Funding your Study Abroad Program
The cost of studying abroad varies by program. Many IPFW students use some sort of financial aid to study abroad. Financial aid is defined as any source of funding for an academic program of study that comes from a source other than you or your parents. This could come in the form of Pell grants, Stafford Loans, Parent PLUS Loans or work study. It could also come in the form of scholarships from a private foundation or public institution. Most students will combine aid from a number of different sources to cover the costs of study abroad.
This website provides links to a number of scholarship, and fellowship resources. Please contact the Office of International Education first discuss financial resources while studying abroad and then with your financial aid advisor.
Students who receive an aid package from federal and state sources may be eligible to apply this aid toward a study abroad program. Support from financial aid varies based on a number of factors such as remaining aid eligibility, program costs, length of stay and type of program. The Office of Financial Aid determines which study abroad programs are approved for financial aid. Please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Financial Aid in Kettler 103 at (260)481-6243.
There are a number of scholarships available for study abroad programs. We provide a short list of links to different scholarship opportunities in the scholarship tab, but we also advise that you visit The Institute of International Education for more study abroad funding information. Follow our Pintrest Scholarship board to find more than 40 different scholarships that are updated regularly.
General Reference Websites
NAFSA Financial Aid & Study Abroad: Basic Facts for Students
Study Abroad.com Visit for more information on scholarships to study overseas.
Institute of International Education (IIE) IIE has developed a website that allows students to search for study abroad funding opportunities by country or subject area.
National Society of Collegiate Scholars The National Society of Collegiate Scholars awards one $25,000 and one $5,000 award each semester for study abroad. Requires that applicants are undergraduates at an accredited college/university.
Michigan State University MSU has compiled a list of study abroad scholarships available to minority students and women.
You could also raise money on your own by asking family and friends to contribute to fundraising goals. Use an online crowd funding site like GoAbroad.com Fund My Travel.
Check out more creative ideas from the University of Kentucky Study Abroad such as selling photos from abroad or writing articles for a local paper.