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Application for a Crous grant and student accommodation 2022: the procedures

The next academic year is still a long way off, but it’s already time to think about putting together your Scholarship Application and/or accommodation with the Regional Center for University and School Works (Crous). The procedure is open.

Who can benefit from a Crous scholarship?

Before starting the process, check that you meet the eligibility conditions.

To benefit from a grant based on social criteria, you must:

  • to be old under 28 September 1, 2022 for a first scholarship application. Please note that this age limit does not apply to students with disabilities and it can be extended if you have children, if you have joined civic service or the army;
  • be enrolled in initial training in a authorized establishment to receive State scholarship holders in France or in another country of the European Union;
  • study at full-time ;
  • have French nationality, that of a Member State of the European Union or of the European Economic Area.

Additional conditions are required for students who are not French:

  • If you are a citizen of a country in the European Economic Area or are Swiss or Andorran, you must have held a job in France, full-time or part-time, as an employee or not; or prove that one of your parents has received income in France.
  • If you are of another nationality, you must have refugee status recognized by the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons (Ofpra) or benefit from the subsidiary protection granted by the Ofpra or hold a temporary stay or a residence card and have been domiciled in France for at least 2 years and be attached to a tax household located in France for at least 2 years.

Do you meet these conditions? Could you do a simulation of the amount of your scholarship on the Crous website. To do this, you must bring your parents’ 2021 tax notice, indicate the number of dependent children, the number of brothers and sisters in higher education and calculate the kilometric distance between your home and the establishment.

Good to know

The scholarship status allows you to benefit from:

  • exemption from university registration fees;
  • exemption from the Student and Campus Life Contribution (CVEC);
  • priority in the allocation of Crous student accommodation;
  • meals at €1 in the Crous university restaurants.

If the result of the simulation is positive, you can constitute your student social file (DSE) on Messervices.etudiant.gouv.fr. Don’t wait for your future Parcoursup assignment to complete it!

  • of the 2021 tax notice on the income of the household for the year 2020;
  • a credit card to pay the application fees. It is also possible to pay by check, attached to the sending of the completed DSE;
  • of a bank account.

You already have an account (email address and password) if you are registered on the Parcoursup platform. If you don’t have one, you must create one with your INE number (national student identification) which can be found on your student card or on the baccalaureate registration confirmation form.

Complete your file

To complete the file, simply follow the instructions given screen by screen and indicate your current education situation, your contact details, the situation of your parents, the income appearing in the 2021 tax notice. You must then formulate your study wishes (establishments and training) – up to 4 options possible in the same academy or in different academies – and specify whether you are applying for a Crous scholarship and/or accommodation. In the event of an unexpected disconnection, the information entered is kept and you have a period of 7 days to finalize your file.

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Once the file has been validated, you will receive an email confirming the submission of your DSE or asking you to return missing supporting documents in the follow-up of your file on Messervices.etudiant.gouv.fr.

Follow your file

Once the file has been completed, it is possible to follow its progress online: admissibility, decisions relating to applications, transfers, possible payments.

Within 30 days of sending the file, you will receive an answer in principle by email indicating the decision to award or reject your scholarship application. Notification is conditional until confirmation of institutional enrollment occurs. It must be presented to the education department of your establishment at the time of registration. If you do not agree with the administration’s decision, you can file an appeal.

Final validation of your file

To definitively validate your file and pay your scholarship, the Crous must imperatively receive a school certificate. Depending on the academies, the establishment sends it to the Crous or you have to take care of it yourself. This is when the Crous will set the final amount of your scholarship.

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When will you receive your scholarship?

Upon confirmation of your registration in the establishment, you will receive a final notification and the payment of your scholarship. The first payment will take place at the end of August, if your administrative registration was finalized before August 25 or, failing that, in September. The scholarship is paid in ten monthly instalments every 5th of the month, from September to June, and, under certain conditions, during major holidays.

In the event of constitution of the DSE after May 15, it is possible that your grant will be paid late (for example in November). In this case, you will simultaneously receive the monthly payments due (September + October + November).

A 4% increase for the 2022-2023 academic year

At the start of the 2022 academic year, the amount of the scholarships will be increased by 4% in order to help students cope with the consequences of inflation on their purchasing power. This increase will take effect from the first payment, at the end of August. Depending on the level, the 4% revaluation represents a gain of 42 to 229 euros over 10 months and from 51 to 275 euros over 12 months. In the previous two academic years, scholarships had increased by almost 1%.

How do I apply for accommodation in a Crous residence?

Main allocation phase reserved for scholarship students

After having compiled your DSE, you will receive an email at the beginning of May indicating the steps to apply for accommodation on the site.Findunhousing.lescrous.fr. You will be able formulate up to 4 wishes all cities combined. It is possible to make several requests in the same residence for different types of accommodation.If you are already housed in a Crous residence, you must enter your request in your Cité U space on Messervices.etudiant.gouv.fr.

From June 14 and until July 5, the allocation of accommodation in university residences will be announced each week. You can receive a maximum of 4 housing proposals and 1 proposal per city at a time. If accommodation is assigned to you, you will have 48 hours to confirm your choice by paying a 100 euro booking fee, which will be deducted from your first rent.

Complementary allocation phase open to all students

If you have not obtained housing in a university residence, you will be able to consult the offers remaining available from Tuesday July 12, during the additional assignment phase. All students, scholarship holders or not, as well as international students can apply for an allocation.

Crous: who to contact in the event of a problem?

If you need to contact the Crous for information or a complaint about your file, simply enter your postal code and we will give you the useful contact details:

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