Financial Aid Applications for the 2017-2018 School Year

The deadline for submitting a scholarship/financial aid application to the Consulate for the 2017-2018 school year (review by the first Consular Committee on Scholarships and Financial Aid) is set to March 9, 2017.

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The deadline for submitting a scholarship/financial aid application to the Consulate for the 2017-2018 school year (review by the first Consular Committee on Scholarships and Financial Aid) is set to March 9, 2017. Because of the high volume of applications we receive, it is highly recommended that you reserve your appointment as soon as possible on the following link, to ensure that your application is examined in the best conditions.


How to Prepare my Application for Financial Aid?

Print the Checklist of required documents, and the Application Form.
Fill out and sign the form, making sure to answer all questions without exception.
Make sure to provide all required documents (copies only) matching your family, financial and real estate situation.

Any application that is incomplete or inaccurate will delay the reviewing process.


How to Submit my Application

Requests sent via email will NOT be considered

First Application : by appointment only : reserve your timeslot as soon as possible.
Renewal : preferably by appointment
or via postal mail at the following address :
Consulat Général de France à New York
Service social
934 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10021


Application period: through March 9, 2017.

The deadline for applications sent via postal mail is March 9, 2017 (as per postmark).
Applications submitted past this deadline will not be considered.

The Consulate now offers 30-minute time slots, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (start time for the last slot), and from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm (start time for the last slot), from Monday to Thursday.

It is hard for you to be available at these times?
You can contact us to set up a different time: monique.aragone@diplomatie.gouv.fr, helene.ringot@diplomatie.gouv.fr.

You are required to come to the appointment with a complete application.


How will my application be reviewed?

Your application will be reviewed with the utmost attention by the Social Services of the Consulate.

The following factors are taken into account:
Family profile
Pre-tax income for the year 2016 (salaries, capital and real estate assets)
Other advantages (non-cash benefits provided by the employer, received child support or alimony, family allowances…)
Annual tuition fees paid by the family (annual fee, yearly enrollment fee and first enrollment fee…)
Annual charges deducted from the 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).


I haven’t received my W2 and Income Tax Return yet, do I still need to come to my appointment?

Yes, we recommend coming for your appointment as soon as possible, to submit all the other documents in your application. You will be able to send us the Income Tax Return upon receipt.


What are the parties involved in reviewing the application?

- First review by the social services of the Consulate.
- Collegial review by the 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.
- Consular Committee’s recommendations are sent to the Agency for French Teaching Abroad (Agence pour l’Enseignement Français à l’Etranger, AEFE).
- Final decision by the AEFE after consultation with a National Commission which is held in Paris, based on the general budget allocated to the financial aid system worldwide.


Can the Consulate give me an indication right now of the amount of the financial aid I will receive?

No.

The percentage of financial aid received depends on many parameters (size of the family, level of tuition fees, income, expenses, advantages, assets), and it is therefore impossible to indicate a precise estimate before your application is examined.

You can simulate the amount of the aid you will receive based on the information presented in our brochure. You will need to know the cost of living index (“Indice de parité de Pouvoir d’Achat”, IPA) for your place of residence (136 for the zone covered by the Consulate General of France in New York). In the current context of budgetary constraints, the amount of the aid that will be allocated depends on available credits.


What type of decisions can be made regarding my application?

The first Consular Committee on Scholarships and Financial Aid can propose:
- To grand financial aid to your child;
- To postpone your application (e.g. incomplete application);
- To reject your application (e.g. financial and real estate assets outside of tuition aid limits, disingenuous statements).


What is the calendar for the 2017-2018 financial aid campaign?

December: opening of the campaign, applications start being received
Thursday, March 9, 2017: deadline for submitting applications to the Consulate
May: first Consular Committee
=> A few days after this first Committee is held, you will receive a letter indicating the recommendation issued by the Committee regarding your application.
June: first National Commission on scholarships and financial aid (CNB1)
=> A few days after this second Committee is held, you will receive a letter indicating the final decision regarding your application.


Who are my contacts at the Consulate?

Hélène RINGOT
Head of Social Services, 212 606 3605 – helene.ringot@diplomatie.gouv.fr
Monique ARAGONE
Assistant in charge of Scholarships and Financial Aid 212 606 3606 – monique.aragone@diplomatie.gouv.fr


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

To be eligible for financial aid for the 2017/2018 school year, your child must be at least three years old by the end of 2017 calendar year.


What are the conditions to be eligible to financial aid?

You must:
Be registered at the Consulate (= hold a valid Consular Card).
No longer receive allowances from the Caisse des Allocations Familiales (CAF) ( A certificate of removal is required for families whose children have resided in France)

The child must:
- Be French and be listed on your “Livret de famille”;
- Be at least 3 years old by the end of the 2017 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.


My child already received financial aid in 2016/2017, do I need to submit another application?

Yes, another full application must be submitted to us. The financial aid application is only valid for the current academic year. It must be renewed every year.
Does the Consulate have a role in deciding where my child can be enrolled?
No, you must apply directly to the 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 admission to your school of choice, and vice versa.


In what currency are my resources examined?

All financial information is reviewed in dollars.
As per official guidelines, all conversions are made at the following rate, as of 16/09/2016 :1$=0,90€.


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 € / 111 111 $ ;
• real estate assets: 250 000 € / 277 777 $ (aquired value).


What are the reference texts?

Specific instructions on scholarships and financial aid for French children residing abroad (Northern zone)
Financial aid brochure for French children residing abroad with their families (Northern zone).


Is financial aid a right?

No. Financial aid is granted within the limits of the annual budget allocated to the Agency for French Teaching Abroad (AEFE)


What may I do if I am not satisfied with the decision reached by the Agency after the first National Commission on scholarships and financial aid?

You can request a second review of your application by the second Consular Committee on Scholarship and Financial Aid (applications received between June and September), and must bring all necessary complementary documents.


What can I do if I am not satisfied with the decision of the Agency following the second National Commission on academic and financial aid?

You can submit a letter requesting an administrative appeal to the Director of the AEFE, via the Consulate, and submit the relevant complementary documents. Please note that requests for appeals sent directly to the financial aid services of the AEFE will not be taken into account.


For which other types of financial aid am I eligible for my child’s schooling?

You can reach out to the school where your child is enrolled, which might have its own specific financial aid budget.


We plan on moving to New York soon. When can we submit our application for academic financial aid?

If you arrive in New York before March 9, you may submit your financial aid application to the Consulate for review during the first Consular Committee on Academic Financial Aid that is held in the spring.

If you move to New York after this date, you must register with the Consulate when you arrive and submit your financial aid application for the 2017/2018 academic year in the summer of 2017, for review in the fall by the second meeting of the Consular Committee on Academic Financial Aid.

Over the summer, you may refer to the deadline for submissions of applications and make an appointment through this website to submit your application.

In the meantime, we recommend that you take note of the requested documents and begin to prepare all documents for your application.


To summarize, what steps do you need to follow to apply for financial aid?

- Request a certificate of removal from your former “Caisse d’allocations familiales”, if you lived in France before.
- 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 the deadline, with the supporting documents detailing your resources and standard of living

Dernière modification : 03/01/2017

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