FAQ

If you do not find the answer to your questions in the FAQ catalogue, you may contact CEDIES directly by using the CONTACT form for financial aid.

Please note that CEDIES will not respond to questions that are covered by the FAQ.

What does financial aid entail?
  •  Financial aid is offered by the Luxembourg government to anyone enrolled on an accredited higher education course offered by an accredited institution and meeting all the criteria.
  • It comprises several grants and a student loan.
  • It is paid in semi-annual instalments (per academic year).
For what types of study programmes may I receive financial aid?

Financial aid may be granted for:

  •  an eligible higher education programme (see 'Eligible study courses’ for more information)
  •  vocational training, provided that you have been authorised by the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth (Ministère de l’Education Nationale, de l’Enfance et de la Jeunesse) to complete your vocational training abroad [apply for this authorisation in writing through the Department of Vocational Training (Service de la Formation Professionnelle; www.men.lu).
I am a Luxembourg resident; what criteria do I need to meet to be eligible for financial aid?

If you are a Luxembourg resident, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  •  you are a Luxembourg national
  •  you are a family member of a Luxembourg national who resides in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
  •  you are a European national (EU + EEA) who is employed or is working in Luxembourg

Please note: Students who are living in Luxembourg mainly for their studies and who do not earn their own monthly income equal to or greater than the social minimum wage for unskilled workers (EUR 2.149,99) are treated as non-resident students. If this applies to you, please refer to the section 'I am a non-resident student; am I eligible for financial aid?'

  •  you are a family member of a European national (EU + EEA) who is a resident of Luxembourg and employed or working in Luxembourg
  •  you have been a resident of  Luxembourg for at least 5 years
  •  you are a political refugee
I am a non-resident student; am I eligible for financial aid?

Yes, you may receive financial aid if you meet one of the following criteria:

You are

  • a Luxembourg national or a national of another EU Member State or a national of a State party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or of the Swiss Confederation, and be employed as a salaried worker (or be self-employed) and carry out your activity in Luxembourg at the time of application for financial aid for higher education; or
  • a beneficiary of an orphan's pension in Luxembourg, a Luxembourg national or a national of another EU Member State or a national of a State party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or of the Swiss Confederation; or
  • the child of a worker who is a Luxembourg national or of a national of another EU Member State, or of a national of a State party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or of the Swiss Confederation. The parent must be financially supporting the student and be employed as a salaried worker (or be self-employed) and carry out their activity in Luxembourg at the time of the student's application for financial aid for higher education, provided that:
    • the parent has been affiliated to the Joint Social Security Centre (Centre commun de la sécurité sociale - CCSS) for a cumulative period of at least 5 years over a reference period of 10 years preceding the application; or
    • the parent has been affiliated to the CCSS for a cumulative period of at least 10 years at the time of the request; or
    • the student has been enrolled for a cumulative period of at least 5 years of study:
      • either in a public or private institution in Luxembourg which provides basic or secondary education or initial vocational training; or
      • at the Schengen-Lycée / Deutsch-Luxemburgisches Schengen-Lyzeum Perl; or
      • in a study programme offered by the University of Luxembourg leading to a Bachelor, Master or Doctorate or to a diploma of specialised studies in medicine; or
      • in an accredited study programme leading to the Advanced Technician's Certificate ; or
      • in an accredited study programme offered by a foreign private higher education institution established in Luxembourg and accredited by the Minister; or

The student has legally resided in Luxembourg for a cumulative period of at least 5 years at the time of the request. The time period within which the person benefited from a pension, an allowance or unemployment benefits paid by the state can be taken into account to calculate the necessary minimum period.


Children in a household where the spouse or partner of the parent meets the aforementioned conditions.

Students who reside in Luxembourg for their studies and whose income does not exceed the minimum social wage for skilled workers will be treated as non-resident students.

As a non-resident student, what do I need to keep in mind before I apply?

Luxembourg state financial aid is a subsistence allowance.

Before you submit your application, you first have to take all the necessary steps in your country of residence to receive financial aid for your studies.

The official response (whether positive or negative) for the current academic year must be included with your financial aid application. The certificates must refer to the relevant academic year and be renewed annually. Certificates mentioning a refusal for administrative reasons will not be accepted.

Without an official response from the competent authorities of your country of residence, you will not be eligible to receive financial aid.

Make sure you do not miss the deadlines for submitting your financial aid application in your country of residence, and please submit your application in Luxembourg as early as possible.

