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FRANCE: University grants rise by up to 3%
The French government is increasing the size of the grants it gives to almost half a million university students by up to 3% to help them cope with rising costs, reports The Connexion. About 100,000 students from under-privileged backgrounds will be entitled to the 3% rise for this academic year. Another 350,000 students will see their grant grow by 1.5%.

Higher Education Minister Valérie Pécresse has also announced a 10% increase in the emergency help fund for students who are not eligible for a grant but are in urgent need of financial support. The two combined measures will cost EUR50 million.

The size of the grants varies depending on how far a student's chosen university is from their family home, and how many other children are in the family. Disabled students are eligible for additional help. The move has been welcomed by France's biggest student union, Unef, which last week published figures showing the cost of going to university was up 3.2% compared with last year, with rents up 8.3% in Paris.
Full report on The Connexion site
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