Student life

All students must register in order to attend classes. Students with incomplete dossiers will not be allowed to attend.

School registration

School fees and deposit

The registration fee is set at €150 per year for the DNSP 2, DNSP 3 and PIU years.
School fees are €100 for DNSP 2 and DNSP 3.
For DNSP 2 only there is a €150 deposit.

These fees must be paid in cash or by cheque made out to the Cnac. The deposit cheque will be cashed and then reimbursed at the end of the course, after the deduction of any expenses incurred by voluntary damage to the equipment by the student, the non-return of equipment/CDs/DVDs borrowed, or an absence from an obligatory cultural outing.


- civil liability insurance (contact an insurance company)
- photocopy of your social security certificate and Carte Vitale
- photocopy of your identity card (recto-verso)
- photocopy of your passport
- bank account or post office bank account details
- photocopy of your official family record book
- for French nationals: two birth certificates
- for international students: photocopy of your visa, two copies of your birth certificate translated into French, a copy of your national service document.

Forms to be completed and signed

- "accepted for admission" form;
- certificate confirming that you are aware of the Cnac internal regulations, the general regulations of the joint Enacr/Cnac study programme, the specific safety instructions and work instructions. These three documents are sent by email;
- the application for CMU (universal health care) health insurance with all necessary documentation (see explanation in the social security and health insurance section).

Social security and health insurance

Signing up for basic social security

Students are obliged to sign up for student social security. At the beginning of the school year, students must choose between LMDE and MGEL and specify this at the time of registration.
Students must pay to sign up at the beginning of the year. The amount of the contributions is published at the beginning of each school year. Students who receive financial aid are exempt from these payments.

Additional private health insurance

All students must take out individual private health insurance.

CMU-C (additional universal health care)

The CMU-C is based on social criteria and covers additional health care expenses (including in hospital) not covered by the social security regime. Health expenses are therefore covered 100 % at social security rates. Moreover, the CMU-C includes flat rates for dental cover, optical, hearing etc. To provide easier access to treatment, health care is not paid directly. There is an advance dispensation of costs.

Services covered

Students may consult any health professional (Doctor's surgery, hospital or clinic). Charges exceeding the statutory fees will not be covered except in particular cases. In the case of hospitalization, the daily flat rate is covered for an unlimited stay. The CMU-C also covers prescriptions for medication, medical exams etc.

Social rates

Thanks to the CMU-C, it is also possible to benefit from reduced gas and electricity bills as well as travel cards. To find out more, click here:

How to apply

Every student fills in an application for additional CMU cover (free additional health insurance). The request is sent to the Marne CPAM (health insurance offices) by the studies department.

There are two possible outcomes:
- the Cpam accepts the request: no additional cost to the student,
- the Cpam refuses the request: the student must subscribe to the private insurance policy of their choice (LMDE – all treatment option) or that of their parents.

Eligibility conditions

1- Students must be living in France on a regular basis, either as a French national or on a visa, or having begun the visa application process.

2- Students must have lived in metropolitan France for a continuous period of at least three months.

3- Students must have income below a certain limit over the past twelve months. The limit is €8,465. If this limit is passed, financial aid for additional health care may be available (Aid for Additional Health Care – ACS) To find out more, click here:

To download CMU-C application forms click here:

Living costs

The figures given below are approximate. They are based on the habits and experiences of former students in order to provide an idea of the minimum amount necessary to follow the entire programme.

Accommodation and accommodation aid

The Cnac does not provide student accommodation. Students mostly choose flat-shares. They organize this themselves and exchange available apartments. Students should plan to budget between €250 and €500 euros per month for a flat-share.
Private owners also offer limited space on a caravan site.

It is possible to receive housing aid (APL or ALS), for which students need to apply to the CAF (Family allowance office) at 64, rue Léon Bourgeois in Châlons-en-Champagne.

To help find accommodation, we recommend that students contact the following local estate agents and social landlords:

Renaissance Immobilière Châlonnaise (RIC)
55, boulevard Hippolyte Faure - 51005 Châlons-en-Champagne Cedex
Tel. +33 (0)3 26 68 37 11

Châlons en Champagne Habitat
7, Cours d’Ormesson - 51008 Châlons-en-Champagne
Tel. +33 (0)3 26 68 68 68

Plurial l’Effort Rémois
5, quai Barbat - 51000 Châlons-en-Champagne
Tel. +33 (0)3 26 70 18 23

Living and eating

Students should plan on a €100 per month food budget, taking into consideration the possibility of pooling resources in flat-shares.

The Cnac provides lunch for every student from Monday to Friday during term time. Lunch is served at the university restaurant Châlons from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm only
Food is not available at other times.

We recommend bicycles for getting around easily.
Bicycles can be rented for 3, 10 or 12 months at the SITAC.
To make an appointment call: Allô Sitac Tel. +33 (0)3 26 69 59 00.

Studying in France
Most international students do not speak perfect French. We strongly recommend learning French before you arrive at the Cnac.
In order to help students integrate more quickly, the Cnac provides a French course for first year students. An evaluation is held at the beginning of the school year to place students. The DELF exam (Diploma in the study of French language) can be taken by students who follow the French course.

Student grants

Students may apply for two types of grant based on social criteria, as follows:

Scholarships based on social criteria from the student's social file (DSE)

Students may apply for scholarships at the Crous de Reims website: click here:
The application must be filed before taking the Cnac entrance exam (before the end of April), using the DSE online, which allows you to make 4 different applications to 4 different academies. Each student may only present one dossier, even if they are applying for entrance to several establishments, or are requesting several types of financial aid, regardless of the academy.

Scholarships not based on the DSE (national fund for urgent aid, or FNAU)

Students in difficulty may apply for this type of individual financial aid in the following situations:
- family separation from their parents,
- established independence (if the student can show their own tax return, without receiving financial support from their parents, a rental contract in their name and regular work with earnings of €3,000 during the 12 months preceding the application),
- mature students going back into education beyond the age limit for receiving a higher education grant based on social criteria.

There are two types of emergency aid available depending on your situation:
- occasional financial aid for students who encounter serious financial difficulties at a certain point in time,
- annual financial aid for students who encounter on-going financial difficulties and who do not receive a grant based on social criteria.

Detailed information on grants (520 kb)

If you are experiencing difficulties with your grant application, please contact:
La Maison des étudiants
13, rue Saint Dominique - 51000 Châlons en Champagne - Tel. +33 (0)3 26 26 32 14