Scholarships and financial aid
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. An admission with honors is awarded to the most talented applicants in each round of admission.
There are two categories of financial aid: merit-based and need-based. These categories are not mutually exclusive.
It is important to note that the financial aid we can provide cannot cover all fees (tuition and living costs). Students must take into account that they will have to pay at least part of the costs (tuition and living costs) of the program. It is therefore necessary to make a financial plan to pay your studies at École Polytechnique before applying to our Bachelor Program. If your financial plan does not seem feasible, this program may not be the right fit for you.
Please keep in mind that a financial plan will also be asked of you by French Authorities in order to deliver your visa. Without a sound financial plan, you will not be able to get your visa to study at École Polytechnique.
Merit-based financial aid:
- Excellence Scholarship
The École Polytechnique Foundation offers a limited number of Excellence Scholarships based on academic excellence to help us attract and reward the very top students worldwide. In first year, these 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 attendance in the Program.
- 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 €6,000 scholarship paid in 10 monthly installments available during the first year only.
Need-based financial aid:
- 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 €10,600/€13,600 (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 is the student’s responsibility.
- Interest-free loan supported by the École Polytechnique Foundation
Students admitted to the Bachelor Program may also have access to a limited number of interest-free loans supported by the École Polytechnique Foundation, based on their financial situation and needs. Partner banks for these loans request some specific conditions for eligibility (according to the age or nationality of the students for example). These loans can amount to a maximum of €12,000 per year for the duration of the Program.
- 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 handed out on a case by case basis depending on the financial situation of the student.
Financial aid from outside of École Polytechnique
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 also encouraged to find other types of financial aid in their own country or in France by themselves.