Don’t let sticker shock get in the way of your chance to study abroad.
With financial aid, good budgeting and a little saving, study abroad can be very affordable. In addition, the returns on your investment, broadened horizons, friends from across the globe and new cross-cultural skills, will prove invaluable for decades to come.
Financial Aid Resources
Are you a Marquette student and need More Help? Office of Student Financial Aid can help you understand the impact studying abroad will have on your aid package and verify that you have done everything you need to have your aid reinstated upon your return to Marquette. Any questions about financial aid can be referred to:
Office of Student Financial Aid, Marquette
Apply for a National Scholarship
- Go! Overseas offers $1,000 scholarships for students planning to study abroad in any program. The deadline for applications is Jan. 15.
- The Fund for Education Abroad offers scholarships for U.S. citizens interested in studying abroad.
- Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society offers 45 $1,000 scholarships for high-achieving students to study abroad.
A number of schools have scholarships specifically for study-abroad programs. Among them:
- Iowa State University Liberal Arts and Sciences Study Abroad Scholarships
- University of Texas at Austin
- Michigan State University
- University of Kansas
- University of Minnesota
- Northern Michigan University
Other Funding Sources
Local, regional and national groups sometimes provide scholarships for independent study projects or study-abroad programs. These include:
- Heritage groups that have interests in specific countries (e.g. National Italian American Foundation)
- Civic groups (Rotary, Kiwanis, and Lions Clubs)
- Agencies and foundations
- Professional and business clubs
- Sororities and fraternities (local and national chapters)
- Charitable, ethnic, religious and campus organizations
Some students have also had luck applying directly to a relative, friend or other private donor.
Write a letter to the group or individual specifying how you intend to spend the funds (airfare, program fee, tuition, personal travel, etc.) and what you hope to gain from the program. In exchange for the financial support, you should pledge to give something back, such as regular updates while you are abroad or making a presentation about your experiences when you return.
Other Fundraising Ideas Include:
- Requesting financial gifts or loans instead of holiday, birthday or graduation gifts
- Finding out if your parents’ employers or your employer have a scholarship program
- Asking family members to donate frequent flyer miles