Student welfare and support
Sciences Po's Student Welfare and Support Office
Sciences Po's Student Welfare and Support Office offers information in relation to everyday administrative formalities, for example opening a bank account, accesing public transport, information on the social coverage system and the healthcare system, help with applying for housing benefit with the French governmental agency CAF or information and help for finding a student job.
The team at Sciences po will also work with you to consider your specific circumstances, discuss appropriate solutions, inform you and guide you towards the available sources of support. It works in close collaboration with other Sciences Po offices and departments, in particular its Health Centre and can refer you to specialised services (medical, legal and academic) that can provide complementary support.
Types of aid and support
Emergency financial aids
At Sciences Po, the Student Welfare and Support Office can grant a one-off emergency aid in certan conditions. Please feel free to contact us if necessary.
In order to better inform students about specific financial aids and the different administrative formalities (Crous bursary application, financial aid applications), the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI) and the National Center for University and School Works (CNOUS) have created a single telephone number: 0 806 000 278, open Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 17.00, price of an untaxed local call.
Crous specific financial aids
The Crous can grant specific financial aids intended for scholarship and non-scholarship students facing financial difficulties.
You may be able to benefit from a one-off financial aid during the academic year and in some cases, several one-off financial aids may be exceptionnaly granted during the same academic year.
The Crous social workers:
- Students must make an appointment online : messervices.etudiant.gouv.fr (FR)
- Students must indicate « établissements hors universités » and take an appointment with Madame Bouchra Kabouch in charge of establishments located in 1st to the 11th areas of Paris « arrondissements. »
- Due to the current health crisis, all appointments are currently by telephone.
- Students can also benefit from telephone support by contacting the Crous directly: email@example.com
Due to the current health crisis, students can request for their bursary application to be reconsidered and recalculated so that income for 2020 is taken into account instead of income from 2018.
Crous university restaurant meals for 1 euro
The Crous offers a social meal at 3.30 euros in its restaurants and cafeterias, thanks to the significant contribution of the state.
Bursary and non bursary holder students as well as international students will be able to benefit from two meals per day at 1 euro in university restaurants.
Students must have created and activated their Izly account to benefit from this offer. During the current health pandemic, Crous university catering will continue in the form of take-out.
A valid student card or enrolment certificate is compulsory for the creation of an Izly account. To create an Izly account, students can go to the Crous Mabillon university restaurant in person (3, rue Mabillon, 75006) or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. An automatic email will be sent to activate the Izly account once it has been created.
Since the 9 February 2021, take-out Crous meals can be eaten inside the Mabillon university restaurant.
The Crous cafeteria located at 27 rue St Guillaume will be open again from Monday 15 February 2021 between 11:00 and 15:00 and will offer take-out meals to students. It will also be possible to eat in in accordance with current health rules.
Fruit and Vegetable baskets by Sciences Potirons
Sciences Potirons operates as an association for the preservation of local farming (AMAP) whose objective is to put consumers directly in touch with local farmers.
By subscribing to a 6-week distribution cycle, students enrolled at Sciences Po (on the Paris campus) can benefit from a whole basket or half a basket of fresh fruit and vegetables. Prices are either 5 euros or 10 euros per week.
Find out more:
The Sciences Po Library remains open. You can work for a few hours or a whole day in the reading rooms. To make a reservation.
Students wih Internet connection problems and who require access to a classroom should contact their academic programme.
The Paris Crous, with the support from Paris City Hall, provides from the 25th January 2021 work spaces for students allowing them to study alone or in small groups in university restaurants or cafeterias which have been transformed into suitable study environments.
This page is updated on a regular basis based on governmental measures which may modify opening hours.
External financial aid schemes
Several schemes are available for students encountering social and financial difficulties. All of these measures aim to improve the living and studying conditions of students, despite the current health crisis.
The Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (CIUP) organises food distributions with the Restos du Cœur association and the Relais Social International (RSI). Food distributions take place once a week and are offered free of charge to CIUP residents who meet the eligibility requirements. Students need to sign up with the RSI : email@example.com.
Paris City Hall is making access to food distributions easier. By signing up, students can benefit from a weekly food parcel or access solidarity grocery stores:
- L’épicerie sociale étudiante du Secours Populaire opened in partnership with the Paris Crous and the support of Paris City Hall. To benefit, students must first be registered with the Secours populaire de Paris, having carried out an initial interview in one of the student branches.
