Financial Aid

Monthly aids

Audiences:  UNIGE HESGE

Our service offers monthly financial aid to UNIGE and HES-SO Geneva students whose income is insufficient for them to carry out their studies in decent and suitable conditions.


Monthly aid from The UNIGE and HES-SO Geneva

The University of Geneva and HES-SO Geneva offer monthly aid thanks to their dedicated funds which are managed by the Financial Aid Service.

In order to be eligible for this monthly aid, students must:

  • Be registered at the UNIGE or HES-SO Geneva in a first Bachelor or Master program.
  • Have successfully completed at least one year of studies at a recognized Swiss university in the same course of study.
  • Not be eligible for a cantonal grant in the sense of the LBPE. If you are eligible, make sure you submit your applications with your canton as well as our service at the same time to respect both deadlines.

All criteria are detailed in the Directive (in French), which is the authoritative document.


Students who do not fulfill the conditions for monthly aid from our service may be eligible for monthly aid from a private foundation.

For both types of monthly aid, it is important for students to submit their application within the deadlines detailed below.


Autumn semester: from August 1 to September 30

Spring semester: from January 15 to February 28


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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS - Private foundations

Our service collaborates with several foundations and entities to help students in financial difficulty. We are therefore able to send students' applications to these foundations when they do not fulfill our criteria. Since the COVID pandemic, we have been able to count on the unprecedented generosity of the following entities, and we wish to extend our sincere thanks. Thanks to their contributions, we have been able to improve the situations of students whose lives have been most impacted by the uncertainties of life, well beyond the pandemic which we have experienced:

The Fondation Hélène et Victor Barbour, the Fondation Vahabzadeh, the Fondation Zdenek et Michaela Bakala, the Fonds Général of the University of Geneva, the Fondation Ernest Boninchi, the Etat de Genève, the Fondation Philantropia (Bourse Mémorial Marc Birkigt and Bourse Hussenstein), the Fondation Albatros, the Alumni Association of the University of Geneva, the Rotary Club - Palais Wilson, ltheRotary Club - Commission Jeunesse et Bourses, Carigest SA, the Fondation Didier et Martine Primat, the Association Philanthropique des français de Suisse, the Fondation Ernst et Lucie Schmidheiny, the Fondation Empiris Itoux, the Fondation du groupe Pictet, l'Association GVA2, the Association Genève Asie, the Fonds Maurice Chalumeau, and many others whose names cannot be divulged.


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