Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid

Many students are eligible for financial aid to study abroad. You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To maximize aid eligibility, apply between January 1 and March 2 of the calendar year in which you plan to begin the program abroad.

The total cost for a year overseas depends on a number of factors, including the cost of living in the host country, the local inflation rate, the currency exchange rate, the length of time spent abroad, and each individual's unique spending habits. While studying abroad, you will pay the same kinds of expenses that you pay here in California: rent, food, clothing, transportation, personal expenses, etc. It is important to study the cost requirements for your program very carefully. You must make sure that you understand the realistic costs and that you know where the money is coming from before you go, since you cannot and should not count on working while you are abroad.

Contact the Stanislaus State Financial Aid Office for information on financial aid and scholarships.

Scholarship Opportunities

David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad - National Security Exchange Program (NSEP) –for study in all countries except Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Western Europe.
Eligibility: Preference given for study in areas deemed critical to national security.
Award: $2,500 summer, $4,000 semester, $6,000 - $10,000 academic year
Application deadline: refer to scholarship's website
http://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship

Bridging Scholarship for Study in Japan
Award: 30 awards nationwide of $2,500 - $4,000 for study in Japan
Eligibility: academic excellence and financial need
Application deadline: refer to scholarship’s website
http://www.aatj.org/atj/studyabroad/scholarships.html

CSU International Program Scholarship
Award: $500 per year for students in CSU IP programs
Eligibility: academic excellence and financial need
Application deadline: refer to scholarship’s website
http://www.calstate.edu/ip/prospective-students/financing.shtml

Freeman Scholarship for Study in East and Southeast Asia
Award: $3,000 for summer, $5,000 for semester, $7,000 for academic year programs.
Eligibility: Must have verifiable need for financial assistance.
Application deadline: refer to scholarship’s website
http://www.studyabroadfunding.org/international/Grant-44.html

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Award: $2,000 - $5,000 for study in Germany
Application deadline: refer to scholarship’s website
http://www.daad.org/

Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad
Award: $3,000 - $5,000
Eligibility: must be receiving need-based federal financial aid.
Application Deadline: refer to scholarship’s
http://www.iie.org/en/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Support Grant
Award: 20 awards nationwide of $1,000 each
Eligibility: Minimum GPA of 3.5
Application deadline: refer to scholarship’s website
http://www.phikappaphi.org/Web/Awards/Study_Abroad.html

Elwood W. Swanson Memorial Scholarship
Award: $1,000 for study at Aarhus School of Business, Denmark
Eligibility: academic excellence and financial need
Application deadline: refer to scholarship’s website
http://www.csustan.edu/OIE/

Wang Family Scholarship
For study at National Taiwan University or National Tsinghua University in the Republic of China
Award: Ten $4,000 awards per year in California
Eligibility and deadlines to be announced
http://www.calstate.edu/ip/prospective-students/financing.shtml

Scholarships for students that have or will have a Bachelor's Degree:

Fulbright
http://us.fulbrightonline.org/home.html
Jet Program
http://www.jetprogramme.org/