At École Polytechnique, we admit the most talented undergraduate students from all over the world using a need-blind admissions process. We strive to attract and reward the very best students, regardless of their financial situation. To this end, eligibility for most types of financial aid is reserved for students who are admitted with honors.
There are two categories of financial aid: merit-based and need-based. These categories are not mutually exclusive.
As the amount of aid is limited, students needing financial aid are encouraged to apply in early admissions rounds.
It is important to note that the financial aid we can provide does not cover all fees (tuition and living costs). Please also note that students enrolled in École Polytechnique’s Bachelor Program are not entitled to receive French government CROUS scholarships based on social criteria. Students must take into account that they will have to pay at least part of the tuition and most of their living expenses. It is therefore necessary to make a feasible financial plan to pay your studies at École Polytechnique before applying.
Please keep in mind that you will have to provide a financial plan to the French Authorities in order to receive your visa. Without a sound financial plan, you will not be able to get your visa to study at École Polytechnique.
The École Polytechnique Foundation offers a limited number of Excellence Scholarships based on academic excellence to help us attract and reward the very best students worldwide. Upon admission, Excellence Scholarships are reserved for students who are admitted with honors. They amount to €4,000 per year paid in 10 monthly installments. The Excellence Scholarship’s renewal is subject to academic success and and exemplary conduct in the Program. At the end of the first year, additional Excellence Scholarships are awarded to students who have achieved outstanding academic results while also contributing to student life and activities on campus.
WOMEN IN SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP
Historically, women have been underrepresented in scientific fields of study. At École Polytechnique, we take this issue seriously and strive to promote gender equality. To this end, and in order to encourage and support our talented female students, the École Polytechnique Foundation has created this scholarship. This is a €4,000 scholarship paid in 10 monthly installments available during the first year only.
TUITION FEE WAIVERS
École Polytechnique offers tuition fee waivers based on students’ financial needs. Tuition fee waivers are reserved for students who are admitted with honors and range from €1,000 to €11,000/€14,100 (depending on your personal tuition fees). Please note that even the highest tuition fee waiver requires a €1,400 annual tuition fee. Tuition fee waivers only cover tuition costs, any other expenses are the student’s responsibility.
INTEREST-FREE LOAN SUPPORTED BY THE ÉCOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FOUNDATION
Students admitted to the Bachelor Program may also apply for a limited amount of interest-free loans supported by the École Polytechnique Foundation. These loans can amount to a maximum of €12,000 per year for the duration of the Bachelor Program. Attribution is based on the family's financial situation. Partner banks for these loans request specific conditions for eligibility (according to the age or nationality of the students for example). ). As such, students who will not be 18 years of age within a few months of arrival on campus, or coming from a country with a financial embargo with France, cannot benefit from an interest-free loan.
LIVING COSTS SCHOLARSHIPS
For students finding themselves in a specific situation (for example, students who are not eligible for an interest-free loan), the École Polytechnique Foundation may also offer a limited number of scholarships. These scholarships are aimed at helping students in need by contributing to their costs of living and may only be attributed on a case-by-case basis depending on the financial situation of the student.
Several other bursaries may be available to École Polytechnique Bachelor students according to different requirements such as nationality, academic achievements and study plan.
A complete list of scholarships and grants is available on CampusBourses listing, where they are sorted by supporting organizations, fields of studies and countries of origin.
French banks may potentially provide students, on a case-by-case basis, student loans at preferential rates. However, a fiscal warrantor on French soil is systematically needed in order to obtain a student loan. Students who are not able to provide a fiscal warrantor on French soil will have to look for loan options in their own country.
Students are encouraged to find other types of financial aid in their own country or in France by themselves.
Funding for MS students is very limited. Columbia's academic departments have a number of part-time positions that are open to students each semester. MS students are eligible to apply for these roles, but they are generally not awarded prior to enrollment. We strongly encourage all applicants to seek funding from external sources.
Student Financial Planning describes different types of aid that may be available to you, including loans.International students are advised to seek out scholarship opportunities that they may be eligible for through their home country's government agency or Ministry of Education, and nonprofit organizations. Institutional aid is administered by academic departments and includes funding from institutional grants, fellowships, teaching and research assistantships, readerships, and preceptorships. All of these types of aid are considered institutional aid and can be awarded individually or in some combination, upon admission or to continuing students, by the academic department.
All prospective students may apply for admission to graduate programs in engineering with institutional aid consideration. There is no separate application for institutional aid. Graduate Engineering students may also choose to search for external funding opportunities outside of Columbia University to support their education and research costs.