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Updated on: 25/01/2023
For diplomas earned at French public universities, tuition fees are set by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the French Ministry of Economics, Finance, Industrial & Cyber Sovereignty.
The CVEC has replaced student social security fees since March 2018. Collected by the CROUS, it is 95€ per year. It is used to improve life on campus: reception, health, culture and sports... It is due by all students, except for some special cases.
All French and foreign students enrolling in undergraduate studies at a French university must pay this fee before beginning the registration procedures with their university. A proof of payment number is issued to each student after payment.
The payment procedure is completed on a dedicated website: messervices.etudiant.gouv.fr
Students who are exempt from paying this fee are:
Scholarship students who have received their conditional grant allocation are automatically detected on the cvec.etudiant.gouv.fr website, and can download their proof of CVEC payment at the end of the procedure online, without paying the fees in advance or at a later date.
If you become eligible for CVEC exemption during the academic year, you can get a refund of the fee paid. To do so, and for the current academic year, you just have to apply for it as from September 15th, 2021. This also applies to those who paid the CVEC in advance but ended up failing the baccalauréat exam and were therefore not admissible.
Bachelor, vocational Bachelor,
French students w/o grants,
EU / EEE / Switzerland / Monaco nationals
International students from low- and lower-middle income (in French) countries (according to the World Bank) + Algeria and Gabon
International students (not listed above)
By decision of the University of Bordeaux board of directors on April 16th, 2019 (in French), students with refugee status or under subsidiary protection are exempt from tuition and library fees. The exemption is valid for the duration of the degree cycle, up to a limit of 4 registrations for a Bachelor degree and 3 registrations for a Master degree.
You must have paid all your registration fees to obtain a refund (in the event of payment in three instalments, the refund will only be possible after the last instalment) if:
If you are a scholarship student, you are not required to make any payments to register.
However, you must log on to the messervices.etudiant.gouv.fr website to obtain the CVEC certificate, free of charge, which will be requested when you register online.
The DSE enables you to apply for grants and housing in student halls of residence. Remember to fill in the file every year!
Rent, utilities, food, books and extracurricular activities... For many students, even before enrolling at university, the question of financing their studies comes up. There are solutions and the social services can help you.