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Bourses scolaires

Bourses Scolaires is a need-based tuition assistance program administered by the French government for French families residing abroad whose children are registered with the Consulate. This program can cover up to the full tuition based on demonstrated financial need. This program enhances EB’s socio-economic diversity and ensures French-speaking enrollment, benefitting all students.

New and returning families must apply each year to be eligible for aid the following school year. Completed applications for the French Bourses Scolaires for 2020-2021 school year must be received by the French Consulate by the deadline of February 28, 2020. 

Families who move into the area after the deadline should contact EB’s Business Office. Families living outside the Bay Area should contact the Consulate for more information or EB’s Business Office.

Note that to be able to apply your child must be registered with the French Consulate and must be at least 3 years old by December 31 of the year in which the student will enroll (for 2020-21 your child must be 3 years old by December 2020).

Please keep in mind that the timing of Bourses Scolaires is different from the timing of the EB’s admission decision. You must submit a Bourses application to the consulate by the consulate's deadline. Do not wait for EB’s admission decision to apply for Bourses Scolaires.

Follow the four steps below to complete an application for bourses scolaires at EB. Check the consulate's website for the latest information.

1. Fill out Application and Gather Supporting Documents

Note that many supporting documents are required, including completed tax returns (1040 and 540). All Bourses scolaires applicants should begin preparing their applications well in advance of the deadline.

2. Application Review by EB

The consulate requires that all Bourse applications be reviewed by an EB employee for completeness and accuracy prior to the submission deadline. These meetings take place during the months of January and February.

Prospective families and new Bourses applicants: schedule your appointment with Director of Finance Antoine Portales by emailing him at aportales@eb.org. Make sure to write “Bourses / your last name" in the subject line of your email and please propose a few times and dates.

Current families: schedule an appointment to review your Bourse application with an EB employee by clicking the button below:

3. Meeting at the French Consulate

Bourses Scolaires applicants (including returning ones) must also meet with an official at the French Consulate. The meeting must take place before the deadline, and preferably after meeting with Antoine Portales as the application must be finalized for the meeting. Please schedule an appointment by email with Myriam Loury (myriam.loury@diplomatie.gouv.fr) at the Consulate.

Note that Ms. Loury has graciously offered to come to EB to meet with parents on March 2nd, 2020. The number of meetings is limited (16) and are offered on a first come first served basis. Please use this option if going to the Consulate represents an undue burden for you as they would like it to be for families who cannot go to the Consulate within the February 28th deadline. Secure your appointment with Ms. Loury at EB:

Make sure to use the following event: “BOURSES SCOLAIRES 2020-2021, Rendez-vous avec Mme Loury à EB le 2 mars 2020 03/02/2020 Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley above LS reception

If you have a meeting with Ms. Loury on March 2nd, then that date becomes your deadline to give the application. 

Please make sure to have met with Veronique at EB before your meeting with Ms. Loury.  If you did not book your appointment with Veronique please use the same link but choose the event named: “Bourses scolaires 2020-2021 January 13 to February 27, 2020 Lower School Business Office, 2nd Floor, above reception

4. Review by the Commissions des Bourses

EB or parents submit all completed applications to the Consulate in San Francisco. Final decisions are communicated in June or July by the Consulate. If the timing of the final decision has the potential to create issues for a new applicant, please get in touch with EB’s Business Office.


French Consulate Bourses Scolaires page (link is external)

Contact EB's Director of Business and Finance Antoine Portales at aportales@eb.org (link sends e-mail)

Contact the person in charge of Bourses Scolaires at the French Consulate Myriam Loury at myriam.loury@diplomatie.gouv.fr