CORONAVIRUS – The Minister of Higher Education, Frédérique Vidal, announced this Thursday, March 19, that she had taken “immediate measures” to support students facing the coronavirus epidemic, such as the cancellation of April rents or the preservation jobs in university residences.
Some students were unable to reach their families' homes as requested, the minister said in a statement. The university residences managed by the Regional Centers for University Works (CROUS) remain open to accommodate them.
In order not to penalize those who have left their accommodation in a university residence, “the contractual notice of one month will not be enforceable in these circumstances”, and “no rent will be charged to them for the month of April” , assures the Minister in a press release.
They are also guaranteed, once the containment measures are lifted, to "benefit from one of these dwellings again".
The situation of students employed in their establishment as temporary temporary agent will be "also preserved and the contracts are intended to be, as far as possible, maintained throughout the period of confinement". This concerns in particular nearly 20,000 doctoral students and several tens of thousands of other students.
Students employed in companies will be able to benefit from the partial unemployment scheme implemented by the Ministry of Labor.
Measures for scholarship holders and Erasmus +
The Minister also undertakes that the contribution of student life and campus, due each year by students, “can as soon as possible finance essential vouchers for students who need it most ”.
Scholarship holders will retain their scholarship entitlement even if they have exhausted them, the statement said.
French students engaged in an Erasmus + program abroad will also be able to "keep their scholarship throughout their stay abroad until their return to France".
The minister said that the interruption of the study trip "will not penalize any student once returned to France".
All contests scheduled until April 5 have already been canceled. "Their reprogramming will be done as soon as possible according to the evolution of the situation," according to the press release.
For those planned after April 5, "suitable solutions will be defined on the basis of an in-depth instruction" and the methods chosen "brought to the attention of candidates on a dedicated web page," said the minister.
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