Tuition Assistance 2018/2019 - detailed information
Applications should be submitted no later than September 8th, 2018.
To ensure your application receives the best possible review, we invite you to submit through an in-person appointment at the Consulate, as soon as possible.
I am looking for a bilingual school for my child for the 2018/2019 scholastic year, what are my options ?
An overview of bilingual programs can be accessed here.
You should contact directly with no delay the schools you are interested in.
What are the tuition fees at the accredited institutions? Can these fees be entirely covered by tuition assistance ?
The accredited institutions are expensive. Depending on the schools and classes, tuition fees range from $16,885 a year for kindergarten at the French American Academy (New Jersey) to $38,525 at the United Nations International School (Manhattan).
In order to keep tuition costs from skyrocketing, the French government applies a ceiling to how much of these costs it will cover. The scholarships that are awarded are based on a tuition figure that is capped.
Except under exceptional circumstances, there will always be a remainder that will have to be taken charge of by the family. This remainder fluctuates depending on the classes and the schools.
Families that are having trouble covering the remainder of the costs may contact the schools to apply for additional financial aid.
The child has to:
• be a French national
• currently enrolled in or admitted to one of the 8 AEFE accredited schools in the area (Manhattan: LFNY, LK, EINY, UNIS – Brooklyn: ISB – Westchester: FASNY – New Jersey: FAA, FASP)
• registered with the Consulate
• be at least 3 years old on December 31, 2018
The assistance provided covers only a part of the tuition fees. Additional fees (i.e. lunch program, examination fees) are almost never included.
An application for tuition assistance needs to be submitted every year.
An incomplete or inaccurate application will be rejected.
If you are receiving aid from the Caisse d’Allocation Familiales (exclusively reserved to residents of France), your application will be rejected.
When granted, tuition assistance is paid directly to the schools.
The amount of tuition assistance granted depends on a number of variables: the composition of your family, the school fees, your income, expenses, benefits and assets. It is therefore impossible for us to provide you with a precise estimate.
Above a threshold determined by the AEFE, you are not eligible for tuition assistance:
• Liquid assets: EUR 100,000
• Property assets: EUR 250,000 in acquired value
Example: If you bought a property for EUR 300,000 and you have a EUR 100,000 mortgage outstanding, only the acquired value of EUR 200,000, below the exclusion threshold, will be taken into account.
I am not satisfied with the decision reached by the first consular committee in the Spring, what should I do?
If you are unhappy with the decision that was made in the Spring, you may ask that your file is be re-evaluated during the second consular committee on scholarships in the Fall of 2018.
For this, you must make an appointment at the Consulate right away make an appointment with the Social Services Department of the Consulate. All the elements that are necessary to the re-evaluation of your file must absolutely be submitted by September 8th 2018.
After being assessed by the Social Services Department at the Consulate, your request will be evaluated during the second consular committee on scholarships, at the end of October.
You will receive a letter informing you of the decision that has been made at the end of November.
After the national committee meets in Paris (at which time all the local applications will be discussed) you will receive a letter with a definitive decision in December.
The social services department at the Consulate remains available to answer your questions: 212 606 3602/ email@example.com /firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I prepare my appeals file?
Documents to provide:
- A letter addressed to the Consul General explaining why you are requesting that your file be re-evaluated.
- The three last bank statements for each of the bank accounts held by your family members.
- Your last retirement statement
- Any document that can justify a worsening of your financial situation, or that can show you have difficulties paying the educational fees you are responsible for (debts, loss of employment, new employment that pays less than the previous one, death, unexpected costs weighing on the family budget, significant decrease of real estate worth….)
- Any other document demonstrating a change in the family situation (birth certificate of a new child, separation or divorce agreement…)
- Any other document that was not included during your first application for financial aid that would make your file complete, in the event that it was rejected due to missing information (tax return, W2, other required documents not provided during the first application)
The Social Services Department reserves the right to request additional pieces of information or visit your home to make sure that your declarations are truthful.
I have not yet submitted a financial aid application for the 2018-2019 academic year, but need financial aid for my child’s 2018-2019 tuition. What should I do?
Please read the following information carefully:
If you and your family reside in France, you should immediately submit a request to your local Caisse d’Allocations Familiales (CAF) office for a “certificat de radiation,” (document proving that your family has been removed from CAF’s rolls). Your request may take several weeks/months to process.
Make sure that you and your family are registered with the Consulate; you may also register once you arrive in New York.
If you have not already done so, contact one or several schools accredited by the French Ministry of National Education in order to enroll your child.
Gather together all the documents required for your academic financial aid application
Make an appointment with the Consulate’s Social Services to submit your application before September 8th, 2018. It is highly recommended to meet with Social Services as soon as possible.
If you need to make an appointment on a day/time other than those available, you must contact Social Services : Send a mail
You must bring a complete application to your appointment. Make sure to provide all the documents (copies only) required on the checklist , and to check the boxes that match your family and financial situation.
Any application that is incomplete or inaccurate will delay the reviewing process.
Your application will be reviewed by the Consulate’s Social Services and then examined during this year’s second Consular Committee on Academic Financial Aid, which is scheduled to take place in late October.
You will receive in late November a provisional award letter via email detailing the amount of aid that the Committee has provisionally awarded towards your child’s tuition.
The Committee’s proposal is then submitted for examination and approval by the National Commission in Paris. You will receive a final financial aid letter via email in December.
What are some of the other sources of financial aid that I can apply for to support my child’s education?
You can contact the school that your child is enrolled in. It might have a specific budget that can be applied to for tuition assistance.
Specific instructions on tuition assistance for French children residing abroad
AEFE tuition assistance information brochure