Further additions to the grant awards
As a complement to the grants based on social criteria, students can benefit from two supplementary awards :
- Merit awards
This award is in addition to the grant based on social criteria and is paid monthly for nine months.
It is awarded :
- For the Bachelor’s degree (Licence) courses, for pupils of the final year of secondary school who are applying for a future grant based on social criteria and who have obtained the highest category of pass awarded (‘mention Très Bien’) in the Baccalaureate Examination (the State final examinations at the end of secondary education). This applies to whatever type of higher education is envisaged.
- For the master’s degree courses, for grant-holding students who figure on the lists of « laureates » at the end of the Bachelor (Licence) degree, lists drawn up by the higher education institutions
- Once the results of the examinations are known (in July), a grant-holding student does not need to apply for this merit award. The rectorate administration, together with the institutions of higher education, send the list of beneficiaries directly to Crous
- These merit awards are attributed for one university year and can be renewed each year up to the level of study corresponding to the final completion of the level envisaged (often a competitive examination – ‘concours’)
- The student enrollment and regular attendance at classes, at all practical work and placements or internships, is verified, as well as the other conditions applicable to the regular grants based on social criteria.
- Special ‘long vacation’ arrangements
This concerns the possibility for certain students to receive an extension of their grant based on social criteria to cover the summer months of the ‘long vacation’.
This payment during the ‘long vacation’ is reserved for grant-holding higher education students for whom the social criteria category falls within the levels (échelons) 1 to 6. This possibility does not exist for students who terminate their university degree on 1st July of the year in which they received their grant. Those students eligible for this grant extension must fall into one of the following categories :
- a) a student in metropolitan France who is still the responsibility of parents, (or a legal guardian or a delegate with parental authority) when the latter reside in a French overseas department, or territory or in New Caledonia;
- b) a student coming from Wallis and Futuna but who is a student in New Caledonia;
- c) a student carrying out studies in French Polynesia or in New Caledonia who originates from an island in the French territory which is not the same as the one where the education is provided;
- d) a French student or one from another member state of the European Union or from a State which is a member of the European Economic Area, who is still the responsibility of parents (or a legal guardian or a delegate with parental authority) when the latter reside in a foreign country. This does not apply when the latter reside in a European country or other country bordering the Mediterranean, allowing the student the possibility of rejoining the family each year);
- e) a student who is ward of the State ;
- f) a student who is an orphan with both parents deceased ;
- g) a refugee student, on condition that the parents, or legal guardian or delegate with parental authority, are not in a position to receive the student during the long vacation period ;
- h) a student who has previously received special state support as a child, on condition that the parents, or legal guardian or delegate with parental authority, are not in a position to receive the student during the long vacation period.