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Other Ideas to Fund a Program

Other Ideas to Help you Fund Your Study Abroad Experience:

Loans and scholarships aren't the only option for students in need of financial support for studying abroad. Savings from part-time work, donations or sponsorships are also good ways to pay your way without increasing your debt burden. Plus, demonstrating your resourcefulness as you prepare to travel is in itself an important skill that prepares you for the job market you'll encounter when you return.
  • Try contacting community organizations who might be willing to sponsor you in return for a presentation or essay about your experience. Groups that you or your family are active in are a great start, but you might also think about other groups whose work might be related to what you're doing on your trip. 
  • Start a crowdfunding campaign. Crowdfunding campaigns usually last for a limited amount of time, so raising funds depends in part on how you present your story on your page and how effectively you circulate it.  For advice on starting a crowdfunding campaign, check out Jennifer's story.
  • Have a bake sale, run a car wash, host a dinner like Pearse didYou might find that you earn more towards your trip than you thought you could.
  • Birthdays, holidays and other gift-giving occasions -- ask that family and friends gift you cash towards your trip instead of presents.
Use the resources on our website to help you determine a realistic budget for the program you've chosen and to plan your timeline for paying. But don't be overwhelmed by one total number: think of that total as chunks of money that you can get from multiple sources, and then put together a plan to make that happen.

Some other helpful resources: 
The Diversity Abroad website has great resources for students on funding options for study abroad -- and on lots of other topics, including preparing for travel, understanding and adapting to cultural differences abroad and getting the most out of your experience!