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What are the award criteria?

By Severine Burel – Updated July 29, 2022

Increase in the student grant : the “purchasing power” law aimed at combating the effects of inflation has been passed by parliament.

When it comes into force, it provides an increase in the student grant of 4%. The data in this article will be updated as soon as official information is published.

Presentation of the CROUS student grant: definition

The student grant based on social criteria is a financial aid paid to the student in order to improve his living conditions within the framework of his studies.

To perceive it, it is obviously necessary pursue a higher education coursebut other criteria are also taken into account when awarding the CROUS scholarship:

The scholarship application is made through the Student Social File (DSE) on the Internet. It must be completed each year and is the only way to make your request. Once this process has been completed, you will receive an email containing a conditional scholarship notification that you must send to your institution. It is important to respect the deadlines for your scholarship application, between January 15 and April 30 preceding the start of the academic year.

The amount of the CROUS grant is calculated according to the resources of the family or the applicant, the composition of the household and the distance between the place of residence and studies (see the amount of the scholarship). Points are awarded according to the situation and determine a scale ranging from level 0 bis to 7 allowing the amount of aid to be determined. It starts at 1,084 euros for level 0 bis and reaches 5,965 euros per year for level 7.

Award of the CROUS scholarship for higher education

To award your student scholarship, the Crous takes into account a certain number of criteria. Thus, to be eligible and receive the scholarship, you must meet the conditions below.

What are the study-related conditions for the university scholarship?

What are the degree requirements to apply for the scholarship?

Hold a baccalaureate or equivalent (DAEU: diploma of access to university studies) or an exemption for registration in the first year of higher education.

However, if the allocation occurs during the transition to 2th year, this condition is not required.

Up to what age can one apply for the student grant?

  • In the case of a 1st request: be under the age of 28 on September 1 of the year of study.
  • In the case of a renewal: from the age of 28, the student must not interrupt his studies if he wants to continue to benefit from a grant.

However, there are special cases where the age limit can be raised depending on the length of civic service or volunteering in the military. It is also set back by one year per child brought up, for any student.

No age limit is imposed on students recognized as disabled by the CDAPH (Commission for the Rights and Autonomy of Persons with Disabilities).

What resources are taken into account to award the CROUS scholarship?

These are the resources of fiscal year N-2 that will be requested (for the academic year 2022-2023, the income of 2020 will be taken into account) namely the sum which appears on the line “global gross income” of the tax notice.

In a general way, it is the income of the student’s parents that must be taken into account. For only the student’s resources to be admitted, it is not enough for him to file his own tax return, the following 4 conditions must also be met:

  • No material support from parents
  • Residence separated from parents attested by proof of less than three months (rent receipt, gas bill, etc.)
  • 2021 tax opinion on 2020 income in the name of the student
  • A minimum income corresponding to 50% of the annual gross minimum wage

If the student is married or in a PACSit is always the parents’ resources that are taken into account in the allocation of the student grant as long as there is no joint tax return with the spouse and the couple’s income does not exceed 90 % of the SMIC (except when the student has a dependent child for tax purposes, then it is his income that is taken into account without any means test).

The maximum amount of income to benefit from the CROUS scholarship varies according to several criteria (distance between home and place of study, number of dependent children, etc.).

To know : income for year N-1 or even the current year may be taken into account in the event of a major change (divorce of parents, etc.). It is necessary to justify a change of situation (notification of the right to unemployment, judgment of divorce, etc.) by sending the supporting documents to the CROUS by post.

Find out more about the social criteria scholarship

To go further in your research, read the rest of the file dedicated to the CROUS higher education scholarship :

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