Types of Aid
A variety of financial aid options are available at both Sciences Po and Columbia University School of General Studies.
Dual BA Program students are charged the tuition rate of the institution they are currently attending. Similarly, students are awarded financial aid by the institution in which they are enrolled. If eligible, students will receive financial aid directly from Sciences Po for the first two years of the program. And, if eligible, students will receive financial aid directly from the School of General Studies for the second two years of the program.
Years One and Two: Sciences Po
Sciences Po administers financial aid during the first two years of enrollment in the Dual BA Program. Scholarship awards are offered through the Emile Boutmy Scholarship program. Eligible students are first time applicants, from a non-European Union state, whose household does not file taxes within the European Union, and who have been admitted to the undergraduate program.
For more information about scholarships available to students within the European Union, visit the Sciences Po website.
The Emile Boutmy Scholarship is a limited and highly selective scholarship, based on a review of the student’s demonstrated record of excellence and socioeconomic background. Students applying for financial aid as part of their application for admission to the Dual BA Program will receive consideration for the Emile Boutmy Scholarship.
The Emile Boutmy Scholarship can take several different forms, ranging from a tuition grant of €3,000 to €12,300 per year for the two years at Sciences Po.
If a scholarship recipient's results are within the top ten percent of their year group at the end of the first year, the recipient will be eligible for a revision of the amount of the scholarship. If a recipient's academic results are not within the top 50 percent of their year group at the end of the first year, the recipient will forfeit their right to the scholarship for the second year. In addition, students who have been granted a scholarship and decide to defer admission will lose their scholarship.
The Emile Boutmy Scholarship may not be supplemented with other scholarships (e.g., Eiffel scholarship, AEFE scholarship, BGF, etc.).
Students who are not eligible for the Emile Boutmy Scholarship include:
- European Union students, since they may be entitled to sliding-scale tuition rates
- Swiss and Norwegian applicants, since they may be entitled to CROUS scholarships
- Candidates who have dual citizenship, including from a European Union state
Please note: while European Union members are not eligible for Emile Boutmy Scholarship consideration, they must complete the scholarship application process as part of their application for admission in order to be considered for financial aid by the School of General Studies during years three and four of the program.
Starting in 2017, Sciences Po began offering a merit-based scholarship for students in order to help promote and strengthen the cultural connections of the American and French people. Students who wish to apply for the Henri de Castries Scholarship must hold either American or French citizenship to be eligible for this $10,000 scholarship.
Eligibility, Application and Selection Process
- Eligibility: American or French national, admitted to the Dual BA Program Between Columbia University and Sciences Po (entering Sciences Po as a first year student or current 1st year student, going into 2nd year)
- Application: Applicants will submit materials to the US Sciences Po Foundation (firstname.lastname@example.org) including:
- a completed application information form,
- a personal statement describing academic and other interest (1,500 words)
- a personal statement explaining motivation for a dual Franco-American program (1,500 words)
- Selection Committee: the Henri de Castries Scholarship will be awarded by a Selection Committee composed of one executive of Axa, one representative of the US Sciences Po Foundation and one representative of Sciences Po
- Timing: applicants will apply annually by May 1.
For more information on the Henri de Castries Scholarship, please visit the Sciences Po website.
Years Three and Four: Columbia University
The Columbia University School of General Studies administers financial aid during years three and four of enrollment in the Dual BA Program. Students may be eligible to receive scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study. Financial aid may come from GS, federal and/or state governments, or private sources.
- Scholarships and grants: institutional scholarships, outside scholarships, and federal and state grants are forms of aid that do not have to be repaid.
- Loans: federal and private loans are forms of aid that must be repaid.
- Student employment: the Federal Work-Study Program (for those eligible) and the Center for Career Education can assist students in finding part-time employment.
- Aid for international and military students: specific sources of aid are available for international students, and for military veterans and their families.