Financial assistance

If your budget is tight, or you are having temporary difficulties, financial support is available in a whole range of areas, including accommodation, transport, day-to-day living needs and family needs.

Grants and funding for international students

Candidates are recommended to apply for a grant at least one year before their registration at a French institution.

Exemption from differentiated registration fees

Depending on your circumstances and your host establishment, if you are a non-European student you may be entitled to apply for exemption from differentiated registration or tuition fees.

Travel costs

If you have a limited budget, there are a number of ways in which you can benefit from rates that better suit your situation.

Healthcare costs

Good healthcare on a limited budget is possible! There are solutions for consulting doctors without advance payment, or getting help to benefit from a complementary health insurance for a better coverage of your medical expenses.

Housing allowance - CAF

The Family Allowances Office (‘Caisse d’Allocations Familiales’ - CAF) can provide you with financial support to help you pay your rent, provided that you meet certain conditions.

Family allowances - CAF

Whether you are expecting a child or are already a parent, in some circumstances you can obtain benefits, services and advice from the the Family Allowances Office (‘Caisse d’Allocations Familiales’ - CAF).

Insider tips for daily life

If your budget is limited, there are a number of solutions for covering your basic living expenses and buying furniture, clothing, food and other basic essentials without breaking the bank.

Social support and assistance

If you encounter financial, personal or family difficulties during your stay, a number of support and assistance organizations are on hand to help you overcome them.

Unemployment benefit

If you are a doctoral student or researcher, and coming to the end of your employment contract in France, you may be entitled to claim unemployment benefit.
See the Euraxess France portal to find out about the conditions you have to meet.
Published on  January 8, 2021
Updated on May 30, 2024