Financing study abroad requires advance planning, persistence and resourcefulness. Below are examples of financial aid options, and information about their sources.
You may be eligible for Direct Aid from Study Abroad Programs Groups that offer study abroad programs. You must inquire about aid when you apply for admission to the program. Almost every application form asks if you wish to apply for financial aid. To be eligible you need to have filed a FAFSA form.
U.S. Federal Government Scholarships for study abroad
The federal government offers two scholarships for undergraduates:
- Gilman scholarships are designed for students who are normally underrepresented in study abroad. Successful applicants can be science majors or minority students who normally would not choose the study abroad option during their undergraduate years. Applications are taken online, and funds are awarded twice a year. Applicants must qualify for PELL grants.
- The Boren Scholarship is given by the National Security Education Program (NSEP.) The NSEP Scholarship program is awarded through a national merit-based process, and funds study in emerging nations. Preference is given to students who will study abroad for one full semester or longer.
Other Options for Study Abroad
The dream of studying abroad can be realized by a modest adjustment in your financial aid package. If you are unable to secure a scholarship for study abroad, consider a loan.
Contact the Financial Planning Office to learn about your financial options. You can also search for available external scholarships. You may also receive support from your family and your hometown. Some churches and civic groups grant scholarships. The key is planning in advance. Saving a portion of your earnings from summer jobs or the cash gifts you receive for holidays and your birthday might help pay some of your expenses.