Financial Aid

We encourage all families to consider an education from the Lycée Français de New York regardless of their financial situation, as we are committed to providing financial support to families with demonstrated financial need.
The Lycée sets aside dedicated funds each year for its financial assistance program, funded in part by its endowment and donors. In fact, over the last five years, the Lycée has grown its financial aid from $1.7 million in 2012 to just under $5.0 million in 2020, or 200%! It's only the beginning.

Lycée financial assistance is available to students of all nationalities. Financial aid from the French Government is also available for French applicants (scroll down to “French Government Financial Aid” for more information). Applications for the Lycée's Financial Aid must be filled out and submitted every year.

Please note that the process below pertains only to new applicants. For returning Lycée families who have applied for Financial Aid, please visit MyLycée on January 31st for information on how to apply. 

Do you have questions about Financial Aid, the application process or the timeline? Watch this recorded webinar. 

Lycée Financial Aid

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  • Important Deadlines for New Applicants

    • For Preschool: Non-French families new to the Lycée Français de New York apply for Financial Aid between October 14 and December 15. 
    • For Grades 1-12: Apply for Lycée Financial Aid and Admissions at the same time.
    (Current families applying for Financial Aid for the following year may visit MyLycée starting January 31st)

    Our Financial Aid is assessed by SMART AID, an independent assessment service. In order to be considered for financial assistance from the school, each family must submit a complete SMART AID application and a letter explaining the need for financial assistance. To access the SMART AID electronic application for the current year, please click here. To access the SMART AID electronic application for the following school year, please apply during the designated timeframe. If you are French, you must also apply for French Government Financial Aid as soon as possible (within the French Government deadlines).
  • Documents Needed when Applying

    Here are the documents that you may need when you apply:
    • Most recent tax-related information, such as tax returns with all schedules, latest W-2 forms, and 1099s.
    • Special tax schedules (for business owners).
    • Bank / financial statements.
    • Rental / mortgage information.
    • Estimates of additional expenses / income (loans, child support, governmental assistance).
    • Documents proving non-taxable income.
    • Foreign Income Conversion Form
    Assistance from SMART AID is available by phone at (800) 360-8027 or by chat
  • What happens once you have applied?

    • Once the application is submitted, SMART AID reviews it and will contact parents who have submitted incomplete or unclear applications.
    • The information is analyzed using formulas developed to calculate need, based on a moderate standard of living for the geographic area of the applicant.
    • SMART AID can take between 4 to 8 weeks to provide the Lycée with a comprehensive report for each applicant. We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible.
    • The school’s Financial Aid committee then carefully reviews each application, inviting families for an interview as needed, to determine eligibility of financial assistance.
    • The school will communicate awards in conjunction with Admissions and Financial Aid committee meetings.

French Government Financial Aid

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  • Important Deadlines

    • For all Grades: Apply for French Government financial aid by the applicable deadlines located on the French Consulate Financial Aid Website.
    • For Preschool: French families new to the Lycée apply for Lycée Aid between October 14 and March 6.
    • (Current applying for Financial Aid for the following year may visit MyLycée starting January 31st)
    • For Grades 1-12: Must apply for Lycée Financial Aid and Admissions at the same time.
  • Step One: Visit the French Consulate Website

    Your child may be eligible for financial aid from the Agence pour l’Enseignement Français à l’Étranger (AEFE) if your child meets the criteria below:
    • has French nationality;
    • is registered with the French Consulate in New York.
    Click here to view a FAQ on Financial Aid from the AEFE.
  • Step Two: Complete your application and schedule an appointment

    Visit the French Government Website to access financial aid application information. Complete your application and request an in-person appointment with the Consulate (within the applicable deadline) for in-person submission of your completed application. The consulate will not accept applications and documents sent electronically.
  • Step Three: Apply for Lycée Financial Aid

    Please note that French families should apply for French Government and Lycée Financial Aid at the same time, and both applications must be completed in full for consideration. The Lycée Financial Aid Committee will not evaluate your application until a formal response to your complete application - either an award or a rejection - is issued by the French Consulate.

    Scroll up to the “Lycée Financial Aid” section to view the steps to apply for Lycée Financial Aid.
  • Step Four: Submit Consulate Decision Letter to Lycée

    Each family having applied will receive a letter from the French Government stating either the amount of aid to be provided by the French Government or the reason for rejection. Such letter must be provided to the Lycée in addition to the package submitted to SMART AID in order to become eligible for Lycée financial aid.

Financial Aid FAQ

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