Examine in France: What Scholarships Are You Eligible For?

Studying in France can be expensive for young exiles. The lack of resources can hamper their academic career and even jeopardize their graduation. To help them in everyday life, there are grants that are awarded according to their status. InfoMigrants takes stock.

A few minutes before the high school results were announced, Jonathan was worried. The high school student, who was trained in Brittany, had obtained a positive opinion of his 25 wishes on the Parcoursup platform a month earlier. Finally, without much surprise, he received the grade “very good” for his Diploma in Engineering and Technology and Sustainable Development (STI2D) and very good marks in philosophy, 17/20, and in the oral examination, 20/20.

An exemplary career for this young man from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), who only came to France in 2019 and had no higher education. His results even earned him, with great fanfare, the medal from the Rennes Academy a few days ago.

However, Jonathan’s future is threatened. The bachelor, who has come of age this year, is still waiting for the prefecture to issue a residence permit. Without this precious sesame, it is much more difficult for him to get the help he needs to fund his studies at the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) in Lyon.

However, some scholarships remain accessible. If you are a student and, like young Congolese, need funds to continue your studies, here are the funds you can apply for based on your status.

1/ The scholarship based on social criteria

Affected profiles: Refugees, beneficiaries of subsidiary protection, persons with a residence permit and Ukrainian refugees (Ukrainian nationality) who have been granted temporary protection.

Children of refugees who have come to France as part of family reunification are not eligible for this grant.

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The scholarship based on social criteria, awarded by the regional centers for university and school work (Crous), is granted “to students who are in material difficulties that do not allow them to pursue or continue higher education. It represents an additional help to that of the family”. , explains the ministry.

It is awarded to any foreign student under the age of 28 whose tax household has been resident in France for at least two years.

To apply for it, you must create your Student Social File (DSE) on the portal from January 15th to May 15th of the final year in order to be able to return to an educational establishment. October. You can also do this on this Department of Higher Education page if you are not straight out of high school. At the same time, you can apply for admission to a student residence.

It is the addition of your school report card, issued by the institution where you will study, that triggers the first payment. You don’t have to do this: this certificate is automatically sent to the Crous by your registration authority.

Your rights in case of a positive answer:

– The payment of a stipend at the beginning of each month in an amount determined by level

– Exemption from enrollment fees

– Exemption from the Contribution de Vie Étudiante et de Campus (CVEC), a type of tax levied annually by the Crous. It is 95 euros for the 2022/2023 academic year

– Priority in the allocation of student residences of the Crous de Paris

– The meal at 1 euro in the university restaurants of the Crous

In return, you too must meet certain obligations. For example, you have to be diligent in class, practical or supervised work and compulsory internships, hand in homework and take exams.

The training institutions carry out an attendance check every semester. You then send the lists of non-degree students to the Crous, which may decide to suspend payment of the scholarship and/or ask you for a refund. If you ever have to be absent from class or an exam, you must provide evidence of your absence to the responsible office in your facility.

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In order to improve your finances, you can certainly pursue a job parallel to your studies or during the holidays. On the other hand, you have to stay diligent in the courses and not register with the Pôle Emploi.

Note that Crous grants are retroactive. For example, if you apply for this grant three months after the start of the academic year, you will be paid the three months before you apply. In total, you can use up to 7 scholarship rights during your studies. The license course and any other course with a duration of less than or equal to BAC+3 cannot establish more than 5 scholarship rights.

A bit more : If you received the grade “very good” in your Abitur, you can receive an earnings subsidy in addition to your scholarship based on social criteria. This will be assigned to you upon completion of your DSE. The rector of the host academy makes the final decision on awarding the performance grant. You will then be informed and paid out in nine monthly installments of EUR 100 each.

2/The annual allowance

Affected profiles: Persons under 35 who are eligible for the scholarship according to social criteria but find themselves in an even more precarious situation due to their isolation: the student no longer benefits from the material support of their parents, is in a broken family or is supported by one Raised by family member (aunt, uncle, grandparents). “This isolation situation must be certified by a social evaluation,” it says. The annual grant offers higher payout amounts than the grant.

