To increase the U ticket to 1 euro for scholarship holders

This is one of the “emergencies” that Elisabeth Borne mentioned last week as a purchasing power. The prime minister asked higher education minister Sylvie Retailleau and economy minister Bruno Le Maire “to pay special attention to the students.” At Matignon, we insist on young people “who have suffered the Covid crisis”.

Among the measures the government is working on is the extension of the U ticket to 1 euro for scholarship holders. According to our information, the system, which was due to end on August 31, should continue to apply for the academic year 2022-2023. “I do not see how to end this measure,” says the senior official.

An announcement of the extension could come before the government seminar scheduled for the end of June. “If it succeeds before, it will be very good,” a close file said, referring to the “urgency” dictated by Elisabeth Borne, where the previous CEO was heavily criticized for his late actions against students.

The € 1 ticket system was introduced at the beginning of the 2020 school year for scholarship students, before it was generalized to all students and then extended to scholarship holders only in July last year.

Points for international students

Under the future Purchasing Power Act or the Finance Act amendment, inflation is expected to be offset by other measures still under scrutiny.

Regarding scholarships, the circular setting out the eligibility criteria for students for the following academic year was published in March, and is usually published in July. It is already providing new beneficiaries, such as future private contract teachers who have been selected and who are completing an internship during the second year of master’s studies, or those who are enrolled in “Talent Training”. Students from abroad who are more than 3,500 km from their home also use “additional charging points” to cover transport costs, which are considered very high.

The planned purchasing power measures also include the freezing of CROUS rents and food control.

“Real student status”

“Rapid action is also needed in the area of ​​health,” added Guillaume Gellé, number 2 of French universities, the association of university presidents, who estimates that “50% of students are worried at universities and some are very fragile or even depressed.” After all, “we no longer see students in the ranks to go to soup or to grocery stores, you need real student status to study with dignity,” he begs.

“Revision of the scholarship system”

In addition to emergency measures, several student organizations are waiting for the scholarship reform promised by Emmanuel Macron. In her presentation, Sylvie Retailleau mentioned the importance of “genuine recognition of student life in university missions and the Youth Commitment Agreement, which includes a redesign of the scholarship scheme, APL and many other points”.

The first student organization, Fage, is calling for ambitious reform. According to its president Paul Mayaux, “scholarships should no longer work by level” (to combat the threshold effects), they must “tailor assistance such as supplementary health insurance” (to which students have limited access), energy control or so-called payment of scholarships over twelve months instead of ten.

On the side of L’Alternative, the federation of local associations and unions, its national secretary, Naïm Shili, also says she is in favor of a “complete revision of scholarships”, provided it leads to “student incomes” and “gradual increases to the poverty line, even if it means doing it in stages ”.

Trade unions like milk on fire are watching the place that CROUS will be given in the next reform. “It will be a red line,” says the subject’s expert.

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