How to Finance Your Study Abroad

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Financial Aid Overview

Financial Aid

You may be eligible to apply Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) funds towards your study abroad experience. For additional details please contact the Financial Aid office

Apply for Scholarships

NWTC offers many academic scholarship opportunities. You can find detailed information about these scholarships at Foundation Scholarships

The International Programs Department encourages current NWTC students to apply for the International Programs Study Abroad Grant. Awarded students can anticipate between $200-$500 taken off their study abroad program costs. The grant is competitive and financial need and merit are taken into consideration. The grant application is due the same date as the study abroad application deadline.

Study Abroad Grant Application

National study abroad funding opportunities:

  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
    • Applicants must meet the following requirements:
      • Be a citizen of the United States;
      • Be a student in good standing;
      • Be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or provide proof that he/she will be receiving a Pell Grant during the term of his/her study abroad program or internship;
      • Be in the process of applying to, or accepted for, a study abroad or internship program of at least two weeks, in a single country and eligible for credit from the student’s home institution. Proof of program acceptance is required prior to award disbursement;
      • Be proposing to study in a country not currently under a Travel Warning issued by the United States Department of State* or otherwise determined ineligible for program participation.
  • Study Abroad Funding
  • International Scholarships

Ideas for Creative Fundraising

  • Use electronic resources like Kickstarter and GoFundMe
  • Waive holiday and birthday gifts and request financial gifts or loans instead.
  • Write a creative letter to all your relatives, asking for financial support in exchange for emails or blogs while abroad and a presentation and dinner upon return.
  • Ask friends to join you in raising money by painting, cleaning or washing cars.
  • Organize an event where you and/or some friends solicit donations by providing instruction for a couple of hours (cooking, quilting, yoga, karate, computer skills, dancing, sign language, etc.).
  • Ask your church, synagogue or temple to sponsor a special offering, dinner, or raffle.
  • Find out if your parents' employers have a scholarship program for their children.
  • Find out if your employer will sponsor you or might be willing to make a cash advance to be paid back through payroll deduction.

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Some of the information on this page was adapted from Michigan State University's Office of Study Abroad. 

For more information on study abroad opportunities please contact:

Lacy Frewerd, Study Abroad Coordinator
Phone: 920-498-5451