There is no age limit for students with a disability recognized by the Commission on the Rights and Autonomy of Persons with Disabilities.

In order to benefit from the annual subsidy, you must also submit your application via the student social file (DSE), where you explain your special situation. A committee decides whether you are eligible or not.

Your rights in case of a positive answer:

– The annual allowance will then be paid to you in 10 monthly installments from September to June. Its amount corresponds to the amount of the scholarship according to social criteria.

– Exemption from enrollment fees

– Exemption from the Contribution de Vie Étudiante et de Campus (CVEC)

your duties? The same that the fellowship requires in terms of social criteria, in particular attendance.

A new annual allowance may be granted the following year under the same conditions and within the total number of rights granted for university scholarships based on social criteria.

attention : The specific annual grant cannot be combined with a grant based on social criteria. On the other hand, it can be combined with international mobility grants, one-off grants and merit-based grants.

3/ Occasional help

One-time emergency aid “allows to take into account new, unforeseeable situations that arise during the academic year, explains the website of the Ministry of Higher Education. These situations, due to their severity, require that assistance be provided on time in order to allow the student to continue his studies”. They, like the annual allowance, are certified by a social audit.

Affected profiles: Everyone foreign students. Refugees, beneficiaries of subsidiary protection, persons with a residence permit, asylum seekers or undocumented students.

To benefit from this emergency grant, you must contact the Crous Social Service on which your facility depends directly. You cannot start the process online.

Once your file is assembled, a committee will meet to review your anonymously submitted application. If necessary, a preliminary talk can be held with a Crous social worker. It allows you to assess your overall situation, especially with regard to your university career and your difficulties.

For Rudi Osman, founder of the Union of Exil Students, this procedure is not the most suitable for the students concerned. “When you have big money problems, it’s hard to talk openly about it with someone who doesn’t know you or your story, and it can be just as difficult to prove your motivation.” there is sometimes a lack of energy, which can rightly be translated as a lack of motivation”.

You may also be asked to provide receipts for your expenses.

Here too, says Rudi Osman, “thatThe procedure is detached from the everyday reality of the exiles. Many undocumented students who pay their rent informally do not have a receipt. To feed themselves, these people – like many asylum seekers – go to the Restos du Coeur or benefit from donations from associations and individuals. Then how do you prove that to the Commission?”

After examining the file, the Commission issues a decision granting or refusing the aid and proposes an amount to the director of Crous, who decides on the final aid amount.

This is paid at once. The maximum amount of one-off funding corresponds to the annual amount of scholarship level 2 according to social criteria, ie 2,597 euros, which is paid over ten months. If several one-off grants are awarded in the same academic year, their cumulative amount may not exceed EUR 5,194.

4/ The grant from the Fondation de France

This grant is awarded as part of the free “Déclics Jeunes” competition organized each year by the Foundation. For the 2022 edition, registrations for the competition were possible from December 1, 2021 to February 2, 2022.

Affected Profiles : all foreign students, regardless of their status. You must be over 18 and under 30 years old, reside in France and have a good knowledge of the French language. This help is aimed primarily at those who “wish to carry out an original project in the service of the community”.

To participate, candidates must connect to the Fondation de France grant application platform to fill out an application file. You must explain your project in detail, appropriate to your studies, and enclose two signed letters of recommendation. These projects must be related to the areas of ecology, solidarity or digital change. “Particular attention is paid to candidates from disadvantaged backgrounds or with difficult backgrounds”, specifies the Fondation de France.

The decision will then be submitted to a selection committee, which will select 20 winners and notify them by email.

This year Armel won this scholarship. His digital project – the Ivorian student now has more than 250,000 subscribers on Snapchat, TikTok and Instagram – convinced the Fondation de France, which paid him 1,700 euros. A welcome help for the young exile who was able to buy a computer to expand his fledgling career as a comedian on social media. “That money, he says, also helped me pay my rent and buy food.”

Useful contact:

You can reach us Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm on 0 806 000 278. An advisor will advise you of the assistance or support that may be available to you and how to request it from your CROUS.

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