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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 Janice Balte in the Financial Aid Office, who specifically handles aid for study abroad programs: email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She can help you figure out how to factor your program costs into your financial aid application for the year. 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.
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
Other ideas for funding study abroad:
Check our this great guide from Arizona State University which contains tips for contacting companies who might sponsor your trip, making use of crowdfunding websites or finding ways to reach out to family and friends.