Student welfare and support
Sciences Po's Student Welfare and Support Office offers:
- information on the social coverage system and the healthcare system;
- help with applying for housing benefit with the French governmental agency CAF;
- one-off emergency financial assistance under certain conditions;
- information and help for finding a student job;
- information on all of your administrative formalities (opening a bank account for example, public transport, etc.).
The Student Welfare and Support Office works closely with:
- The Sciences Po Health Centre
- 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.
- tudents 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.
The team at Sciences po will 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 and can refer you to specialised services (medical, legal and academic) that can provide complementary support.
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.
National telephone number for emergency aid and support
In order to better inform students about specific financial aids and the different adminnistrative formalities, the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI) and the National Center for University and School Works (CNOUS) have created a unique telephone number: 0 806 000 278, open Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 17.00, price of an un-taxed local call.
An advisor will be on hand to offer advice regarding the different help and support you can benefit from and explain how you can request it from your local Crous.
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. As of the 1st September 2020, bursary students can now benefit from the meal at 1 euro. Students must activate their Izly account to benefit from this offer. During lockdown, Crous university catering will continue in the form of take-out.
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.
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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.
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).
- Easy access to food parcels. By simple registration, students will be able to benefit from a weekly food parcel or access to solidarity grocery stores;
- A distribution of washable hygienic protections for female students helping to fight against menstrual poverty.
Financial aid offered by Ile-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 digital 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)
This aid will take the form of a voucher to the value of 100 euros. Vouchers will be issued to students at the beginning of November.
Students who meet the eligibility criteria are required to complete an application form and send it by email to: services.etudiants@sciences po.fr.
Financial aid offered by the French state
A one-off solidarity financial aid of 150 euros is available for persons receiving specific state benefits, 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).