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Financing Study Abroad
Students who currently receive financial aid – HOPE scholarships, Pell grants, student loans – may draw on those same funds to support their study abroad. Start planning early, since it is not always possible to apply in the spring term for summer aid. Once you think you'd like to apply for a study abroad program, contact the Financial Aid Office. Let them know that you are interested in a study abroad program, what the program fee is and when your fees are due. This will allow them assess what kind of aid you have available to you, based on your costs. Please note that Pell grants are not specifically available for summer. However, you may use spring eligibility for Pell to pay program fees that are due in the spring.
UWG offers scholarships as a way of helping to make foreign study more accessible for students interested in the opportunity. There are two kinds of scholarships you can apply for. All students who are accepted into a UWG Program or approved external program are eligible for UWG Study Abroad Scholarships. These generally range from $300-$800 depending on the length and cost of your program and your financial need. Just submit the brief application form when you fill out your program application. All scholarship recipients will be expected to share their experience in some way once they return -- by submitting photos of your experience, talking to students at the Study Abroad Fair, helping your program director get the word out about the program or writing a short piece for the ISP Facebook page.
UWG has a new program to assist first-time travelers (those who have never been outside of the 48 contiguous states, Alaska and Hawaii). The Wolves Abroad Grant program is a competitive award program that provides a limited number of larger awards for study abroad (ranging from $1500-$5000, depending on the length of your program). Applicants must have at least a 2.75 GPA and will need to submit an essay and two letters of reference. The award is contingent upon your being accepted to the program you've applied to for this academic cycle; students may not transfer an award to a future year. Applications are due Nov. 30, and recipients will be notified by early January.
We can also help students prepare applications for national awards like the Gilman Scholarships, the Boren Awards, the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Awards or the Critical Language Scholarship programs. There are also other regional or local organizations that may provide scholarship funds. There may also be additional scholarship funding available through your academic unit.
Students thinking about applying for scholarships to study abroad can get more information about approaching the process here: Funding Your Study Abroad Experience.pdf
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