The government is setting up an emergency number for students in a very precarious situation

The government is setting up an emergency number for students in a very precarious situation

The 0 806 000 278 has been operational since 9 a.m. this Friday, January 10. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Le Crous de Lyon where a student attempted to set himself on fire in November 2019 (ROLLAND QUADRINI / MAXPPP)

Promised last November by the Minister of Higher Education, Frédérique Vidal, after a 22-year-old student tried to set himself on fire in front of the Crous de Lyon (Rhône), the emergency number for students in a very precarious situation was launched Friday January 10 at 9 am, indicates the ministry in a press release that franceinfo has obtained. It is 0 806 000 278.

Inform and support

This number will be open to students from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, at the cost of a local call, not surcharged. “This telephone number is intended to inform students about grants and aid coming under the ministry (purpose, reason for allocation, timetables, specific reception arrangements, etc.) and to support them towards social services, in the objective of facilitating the procedures to quickly obtain emergency financial support ”, indicates the press release of the Ministry of Higher Education.

Launch of an emergency number for students in great precariousness, January 10, 2020 (MINISTRY OF HIGHER EDUCATION)

On Friday, November 8, a 22-year-old student from Saint-Etienne tried to end his life by setting himself on fire in front of the Crous de Lyon, where he was a student. Before spraying himself with gasoline, he had posted a message on social networks in which he mentioned his financial difficulties.

The establishment of this emergency number, which complements two other government measures in favor of students (freeze on rents in university residences and extension of the winter break) should make it possible to better inform students about the support mechanisms existing, while many young people “do not benefit from the assistance to which they are entitled”, indicates the ministry.