Higher education institutions must register their students with the social security scheme. The payment of social security contributions is compulsory on the day of enrolment for all students under 28 years old (unless exempt). Students receiving grants from the Crous are exempt.
Social security rate for 2015-2016 (compulsory contribution): €215.
Student social security covers you from 1 October to 30 September of the following year.
The student social security system is managed by two payment centres and private health insurance companies that students can chose freely from to manage their social security affairs (compulsory contribution).
Although it is recommended that students take out top-up private health insurance offered by the student health insurance companies (optional contribution), this is not mandatory.
Students in employment are exempt from taking out student social security cover is they can present:
Remember: if the employment contract (fixed-term or permanent) is broken during the year, registration and payment of contributions to the student social security scheme becomes compulsory. Indeed, once the employment contract has ended, employed students lose their social security coverage and revert to the student social security scheme.
If you already have health insurance, you do not need to join the student social security scheme. If the opposite applies, you must register with the French social security scheme.
Registration for the French social security system is compulsory.