Student Life and Campus Contribution (CVEC)
What is CVEC?
The “Student success and orientation” law (loi “ORE”) presented by the government has established a student life and campus contribution (CVEC) (fr.) of €92 per year (2020/2021 rate). This fee is due every academic year by all students enrolled in higher education studies.
This contribution is mandatory and aims to strengthen the social, health, cultural and sports support of students, as well as to reinforce prevention and health education actions carried out for them.
Subject to the situations defined below, all students registered or in the process of being enrolled, must pay this amount to the CROUS via the website: https://cvec.etudiant.gouv.fr (fr.)
- French government scholarship holders (CROUS, Campus France), refugees, beneficiaries of subsidiary protection or who are registered as asylum seekers are exempt: however, they must complete the online procedure on the website in order to obtain an acknowledgment of payment by exemption.
- Students in exchange agreement, who undertake a period of mobility in France, are not subject to the CVEC: they have no steps to perform and are exempt from paying the contribution fee.
Once the payment has been carried out, the attestation of payment will be necessary to complete your online administrative registration (step 5: uploading the required documents).
If you require additional information or support, please contact us.
How to find my CVEC code?
The CVEC code is available on your CVEC confirmation of payment "attestation d'acquittement"(under “N° de l’attestation”). Once the payment is processed, you must upload the confirmation of payment in your online administrative registration and fill in your CVEC code. The document can be downloaded as many times as you want from the CVEC website (fr.).
What is my INE number?
Your personal INE number is available on your French baccalaureate transcript or on last year’s student enrolment certificate if you were studying in France.
You do not have an INE number if it is your first enrolment in the higher education in France and you come from abroad or you have not attended school in the French National Education. The Crous will provide you with a provisional number, which will be replaced by the INE number attributed by your Institution.
How to pay the CVEC?
You must log on to the CVEC website (fr.) and follow the instructions to pay your contribution by credit card online.
For other payment questions, please see the FAQ (fr.) on the CVEC website.
Do I have to pay the CVEC?
All students registered or in the process of being enrolled in the higher education in France, must pay this amount to the CROUS via the website: https://cvec.etudiant.gouv.fr (fr.).
- French government scholarship holders (CROUS, Campus France BGF), refugees, beneficiaries of subsidiary protection or who are registered as asylum seekers are exempt: however, they must complete the online procedure on the website in order to obtain an acknowledgment of payment by exemption. In some circumstances, students may have to pay and request for a reimbursement through the CVEC portal
- International exchange students who undertake a period of mobility in France, are not subject to the CVEC: they have no steps to perform and are exempt from paying the contribution fee.
I register for only one semester, do I have to pay the CVEC ?
Yes, the amount, established by law, is a fixed rate of €92 (2020-2021 rate).
I am registered in several Universities, do I have to pay for each one the CVEC?
No. You are required to pay only once a year the CVEC. The confirmation of payment will have to be presented to each university you are enrolled in.
I am leaving for an internship or in a study mobility abroad, I am on apprenticeship contract, or I'm taking a gap year, do I have to pay the CVEC?
Yes. As a student enrolled in French higher education programme, you remain liable for CVEC even if you leave abroad on internship or study mobilty. The same rule applies to apprenticeship contract, you may however ask your employer to get a refund.
I am a double degree student and I am going abroad, am I liable for the CVEC?
As part of a dual degree programme, you are not liable for the CVEC for any years spent abroad in the partner university.
I am unable to find Sciences Po amongst the institutions on messervices.etudiant.gouv.fr
Sciences Po appears as “PARIS IEP” followed by the campus (“IEP” stands for Institut d’Etude Politique). On the form, leave the « Département » part empty. Under « Etablissement » type “Paris IEP” and choose your campus.
For exemple: “PARIS IEP 7e” for Paris campus or “PARIS IEP – Site Reims” for Reims Campus.
I am a student with a French government scholarship and I have paid the CVEC. How can I request for a refund?
All students must complete the online procedure on the CVEC website in order to obtain an acknowledgment of payment by exemption. You can request for a refund through the same portal by the 31 May of the academic year concerned.