Margaux Fodéré, edited by Gauthier Delomez
Parliament voted this week the purchasing power bill, eagerly awaited by the French in this period of rising prices. Among the measures, student grants will be increased by 4%. A welcome help, but still insufficient for students who continue to find themselves in a precarious situation.
Skipping meals to get by is Chloé’s daily life. With 405 euros per month, for the young Parisian scholarship holder, it is not a few extra euros that will get her out of trouble. “4%, for my part, that will be around 16 euros per month. 16 euros per month more, in Paris, what can I do?”, she wonders at the microphone of Europe 1. Like her, many students expected more from the revaluation of scholarships voted this week by Parliament as part of the purchasing power bill.
An increase less than that of inflation
The measure promises a 4% boost to some 750,000 scholarship students, often precarious. But this is considered insufficient in a period when the cost of living continues to rise with inflation. In supermarkets, Chloé sometimes scours the shelves in search of the most affordable packet of pasta. It is therefore difficult for him to be satisfied with this revaluation. “In July, we reached 6% inflation, and four is less than six. In the end, we always lose so much money”, regrets the student.
This anxiety is shared by many students, especially since alongside essential expenses, there are sometimes other costs. This is the case for Lisa-Marie, a scholarship student in a school of architecture who must obtain drawing materials. “It will not be able to completely fill the purchases of the month. Drawing markers, products for painting, it is still a big budget”, she explains. Despite everything, Chloé and Lisa-Marie recognize that this boost is welcome.