- Linkee Paris is the solidarity solution to food waste. The association aims to help those who are the most in need while fighting against food waste
- AGORAé. AGORAé Paris is a social and solidarity grocery store aimed at students. The different schemes in place aim to reduce student precariousness and social isolation by selling food and hygiene products at 90% of the market price. In order to benefit from AGORAé Paris, students must apply by filling out an application form.
- Co’p1 – Solidarités Étudiantes is an association and provides assistance to any student in need. A team of volunteers comes together every week to organise free food distributions.
- Paris Restos du Coeur distribution centre To receive food parcels in the form of a packed lunch, you have to register once a year demonstrating that you have insufficient resources.
You will find a complete list of associations (pdf in French, 750 ko) located in the 5th, 6th, 13th and 14th arrondissements in Paris offering food distributions to students.
Financial aid offered by Paris City Hall
- Reinforced municipal assistance for Crous scholarship students moving into private accommodation (known as AILE). This financial aid ranging from 500 to 1000 € is aimed to help students with the purchase of material, furniture or equipment (including computers, telephone, digital).
- A distribution of washable hygienic protections for female students helping to fight against menstrual poverty.
- Financial aide (FSL Energy Curative Aid) (FR) intended for Parisians with important financial difficulties who have unpaid gas or electricity bills.
- Students living in Paris who are facing temporary and unforeseen financial difficulties can apply for an exceptional financial aid with the Paris City Hall. The amount varies and depends on the student’s situation. Students should contact the Paris City Hall Social Action centre corresponding to their address (FR).
Financial aid offered by Île-de-France region
This year, the Ile-de-France region is allocating a financial aid of 100 euros to CROUS scholarship students who obtained the Baccalaureat in 2020 allowing students to purchase IT equipment.
The eligibility criteria established for this aid are as follows:
- have passed the Baccalauréat exam in 2020 and be enrolled in the first year of higher education;
- be enrolled in a higher education institution in the Ile-de-France region;
- and benefit from the CROUS scholarship based on social criteria (Académie de Paris)
Please note: this specific financial aid only concerns students enrolled on the Paris campus.
This aid will take the form of a voucher to the value of €100. A final distribution will take place in the Spring.
Students who meet the eligibility requirements and who have not yet submitted their request must complete the online form and include the financial aid request form (PDF in French, 520 ko) by the 31st March 2021 at the latest.
For more information : firstname.lastname@example.org.
Financial aid offered by the French state
One-off solidarity financial aid
A one-off solidarity financial aid of €150 is available for students receiving housing benefits (including persons under the age of 25 years old) as well as all Crous bursary holder students.
Bursary students will receive their financial aid at the beginning of December at the same time as their bursary. Persons under the age of 25 years and receiving housing benefit (Apl) will receive it from the 27th November onwards via the Caf (FR).
Since 1st February 2021, a « cheque-psy » has been available to all students and allows them to consult a health professional (psychologist, psychiatrist) and receive treatment.
To take advantage of this system put in place by the government, you must first consult a doctor. You can choose between:
- A general practitioner present within the university health service
- From an approved doctor of your choice This doctor will give you a prescription and refer you to a psychologist or psychiatrist depending on the type of support you need.
The « cheque-psy » entitles you to three 45-minute sessions with the practitioner free of charge.
Student loan garantied by the French State
The student loan garantied by the French state is a loan created to help young students finance their studies and allows them to borrow money without having to provide a guarantor or proof of income.
In order to qualify for a student loan garantied by the state, you must meet the requirements as listed below :
- Enrolled in a French institution and preparing a higher education qualification
- Over 18 years old and under 28 years old
- Of French nationality or a citizen of a European country and part of the European Economic Area (EEA)
Please note: The state guarantees the loan, within the limit of a special budget voted each year. If the budget is used up before the end of the year, partner banks will stop granting loans or will require guarantees.
More information about student loan garantied by the French state (FR)
Financial assistance for jobseekers who were formerly scholarship holders in higher education
From 18th January 2021, a financial aid is awarded to young people seeking employment who have recently completed their higher education in 2020 or 2021.
Students, under the age of 30 years old and registered with the national employment agency, can benefit from this « exceptional aid » must meet the following eligibility criteria :
- obtained a higher education degree in 2020 or 2021;
- received the Crous bursary during the last year of study;
- immediately available for employment;
- did not receive any replacement income or allowance during the month in which the application is submitted (insurance allowance, solidarity allowances etc.).
The request must be made to the national employment agency who will award the financial aid no later than the 30th June 2021 and for a maximum duration of four months.
The amount corresponds to 70% of the monthly bursary amount received during the most recent year of study.