Applications for academic financial aid for the 2016-2017 year




I submitted a financial aid application for the 2016-2017 academic year at the beginning of 2016 for review by this year’s first Consular Committee on Academic Financial Aid. What should I expect?

This year’s first Consular Committee on Academic Financial Aid met on May 3, 2016. You will soon receive a provisional award letter detailing the amount of aid that the Committee has provisionally awarded towards your child’s tuition.
Note that the amount of aid awarded is provisional and must be approved by the National Commission in Paris, which is scheduled to meet in June 2016. Once this commission has met, you will receive the final financial aid letter late June/early July.


I have not yet submitted a financial aid application for the 2016-2017 academic year, but need financial aid for your child’s 2016-2017 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 “certificate de radiation” (document proving that your family has been removed from CAF’s rolls). Your request may take several weeks 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 begin the enrollment process.

- Gather together all the documents required in your academic financial aid application.

- Make an appointment with the Consulate’s Social Services to submit your application before September 9, 2016. 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 at monique.aragone@diplomatie.gouv.fr / helene.ringot@diplomatie.gouv.fr.

You must bring a complete application to your appointment, including all required documents relating to your family, financial resources and assets (copies only).

- 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 the fall.

- You will receive in late November a provisional award letter 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 in December a final financial aid letter.

If you have any questions, you can contact the Consulate’s Social Services at:
212 606 3602 / helene.ringot@diplomatie.gouv.fr / monique.aragone@diplomatie.gouv.fr.


I submitted a financial aid application for the 2016-2017 academic year at the beginning of 2016 and I am not satisfied with the provisional award made by this year’s first Consular Committee on Academic Financial Aid. What should I do?

You may file an appeal and request to have your application reviewed again during this year’s second Consular Committee on Academic Financial Aid which will take place in Fall 2016.

To file an appeal and resubmit your application for review, make an appointment now with the Consulate’s Social Services. You must submit all documents required for the review . before September 9, 2016. It is strongly recommended that you submit the documents now.

- After review by the Consulate’s Social Services, your application will be examined during the second Consular Committee on Academic Financial Aid, which will take place in the fall.

- You will receive in late November a second provisional award letter 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 in December a financial aid letter detailing the Commission’s final decision.

If you have any questions, you may contact the Consulate’s Social Services at:
212 606 3602 / helene.ringot@diplomatie.gouv.fr / monique.aragone@diplomatie.gouv.fr.


How do I prepare my application for academic financial aid?

- Print the Checklist of required documents, and theApplication Form and the Statement of Financial Resources and Assets.
Fill out and sign the Statement of Financial Resources and Assets, making sure to answer all questions without exception.
Make sure to provide all the documents (copies only) required in 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.


How do I file an appeal and resubmit my financial aid application for a second review?

You must submit the following documents:

- A letter addressed to the Consul General explaining the reasons why your application should be reviewed again.

- Two US first-class postage stamps

- Your 3 most recent bank statements for your family’s bank accounts

- Your most recent retirement savings plan statement

- Any document indicating a change in your financial situation or demonstrating financial hardship in paying your child’s tuition (for example, debts, loss of employment, new job or business with lower salary/income, unexpected expenses that are depleting the family budget, significant reduction in assets, etc.)

- Any document indicating a change in your family’s situation (for example, birth certificate of a new child, divorce certificate, legal separation order, etc.).

- If your initial application was rejected as incomplete, any required documents (for example, your 2015 tax return, W2 form, or any other required document) that you did not submit with your first application).

The Consulate’s Social Services reserves the right to request additional documents.


What are the factors that will be considered for the amount of financial aid that I will receive?

Your application will be reviewed with the utmost attention by the Consulate based on your application form, your letter to the Consul General presenting your situation, and your supporting documents.

The following factors are taken into account:
-  Family size;
-  Pre-tax income for the 2015 year (salaries, capital income, income from real estate holdings);
-  Other benefits in addition to income (non-cash benefits provided by the employer, received child support or alimony, family allowances, etc.);
-  Annual tuition fees paid by the family (annual fee, yearly enrollment fee and first enrollment fee, etc.);
-  Annual costs and expenses deducted from income (taxes, required contributions, owed child support or alimony);
-  Financial assets (any kind of savings, 401K contributions are also taken into account).
-  Real estate (acquired value of all properties, whatever their location and type).


