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Financial Aid and Scholarships


Good news! Your financial aid will apply to most study abroad programs.  Aid eligibility will generally apply as follows:


SPU Faculty-led and Partner Programs

Program fees for these programs are paid to SPU. Financial aid may include federal and state aid (except work study), as well as some SPU institutional aid (see specific programs for details). For SPU Faculty-led programs, a $300 study abroad administrative fee is payable online after approval to confirm placement.

Non-SPU Programs 

Students pay the provider or foreign institution for all tuition and program fees. Students may use their federal and state financial aid (except work study), but do not receive any SPU financial aid or merit scholarships during their period abroad. A $350 study abroad administrative fee will be charged to your SPU account once you are registered for a study abroad program.

Your financial aid is normally applied to your study abroad program, but it is very important for you to check before applying to any program to determine eligibility or to increase the amount of loans you already receive. For questions concerning financial aid eligibility, please contact Student Financial Services or stop by Demaray Hall 10. Non-SPU students should contact the financial aid office at their home school to determine financial aid eligibility.

Study Abroad Scholarships

Looking for more resources to help fund your study abroad? Good news! There are many scholarships offered by outside organizations to students who plan to study abroad. Eligibility requirements vary, so please refer to each scholarship's website for further details. Before you get carried away with your search, make sure you review these helpful scholarships tips.

Scholarship for SPU Faculty-led Programs
SPU has a limited scholarship fund available for students attending SPU Faculty-led programs. Scholarships are competitive and require a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. *Please note: Summer programs are not eligible.

Institute of International Education (IIE)
An excellent database to search for study abroad scholarships.

StudyAbroad.com
Another good scholarship search engine.

GoAbroad.com
Another great scholarship search engine, with tips and resources.

Adventures in Education
Search "Study Abroad" and click through all of the options.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Federally funded study abroad scholarship for students that demonstrate financial need.
Deadlines in October and March for following academic year.

Boren Awards for International Education
Funded by the National Security Education Program for students studying language outside of Western Europe, Australia, or New Zealand. Deadline in February for following academic year.

Explore the World Travel Scholarship
Travel changes you. You change the world. At HI USA we think travel should be as much about making a difference in the world as it is about seeing it, so we’ve created Explore the World Travel Scholarships. Recipients of the scholarship receive $2,000 to help finance their international trip as long as they have an educational or service component to their itinerary. We give to you so you can give back.

Bridging Scholarship
Funded by the US-Japan Bridging Foundation, this scholarship is for undergraduate students who plan to study in Japan. Deadlines in October and April for following academic year.

BUTEX North American Scholarships
A number of scholarships are awarded to students who will study abroad at a Butex member University in the UK.

Diversity Abroad
Scholarships are available for economically disadvantaged students, African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic/Latino, and multiracial/ethnic students.

Foundation for Global Scholars Scholarships
Several categories of scholarships with multiple deadlines per year.

Fund for Education Abroad
A number of scholarships awarded to help defray the costs associated with study abroad.

Glimpse Correspondents Program
For talented writers and/or photographers volunteering or studying outside of the US for 10+ weeks.

Golden Key Study Abroad Scholarship
Several scholarships awarded. Deadlines in July. 

James J. Davis Memorial Scholarship
Applications due in May.

LivFund Scholarship
Two $500 scholarships are awarded each month to students studying, interning, or volunteering in Latin America.