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Again to college 2022/2023: prices and support

Although spending for the start of the 2022/2023 school year is marked by a sharp increase, several measures have been taken to partially offset this increase.

According to FAGE (Federation of General Student Associations), the price for the start of the academic year 2022/2023 has increased sharply by 7.38%. It rises to an average of €2,527 for a non-scholarship student. For its part, the government has taken a number of measures aimed at reducing costs for this beginning of the academic year, in particular for scholarship recipients.

A sharp increase in back-to-school costs for students

According to the 20th edition of this indicator, this sharp increase can be explained by high inflation after the end of the health crisis. In its report, FAGE distinguishes between re-entry fees and on student allowancewith both increasing sharply.

On average, re-entry fees increased by 13.02% compared to 2021 which reported a decrease of 0.96%.

University entrance fees are different:

  • registration fees, study materials,
  • home insurance costs,
  • Extra Health,
  • contribution to student and university life (CVEC)…

Overall, according to FAGE, start-up costs for this startup will reach an average price of €1,307, up from €1,136 in 2021.

Differences are observed between the costs of re-entry in Ile-de-France and in the other regions, where the increases are higher (+13.85% in the regions vs. +11.82% in Ile-de-France), in particular the supplementary health insurance ( + 34.01% vs. + 28.08%)

Students: living expenses

Monthly living expenses are +1.92% compared to 2021 to reach an average expenditure per student of 1219 euros. These costs mainly relate to rents and fees, food in the university restaurant, telephony and internet, transport, consumption and leisure. The largest increase was in consumption, which grew by 6%.

Overall, housing remains the main expense for a student (57%), with increases of 2.04% in major cities. Next comes food, an item weighed down by food inflation of +6.7% this year.

Measures to reduce the cost of returning to university

To offset these increases and the inflationary fallout from the health and Ukrainian crises, the government took a number of steps measures in favor of students’ purchasing powermainly aimed at scholarship students.

The tuition fees in higher education are frozen for the start of the 2022 school year, for the fourth year in a row. Fellows continue to be exempt from higher education registration fees.

Beneficiaries of the exclusive €100 grant

Exceptional solidarity aid of €100 will be paid at the start of the academic year to students receiving Socially Merited Scholarships, Crous Annual Allowance recipients and Personalized Housing Allowance (APL) recipients. This aid will be paid in September 2022 by Caisses d’allocations familiales (CAF) to students benefiting from APL, whether they have scholarships or not, then by Crous to all other eligible students (scholars or beneficiaries of annual aid that do not receive no PLA).

By 4%, the amounts of the scholarships according to social criteria are increased for the academic year 2022/2023.

The annual amount of the scholarship is included, depending on the level, between €1,084 and €7,158 (for students benefiting from scholarship maintenance during the long university vacations). This scholarship is awarded to students whose families are of low means and according to the number of dependent children in the family and the distance between home and place of study.

Scholarship applications are made on the etudiant.gouv website each year before May 15 (for the following academic year. Nearly 40% of students can benefit from it.

Other support for students

Food from 1 euro is saved for students on scholarships for the entire academic year 2022-2023, as well as for students in very precarious situations identified as such by Crous. In addition, social pricing of €3.30 per meal for all other students is also maintained.

Housing benefits are increasing 3.5% of 1er July 2022 (instead of 1er October).
Under resource conditions, a student may benefit from a housing benefit (APL, ALS or ALF) when renting accommodation that does not belong to a relative (landlord with no family ties). To find out if he can get housing benefit, he can use the online simulator on the Caf website. The request for assistance will be addressed to the fund on which it depends.

on Pass’Sport device has been extended to scholarship students. Launched in 2021 and renewed in 2022, Pass’Sport is a back-to-school sports grant for 2022/2023 of €50 that allows you to register for an eligible structure for the system and to practice sports activity..

Hotline for students with serious financial difficulties also available:

0806000278 (open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

Finally, remember this Civil service missions are open to students and we offer them the opportunity to earn an income and benefit from work experience. From 1 July 2022, the monthly civil service allowance increased from €580.62 to €600.94.

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