When and how do I submit my application?

Applications for financial aid must be submitted each semester, even if you are enrolled for a full year.

  • between 1 August and 30 November for the winter semester
  • between 1 January and 30 April for the summer semester

Applications received after the deadline will be rejected for late submission.

 

To submit your application, please choose one of the following options:

  •  complete your application online through MyGuichet.lu
  • download the correct form under 'Forms'

 

Applying online through MyGuichet.lu has the following advantages:

  •  You can apply 24/7
  • You save time
  • You can track the status of your application
  • You can get help throughout the process
  • A list of supporting documents is generated according to your situation
  • You have a secure login
  • You save paper.

Feel free to watch the explanatory tutorial on MyGuichet.lu.

What documents do I need to provide

Please visit the “supporting documents” section.

What are the amounts of the different grants and the student loan per academic semester?

Basic grant                                      EUR 1.050

 

Mobility grant                                EUR 1.286

 

Grant based on social criteria   EUR 0 to EUR 1.995

 

Family grant                                   EUR 262

 

Student loan                                  EUR 3,250

 

Enrolment fees                             EUR 0 to EUR 1,850

 
   
   
   
   
   
Can financial aid be combined with other grants?

Financial aid may be combined with:

  •  grants offered within the context of a mobility programme, such as Erasmus+;
  •  merit-based grants/scholarships.

Financial aid may not be combined with:

  • equivalent financial aid that a student is offered in their country of residence (grants and student loans, regional grants, municipal grants, etc.);
  • financial benefits related to student status and received in the student's country of residence (family benefits, financial aid for student housing).
Who is eligible for the basic grant?

The basic grant is automatically awarded to students who are eligible for financial aid. The semi-annual amount consists of EUR 1,050.

 

 

Who is eligible for a mobility grant?

The mobility grant is offered to students who are pursuing their studies outside their country of residence and pay rent in the study country. The semi-annual amount consists of EUR 1,286.

What does the grant based on social criteria depend on?

The grant based on social criteria can consist of a maximum of EUR 1,995 per academic semester.

The amount depends on the total annual taxable income of the household to which the student belongs (“household” includes parents, parent and spouse/partner, student and spouse/partner).

If the student loan has been requested, the difference between the EUR 1,995 maximum grant and the total amount granted is automatically added to the student loan.

If the student loan has been requested without the grant based on social criteria, the entire amount is added to the student loan.

Who is eligible for a family grant?

Family grants are offered to students who belong to a household in which one or more children are eligible for financial aid for higher education.

The family grant amounts to EUR 262 per semester and is paid in a single instalment during the summer semester.  

What are the terms of the student loan?
  • The student loan is optional. Students may receive grants without taking out the student loan.
  • The student loan is not granted automatically, but only at the request of the student.
  • The student loan is composed of a basic loan and, depending on your situation, an additional increase  based on social criteria and tuition fees.
  • The student loan can be taken out at one of the banks contracted with the Luxembourg state (listed below).
  • The student loan is a state-backed loan with a maximum interest rate of 2%.
  • The repayment of the student loan must start no later than 2 years after having finished or stopped studying.
  • The maximum repayment term is 10 years.
Contracted banks:
Are enrolment fees reimbursed?

Enrolment fees are reimbursed up to an amount of EUR 3,700 per academic year, depending on the student's situation and after an annual deduction of EUR 100.

Half of the enrolment fees are added to the basic grant and the other half is added to the student loan if it has been requested. 

Example:

If the enrolment fees are EUR 900:

  • EUR 100 are automatically deducted
  • EUR 400 are added to the grant
  • EUR 400 are added to the student loan

If you have submitted your application for the winter semester and have not yet paid all your enrolment fees, or you do not yet have the proof of payment, please include all the related documents when you submit your application for the summer semester.

If you have submitted your summer semester application and have not yet paid all your enrolment fees, or you do not yet have the proof of payment, please provide us with all the related documents after your application for the summer semester has been processed, by using the 'Request to add enrolment fees' form, which is available under 'Forms'.

