In accordance with the law on student orientation and success, implemented on 8 March 2018,  students admitted to a French institution of higher education are subject to a fee known as the CVEC. The fee must be remitted to the CROUS before enrolling. Here is everything you need to know about the CVEC.

What is the CVEC?

The CVEC is the Student and Campus Life Contribution fee. It helps to provide students with social, health, cultural and sport-related support, and to encourage preventive and health education initiatives.

By law, it is collected by the CROUS. For the academic year 2023-2024, it costs €100 a year. Students may be subject to it or exempt from it, depending on their situation.

How Much Does the CVEC Cost?

In 2023-2024, the Student and Campus Life Contribution fee is €100.

Who does the CVEC apply to?

The Student and Campus Life Contribution applies to all students, future students and international students enrolling at the university, unless they are exempt by law.

Students exempt from paying the CVEC:

  • Grant holder based on social criteria managed by the CROUS (year in progress)
  • Recipient of a grant paid out by the region for paramedical, health and social training courses
  • Recipient of an annual allowance
  • Refugee
  • Recipient of subsidiary protection
  • Asylum seekers with the right to remain in France

For example:

  • In all cases, the student must logon to the dedicated website (or go to the Post Office) to get their CVEC certificate.
  • Apprentices must pay the CVEC but can ask their employer to reimburse the sum
  • Students in CPGE (Preparatory classes for the Grandes Écoles) pay the contribution when they register for university
  • Students who register for more than one course in the same academic year are only required to pay the CVEC once when they first register.


Exempt from payment:

  • International students registering in France for an incoming exchange programme such as Erasmus.
  • Interns on funded continuing education courses (paid for by their employer or by a collecting body)
  • Students returning to unfunded research who have signed an agreement with the University for additional services
  • Students and interns only registering to train for the certificate of aptitude for teaching (external and internal) under the continuing education system
  • Future students registered for a course preparing the DAEU – Diplôme d’accès aux études universitaires (Diploma of Access to University Studies)
  • Auditors

 

For more information on international students, please go to the Campus France website

When should you pay the CVEC?

The http://cvec.etudiant.gouv.fr platform has been open since 17 May 2023.

The CVEC must be paid before registering at the university. You will need the code on your individual certificate to register.

How do you pay the CVEC?
  • Payment is done online by credit or debit card

Step 1: Log in to one of these websites: https://www.messervices.etudiant.gouv.fr or http://cvec.etudiant.gouv.fr

Page: LOG IN. Students who have registered on Parcoursup for the current year will receive an email telling them how to create their account. Any other students will need to create their account or edit it if they no longer have access.

Step 2: Fill in the personal data required and indicate the city in which you will be studying

Step 3: Pay the CVEC online or request to be exempt from payment online.

  • Cash payments can done in person at a Post Office

Since 1st June 2023, you can now pay the CVEC in cash at a Post Office for the academic year 2023-2024.
You can view the list of Banque Postale offices on the website: click here

A supplement (in 2023-2024) will be charged when you pay the CVEC at the Banque Postale. A nominative payment notification will be issued. 

Within 48 hours, the student will receive an email containing a link with which to download their CVEC certificate. This certificate contains a CVEC code, which you must keep if you wish to register at the university.

How and when to claim a CVEC refund ?

Future students can get reimbursed of the CVEC:

  • If you are a scholarship holder
  • If you qualify for an exemption
  • If you have enrolled for a course that does not require payment of the CVEC

Reimbursement requests are to be sent to the CROUS via the dedicated website.
If the student is an apprentice, they can ask their employer to reimburse the sum.

The CVEC reimbursement application campaign for the year 2023-2024 will open on 1 September 2023 until 31 May 2024.

 
Displaced students from Ukraine benefiting from temporary protection must apply for CVEC exemption before enrolling for a university course.
This exemption is conditional on obtaining a scholarship based on social criteria. Once the application for CVEC exemption has been submitted, the CROUS grants department will contact the applicant by e-mail to finalise the grant application. If they are eligible for a grant based on social criteria, they will receive a conditional grant notification and their CVEC exemption certificate by e-mail.
These documents must be presented at the time of registration to be exempt from tuition fees. As soon as the CROUS grants department learns that the student has been registered, they will be entitled to a 1-euro meal in university restaurants and a monthly grant. Read more

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