Who examines my application?

Financial aid applications are first received and reviewed by the social services of the Consulate.
The applications are then presented to a Consular Committee presided by the Consul General, and comprising elected officials from the French expatriate community, representatives from accredited schools, representatives from parent and teacher associations and from the UFE and “Français du Monde” organizations.
This Committee reviews all the applications and issues recommendations that are then submitted to the Agency for French Teaching Abroad (Agence pour l’Enseignement Français à l’Etranger, AEFE).
The AEFE makes its decision for all applications after consulting with a National Commission which is held in Paris; the decision is based on the general budget allocated to the financial aid system worldwide.


Can the Consulate tell me right now how much financial aid my child will receive?

Eligibility for academic financial aid depends on your financial situation. You can simulate the amount of the aid you will receive based on the information presented in our brochure (available in French only). You will need to know the cost of living index (“Indice de parité de Pouvoir d’Achat”, IPA) for your place of residence (116 for the zone covered by the Consulate General of France in New York). In the current context of budgetary constraints, please be aware that the amount of the aid that will be allocated to you depends on the budgeted funds that will be available this year.


How old does my child need to be to benefit from financial aid?

To be eligible for academic financial aid for the 2016-2017 academic year, your child must be three years old by the end of the 2016 calendar year.


What are the eligibility conditions for academic financial aid?

You must:
• beregistered at the Consulate (= hold a Consular Card);
• no longer receive allowances from your local Caisse des Allocations Familiales (CAF) office. A “certificate de radiation,” (document proving that your family has been removed from CAF’s rolls) is required for families whose child has resided in France.

The child must:
• be French and be listed on your “livret de famille” (family register);
• be at least 3 years old by the end of the 2016 calendar year;
• reside with his/her family (father, mother, legal guardian);
• be registered at the Consulate;
• be enrolled or about to be enrolled in a school accredited by the French Ministry of National Education.


Does the Consulate have a role in deciding where my child can be enrolled?

No, you must apply directly to the accredited school in which you want to enroll your child, in addition to submitting your financial aid application to the Consulate. These are two distinct procedures. Receiving financial aid does not guarantee your child’s admission to your school of choice, and vice versa.


In what currency are my family’s resources examined?

All financial information is reviewed in dollars.
As per official guidelines, all conversions are made at the following rate, as of 09/16/2015:
$1 = €0.89


For capital and real estate assets, what is the threshold of exclusion from financial aid benefits?

The amounts of these thresholds are defined based on the economic situation of each country.
In the zone covered by the Consulate General of France, these amounts are the following:
• financial assets: €100,000 / $112,360
• real estate assets: €250,000 / $280,899 (home equity)


What are the relevant laws?

Rules and procedures on academic financial aid for French children residing abroad (northern hemisphere) (available in French only).
Financial aid brochure for French children residing abroad with their families (northern hemisphere) (available in French only).


What are my options if I am not satisfied with the decision reached by the Agency for French Teaching Abroad (AEFE) after the second National Commission on academic financial aid?

You can file an administrative appeal by sending a letter between January 3 and February 28, 2017 addressed to the Director of AEFE, via the Consulate, being sure to include the documents justifying your appeal. Note that appeals filed directly with the Academic Aid office of AEFE in Paris will not be taken into consideration.


Is my child eligible for any other sources of academic financial aid?

Your child’s school may offer financial aid to help cover the cost of tuition. Contact the school for further information.


To summarize, what do I need to do to apply for academic financial aid?

• Obtain a “certificate de radiation” from your local Caisse des Allocations Familiales (CAF) office if you have resided in France.
• Register yourself and your child/ren at the Consulate General of France in New York,
• Fill out and submit to the Consulate the application form before September 9, 2016, with the supporting documents detailing your resources and assets.

Dernière modification : 20/05/2016

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