I have an income; how does this affect my grant?
  •  Income from a student job or student jobs during school holidays are not considered when calculating the grant based on social criteria. Any other type of income available to the student during the current academic year is added to the total household income and may affect the amount of the grant based on social criteria.
  • If the taxable amount exceeds EUR 2.141,99 per month (social minimum wage), financial aid is only offered as a student loan.
  • If the taxable amount exceeds EUR 7.496,97 per month (3.5 times the social minimum wage), the student is not eligible for financial aid.
For how many years may I receive financial aid?
  • For the first cycle (BTS, associate degree, Bachelor, “licence”, etc.), financial aid may be offered for the official duration of the cycle + 2 'bonus' semesters. The 'bonus' semesters are offered if you change the study programme after the first year of study or if you repeat a year.
  • For the second cycle (Master, postgraduate, etc.), financial aid may be offered for the official duration of the cycle. The term may be extended by 2 semesters if you did not use the 'bonus' semesters during the first cycle.
  • For the third cycle (e.g. Doctorat, PhD), financial aid is offered for 8 semesters.
Can I continue to receive financial aid if I change the study programme or if I repeat a year?

Financial aid may be refused if you do not show any progress in your studies. The main check is carried out after the second year of studies.

To benefit from financial aid for your third year, you must satisfy one of 3 conditions:

  • you have obtained 60 ECTS credits for the academic programme in which you are enrolled;
  • you have obtained 30 ECTS credits if you have changed the study programme no later than the 4th semester of your studies;
  • you have been authorised to enrol as a second-year student and your academic programme does not award ECTS credits.

Please note: If, after 2 years of study, you are still enrolled as a first-year student in a higher education programme, you may not receive any financial aid, regardless of your marks.

I have exceeded the authorised maximum duration; am I eligible for an extension?

Yes, financial aid may be offered to you in the form of a loan for one additional year as part of your first and second cycle studies.

To receive an extension, you must:

  •  be enrolled in the last year of the cycle you aim to complete
I have completed my studies and would like to start another programme. May I receive financial aid again?

Yes, after having completed your study programme, you can enrol in a new programme and may receive financial aid a second time for first- and second cycle studies.

Submitting an incomplete application

If you have submitted an incomplete application, please wait for an official letter from CEDIES requesting the missing documents. You may not add any documents after you submit the form. Any documents sent without a request from CEDIES, will not be processed.

Challenging administrative decisions

If you wish to contest a decision made by the financial aid department, you can file a legal appeal (also known as a contentious appeal) against the decision. This must be done, by means of a lawyer, within 3 months from the notification date of the decision.

Alternatively, you can also file an internal administrative appeal (also known as a non-contentious appeal) within the same time period.

This type of appeal does not require a lawyer. The internal appeal must be submitted in written form by post or email and must be accompanied by supporting documents. The appeal must explain why you are not in agreement with the decision and it furthermore allows you to submit new elements, supporting documents or any other useful information that could lead to a reassessment of the decision.

To ensure that the option of bringing an action before the Administrative Court, by filing a contentious appeal, is not lost in case of a non-contentious appeal (internal appeal) being unsuccessful or dismissed, it is recommended to file the non-contentious appeal before the expiration date (3 months from the notification date of the decision). In fact, if filed within this period, a non-contentious appeal has the particularity that it suspends the deadline for filing an appeal with the Administrative Court. It also sets a new deadline, which starts on the notification date of the decision regarding the non-contentious appeal.

If the non-contentious appeal is unsuccessful or dismissed, you may file a legal appeal within 3 months since the dismissal date of the non-contentious appeal by means of a lawyer.

Alternatively, it is also possible to submit a complaint to the Ombudsman who acts as the mediator between individuals and Luxembourg administrations (www.ombudsman.lu).

Please note that any complaint addressed to the Ombudsman does not suspend the 3-month time limit within which the contentious appeal must be filed.

What measures has the State taken in regard of the pandemic linked to the Coronavirus COVID-19 which has affected my studies?

The exceptional conditions of the pandemic linked to the Coronavirus COVID-19 are likely to hinder the progress of students' studies and the State has put in place measures to counteract the negative effects of this sanitary crisis by:

  • extending the maximum period for one additional semester during which students enrolled in the summer semester of the 2019-2020 academic year in a higher education cycle eligible for state financial aid, can benefit from grants and loans.
  • postponing by one year the monitoring of the progress of students registered for the 2019-2020 academic year in a first cycle of higher studies eligible for financial aid from the State. Students who reorient their studies starting from the academic year 2020-2021, do not benefit from this measure.

The effects of these measures are applied automatically to the students concerned who submit an application for state financial aid within the prescribed time limits.

 

Coordinated laws as of 27 July 2020

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