Financial assistance and waiver UNIL

| Financial assistance from UNIL | University fees waiver


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UNIL has a social fund through which it can help students in need. This financial assistance can take different forms: 

  • Monthly grants, designed to offset a student’s loss of earnings;
  • One-off financial assistance (emergency medical expenses, rent or health insurance arrears, the need to return home following the death of a close relative, funding for a placement associated with your studies, moving out in response to violence in the family home, etc.);
  • Partial waiver of enrolment fees.

Financial assistance from UNIL

The University of Lausanne has a social fund aimed at students who are experiencing one-off or long-term financial difficulties. Financial assistance can be granted in addition to a study grant from the canton, if the grant offered is not enough or if your application is turned down. SASME can also help by offering an advance while you are waiting for a cantonal grant.


Before you apply, please read Rectorate Directive 3.5 to check the eligibility requirements and criteria for being granted financial assistance.


University fees waiver

SASME examines applications for a partial waiver of course enrolment fees (students who are granted a waiver pay CHF 180 per semester instead of CHF 580) and refers them to UNIL’s Social Assistance Committee (Conseil des aides sociales) for a decision, provided the student fulfils the relevant conditions.


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