Financial Aid & Scholarship Information
The biggest question students have about financial aid is does it apply to study abroad. The answer is yes, but with stipulations. It depends largely on the cost of your study abroad program, the number of credits you plan to take, your financial need, and your eligibility for third party funding. For more detailed information, please check with the Study Abroad Office or your Financial Aid Advisor.
Sources for funding study abroad opportunitiesÂ include Federal Aid (FPELL), Federal Direct Student Loans and scholarships, New York State Aid (TAP) and scholarships. Â Affiliated programs such as CIEE, IES, SIT, etc. also offer a wide-range of study abroad programs.
Federal Aid (FPELL) and Federal Direct Student Loans are the most commonly used forms of aid used for study abroad.Â FPELL will beÂ prorated based on the number of credits the student is taking. To qualify for a Federal Direct Student Loan students must be registered for a minimum of six (6) credits. Federal PELL FREE applications are available online at: www.fafsa.ed.gov and should be filled out the first week or two in January of every year.
To receive TAP students must be enrolled full-time and at least twelve (12) of their credits must be contributory to the program of study.Â Tuition will be paid directly to the college.
You must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your eligibility for Federal and state financial aid. The form can be accessed online at www.fafsa.gov. Once you have filed, it is important that you visit your Financial Aid Office for questions concerning your awards or any adjustments that you may need to verify your status.
Many other agencies have scholarship money available. Please check with you local community organizations for possible funding opportunities.
Study Abroad ScholarshipsÂ
The Chancellorâ€™s Global Scholarship is offered twice annually, with rounds for winter inter-session and spring semester as well as for summer and fall semester study abroad funding. The scholarship provides partial funding on a competitive basis to all CUNY students.Â Learn more >>>
The U.S. Department of Stateâ€™s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic competitiveness.Â The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.Â Learn more >>>
The Boren Awards may be perfect for you. Boren Scholarships allow U.S. Undergraduate Students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests but underrepresented in study abroad.Â The program focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Â Â Preference is also given to students who will study abroad for longer periods of time, and who are highly motivated by the opportunity to work in the federal government. In exchange for scholarship funding, all Boren Scholars must agree to the NSEP Service Requirement.Â Learn More >>>
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American student enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. Â CLS Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S, Government. It is supported in its implementation by American Councils for International Education. Â Critical Languages Scholarships are offered for beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of: Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese and Russian.Â Learn more >>>
DAAD offers a wide range of scholarships to graduating seniors and recent graduates in all academic fields who wish to study and research in Germany.Â Learn more >>>
NASFA provides a comprehensive list of organization and institutions who provide scholarships and grants that are targeted to specific student populations (underrepresented student groups; African Americans; Asian Americans; Latino/Latina Americans; Native Americans; student with disabilities; gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered student.Â Learn more >>>
The following list is a sampling of searchable databases with information and resources on multiple scholarships and grants.
Scholarships.com â€“ 3.7 Million College Scholarships & Grants
Black Excel â€“ One of the largest scholarship and resource databases for Africa Americans students.
Freeman-Asia Scholarships â€“ Freeman Awards for Study in Asia provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate student with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.
Create a fundraising account to help you go abroad. This has become a popular way to raise funding to meet your study abroad financial goals.