If you need help paying your university tuition, there are many options provided by the French government and grant offered by different universities. It’s always a good idea to do your research before committing to a school.
One of the easiest and hassle-free ways to get financial aid is to apply to one of the many scholarships available to international students. Right now, there are about 700 scholarships available but the good news is that the Prime Minister hopes to increase that to 2,100 by the year 2027.
The largest scholarships are the Eiffel Excellence Scholarship, the Major Excellence Programme, the Erasmus Mundus Programme and the Ile-de-France Masters Scholarship. All of these scholarships are available to international students but each has specific qualifications, so click the links to read more. For example, the Eiffel Excellence Scholarship is only available to graduate level students.
CampusBoures is a great resource you can use when looking for scholarships. Sponsored by Campus France, this search engine finds you available scholarships organized by amount and field.
When you have exhausted these options, check your local French Embassy for any scholarships, as often times the embassies will sponsor a certain amount of grants per year.
Depending on the university you choose, you will have different financial aid and loan options, according to different criteria such as your income, your family’s income, you age and field of study. EDHEC, France’s leading business schools, is particularly known for its excess of student loans and grants. They are based on both financial need and academic merit and cover between 20%-40% of tuition. Here are some other universities that provide financial aid:
- The American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy. ...
- American University of Paris
- Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales
- Ecole Supérieure de Cuisine Française
- ESSEC Business School
- Sciences PO
If you can’t find loans or financial aid within your own school, some French banks provide student loans, like HSBC.