Financing Study Abroad

Many students worry about the cost of study abroad. But with a little time and effort, you can put together a strong package of financial aid, scholarships, and loans. Now is the time to start because many scholarships have early deadlines. This page provides information about financing study abroad, but, most importantly, you should talk with your financial aid advisor and the study abroad office at your college or university.

Financial Aid

You can use most forms of financial aid, including loans and grants, for study abroad. To determine which types of aid you’ll be able to use for your study-abroad program, contact your financial aid officer at your college or university. Be sure you’ve filled out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available online at

Study Abroad Scholarships

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Gilman scholarship provides up to $5,000 for undergraduate students who are citizens of the US in good standing in an accredited college or university and receiving a Federal Pell Grant.

The deadline for the Gilman scholarship is Thursday, March 9, 2023 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. So apply now!

GEO Ambassador Scholarship

The GEO Ambassador scholarship provides $1,000. In the academic year following your return from abroad, you’ll act as an “Ambassador” for GEO, sharing your experiences with others on your home campus, in your community, and beyond.

Your college or university or local community agencies may also offer scholarships specifically for people in your institution or area. Check with your school’s study abroad office to learn about these scholarship opportunities.