into your CROUS online account.
Receive your bursary
- To obtain a tuition fee waiver from Sciences Po, you need to upload your “conditional notification” (PDF in French, 58 KB) from CROUS in PDF format when you complete your online administrative registration. If you have not received your conditional notification when completing your administrative registration, you should declare yourself as a Crous bursary student and provide the conditional notification at a later date.
- Your “conditional notification” will allow the Sciences Po’s Scholarships and Financial Aid Office to confirm your registration at Sciences Po with the Paris CROUS (Nice-Toulon for the Menton campus) and thereby initiate payment of your bursary. CROUS will then send you a “final notification” in PDF format (PDF in French, 42 KB). You will need to send this final notification to the Sciences Po’s Scholarships and Financial Aid Office by email: email@example.com.
- CROUS is responsible for paying your bursary. You will be able to track the payment on your CROUS online account.
- Merit scholarships (l’aide au mérite) are managed by the CROUS and paid in nine monthly instalments to students who received the grade of “very good” for their baccalauréat (provided it appears on the final notification). This aid cannot be combined with the additional Sciences Po cost of living bursary. If the aid is less than the cost of living bursary, Sciences Po automatically pays the difference.
Additional cost of living bursary funded by Sciences Po
Sciences Po supplements the CROUS bursary with an additional cost of living bursary equivalent to 75% of the amount disbursed by the Crous, provided that the student does not benefit from the CROUS merit bursary.
Amount of the additional cost of living bursary funded by Sciences Po for students enrolled after 2009-2010 *
|Level||Amount of the CROUS bursary||Amount of the additional Sciences Po maintenance grant||Total received by the student (subject to modification of the CROUS scale)|
*Amounts valid for 2019/2020
The Sciences Po cost of living bursary is paid in ten monthly instalments from September to June provided that your administrative registration and your course registration have been finalised. To receive the Sciences Po top-up bursary, make sure that your personal bank details (RIB) are entered in your Sciences Po online area (“administrative services, housing and financial aid”, “registration file and certificates”, “to enter your bank account details – optional.”).
Suspension of studies
If you suspend your studies, CROUS must be informed and your bursary will be suspended. If you do not notify the CROUS, you will lose your entitlement to the bursary when you return to study. Please also notify the administrator of your file or the Sciences Po’s Scholarships and Financial Aid Office that you are suspending your studies: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exemption from attendance
If you have an exemption of attendance from the Inter-University Preventive Medicine-Health Promotion Service (SIUMMPS), you must notify the Sciences Po’s Scholarships and Financial Aid Office. Your certificate should also be sent to the Paris CROUS located at 39 Avenue Georges Bernanos, 75005, Paris.
Extra annual entitlement by special dispensation
If you suspend your studies or repeat a year due to personal difficulties confirmed by the Inter-University Preventive Medicine-Health Promotion Service (SIUMMPS), you may be entitled to an additional year’s bursary per level of study (Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD).
CROUS bursary-holders with a disability recognised by the Commission for the Rights and Autonomy of Persons with Disabilities can claim three additional annual bursaries.
To benefit from a bursary entitlement that you didn’t use as an undergraduate, you will have to complete your DSE later with an academic notice signed by both the former and current programme secretary.
If you decide to take a gap year, the CROUS bursary is maintained as long as you have the CROUS conditional notification for the current academic year. Sciences Po informs the Crous of your gap year when validating your bursary. The additional cost of living bursary awarded by Science Po is suspended.
Master’s programme with apprenticeship component
If you choose to do your Master’s programme through an apprenticeship, you are no longer eligible for the bursary (CROUS circular, Article 4 relating to award criteria).
Dual degree programmes
For students on dual degree programmes, financial aid is managed according to the agreement between the two institutions. In principle, the student is subject to tuition fees and bursary regulations of the home institution.
One-year Master’s programmes
CROUS bursary-holders enrolled in a one-year Master’s programme can request validation of their bursary from CROUS. Please note: you will not be entitled to a tuition fee waiver or the additional Sciences Po cost of living bursary. Specific financial aid exists for these programmes (for more information, visit the web page for the one-year Master’s programme you are applying to).