Federal financial aid (Pell grants, Stafford loans, etc.) is available to students who can demonstrate need. In 2012-2013 the maximum total of subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford loans for juniors was $7,500.
In 2012-2013 a total of $30,500 in direct grants, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 was available to well-qualified students with demonstrated needs. This aid came from funds supported by alumni, alumnae, friends of the Junior Year in France and matching grants from corporations: the R. John Matthew Scholarship Fund, the Robert G. Marshall 25th Anniversary Fund, the Bates Memorial Fund, the Phillip Frost Endowed Scholarship Fund, as well as contributions to the Financial Aid Operating Budget.
The student’s home college will normally process the federal financial aid application. Students should therefore first contact their own financial aid office. Many colleges allow their institutional aid to be applied to the Junior Year in France.
Students who need assistance but cannot get it from their college should request the special information sheet from the Junior Year in France. In order to qualify for direct grants from the Junior Year in France, students should file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a “Renewal” FAFSA as soon as possible after Jan. 1 and send a photocopy to the Junior Year in France.