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François kindly addresses my concern on the parallel thread...
There is at least one good thing about the French system. Scholarship is free. So affordability is not the issue.

The real cost of attending les classes preparatoires then les Grandes Ecoles - food, lodging, clothing, transportation, books - is at most identical to universities, and actually, much lower for most schools, as les Grandes Ecoles heavily subsidize their students' keep. Same for some classes preparatoires, which rent very cheap dorm rooms to nearly all students, while places in university dorms are very few and very hard to get.

In some few cases, X, ENS, application schools for les corpsards, students are actually paid.



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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Mar 25th, 2006 at 03:33:43 PM EST
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