Financial Aid

One-time aid

Audiences:  UNIGE HESGE

The Financial Aid Service offers one-time financial aid to help students experiencing temporary and unexpected financial difficulties, such as a sudden and temporary loss of income or substantial unforeseen expenses that may not be covered by social insurances. One-time financial aids can be granted one time per semester for 1 to 3 months maximum depending on the type of aid.


Types of assistance available

A one-time aid may be granted for the following motives:

  • Loss of employment
  • Food costs
  • Housing expenses
  • Cost of study materials
  • Medical expenses in Switzerland not covered by health insurance


It is important that you submit a complete file, under penalty of refusal (list of compulsory documents to produce for the submission of your request, in French).


Granting conditions

In order to be eligible for a one-time aid, students must:

  • Be registered at the UNIGE or HES-SO Geneva in a first Bachelor or Master program.
  • Demonstrate temporary and unforeseen financial difficulties based on the types of needs listed above.
  • Not have savings and/or a personal wealth allowing to provide for one's needs for the next three months.

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



Autumn semester: from August 1 to December 20

Spring semester: from January 15 to May 31


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