Recent changes in income
Sciences Po calculates fees based on the available income of the household from 2 years before. However, a number of events can occur during these two years and have an impact on family incomes. Certain circumstances are taken into account by Sciences Po and allow for a revision of the amount of tuition fees. These circumstances are: retirement, unemployment, illness, divorce, and death of a parent.
In these cases, students must still provide the tax statement from 2 years previous and all family's overall income, as would any other student. In addition, students must also provide documents enabling Sciences Po to consider the new situation and current parental incomes.
Documents to be provided according to circumstances
According to the circumstances, the required documents are as follows:
|Reason for a decrease in income||Documents to be supplied|
|Retirement of a parent||Documents indicating the amount of the primary pension and any supplemental pension plan; a payslip in case of part-time employment.|
|Unemployment of a parent||A document indicating the amount of unemployment benefits: notification letter + last three payslips.|
|Illness of a parent||A document indicating the amount of benefits (public or private) and any daily allowances|
|Divorce of parents||Divorce certificate specifying which parent has primary custody of the children and indicating the pension amount (in the absence of an official ruling, the tax statements of both parents must be provided). In the case of shared custody: divorce certificate + the tax statements of both parents.|
|Death of a parent||Death certificate + surviving dependant's pension (if already determined).|
The Registration Office is in charge of reviewing all changes in economic circumstances, which must be indicated at the time of your online registration (step 3).
The Administration Services Office will also review the following cases:
|Change in circumstances||Documents to be provided|
|Siblings enrolled at Sciences Po for the current academic year||Registration receipt accompanied by a letter indicating the name and year of the sibling studying at Sciences Po. The reduction will be applied to the second child registered at Sciences Po.|
|Marginal rate effect, €200 maximum||Registration receipt|
Students from outside the European Economic Area may also benefit from a recalculation of the amount of their tuition if they are concerned by one of the 5 types of events listed above. An official translation of the supporting documents will have to be provided (you must refer your case to the Committee for social affairs).
In all cases, if you wish to report a change in income or refer your case to the Committee for Social Affairs, you must do so at the moment of your online registration, by checking the box "dispensation" (step 3)
All requests for revision of fees must be made before the end of the academic year. It is not possible to request a recalculation of the tuition fees once an academic year is completed.
Committee for Social Affairs
Any special case submitted by a student in the hope of obtaining a decrease of tuition fees will be passed on to the Committee for Social Affairs. The Commission is composed of members of the various committees of Sciences Po: the student vice-president of the governing body of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (or their representative), the student president of the Joint Committee of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (or their representative), an employee representative elected to the governing body of the IEP de Paris and a representative elected by the teaching staff to the governing body of the Joint Committee.
The representative of the director of the IEP, designated by each incoming director, is a member of the Commission ex officio. Students are free to refer cases as early as June in order to alert the Commission as to their particular circumstances. To do so, students will need to provide all necessary documents for the examination of their case.
Deadline to refer your case to the Committee for Social Affairs: January 31st, 2020 for the 2019/2020 academic year
The Committee meets four times a year.
In 2017/2018, 61% of students who referred their case to the Committee obtained a decrease of tuition fees. The average amount of the tuition fees reduction may vary from year to year. In 2017, the average amount was 39%.
Examples of circumstances
For students whose tax residence is located within the European Economic Area and who are eligible for sliding scale tuition fees.
|Reason for Request
|Reduction in income for the year following the reference year - taken into account if independent of the activity of the concerned party (i.e. for commercial income, a less prosperous year, etc.)||
Letter providing a detailed explanation for the reduction in income.
Income tax returns for the following years: 2018 for 2017 income and 2019 for 2018 income
|Loss of income for reference year N-2, which was not taken into consideration for the calculation of tuition fees||
Letter providing a detailed explanation of the reason for the loss of income.
Copies of tax returns for the following years: 2017 for 2016 income, 2018 for 2017 income and 2019 for 2018 income.
Additional documents may be requested.
Students from outside the European Economic Area (including Boutmy scholarship holders) are able to obtain a reduction in tuition fees (one or two tranches, maximum) only in the event of one of the following five changes in circumstances, occurring no more than one year prior to their admission to Sciences Po: unemployment, divorce, illness, death, retirement.
How to refer your case to the Committee for social affairs
- Initiate registration online (Sciences Po Online Platform, Administrative Services heading) and create your registration file. During step 3 of the online registration process, go to the dispensation heading and check the box entitled "Committee for Social Affairs".
- Complete your application file by uploading all required documentation for your registration and a letter of explanation requesting review by the Committee for Social Affairs (Step 5 of the online registration).
- Once your request has been reviewed, you will be asked to append all supporting documentation to your registration file.
- Your file will be evaluated by the Expertise Committee. After the completion of this evaluation, the Expertise Committee will submit a detailed report of their findings, with their recommendations, to the Committee for Social Affairs.
Application for financial independence from their families
Tuition fees for students residing inside the European Economic Area are calculated based on parental income. The joint income tax return of the parents or the separate tax returns of both parents are used to calculate tuition fees.
Independent student status is distinct from independence for purposes of taxation. A separate income tax declaration is not sufficient for a student's tuition fees to be calculated based solely on student income rather than parental income.
Please note that Sciences Po refers to the CROUS circular : n° 2018-079 on 25-6-2018 MESRI - MEN - DGESIP A2-1 (fr.)
If any one of the conditions is not met, tuition fees will be calculated based on the tax returns of both parents regardless of the student's age. If the tax residence of the parents is outside the European Economic Area, the maximum rate will be applied.
How to request independent student status:
- Complete your online registration (Sciences Po Online Platform, Administrative Services heading).
- During the online registration process, go to the Dispensation field (step 3) and check the box corresponding to your situation.
- At step 5, fill in and upload the independent student request form and all supporting documents
- Once your request has been reviewed and depending on your situation, you may be requested to submit more documents.
The request must be submitted by October 31, 2019.
For students registering for Spring semester only, your application must be sent before January, 31st, 2020.
Fonds National d'Aide d'urgence (FNAU) du CROUS (The CROUS National Fund for Emergency Aid)
The CROUS provides financial support to students in difficult circumstances. The CROUS financial assistance officer responsible for Sciences Po is available by appointment. To make an appointment, call 01 40 46 34 34 (please leave a message on the voicemail).
Tuition fee waiver request for 2019-2020
Students enrolled on a PhD programme with the Doctoral School may be eligible to request a tuition fee waiver. All requests will be examined by Sciences Po’s Student services office and the Doctoral School. A committee will examine all requests individually.
Students must complete an online form with all requested documents by 30th Septembre 2019 at the latest. A committee will take place mid-October.