Study abroad would not be possible for many students without financial assistance. Financial aid awards are need-based. Offers are usually a combination of scholarships, grants, and loans.
SFS works closely with your home school to help you fund a program. Even if you don’t receive aid on your home campus, you may be eligible for SFS financial aid! Our financial aid committee compares the total cost of attending your home school with the total cost of attending the SFS program, and if there is a gap between these costs, SFS tries to meet your need. When you submit your SFS Financial Aid Application, you’re automatically considered for more than 12 scholarships, grants, and loans.
The completed Financial Aid Application should be submitted along with your program application. Download the SFS Financial Aid Application here.
Your Financial Aid Application will be reviewed once you have been accepted to an SFS program and the non-refundable Program Commitment Deposit ($500 for semester programs, $250 for summer programs) has been paid.
PART I: To be completed and signed by the student.
PART II: To be completed by the home school financial aid office.
Applications for SFS financial aid are reviewed in batches twice per month, starting on the dates listed below (check which applies to your session). Early submissions are encouraged, as aid is subject to the availability of funds.
Summer Programs: Review begins February 1
Fall Programs: Review begins April 1
Spring Programs: Review begins September 1
Zero-interest loans are made possible through the generosity of the Merck Family Fund. Loans of up to $2,400 are available for semester, summer combined, and Bhutan summer programs. These loans must be repaid within two years of program completion. Loans of up to $1,200 are available for single summer sessions (except Bhutan) and must be repaid within one year of program completion.
This low-interest loan program is designed to assist summer and semester students to bridge the gap between current financial resources and total program cost. This is a loan of up to $3,000 for summer programs, up to $5,000 for summer combined and Bhutan summer programs, and up to $7,500 for semester programs. This loan must be repaid within four years of program completion.
The funding opportunities below are non-SFS scholarship opportunities; they are not administered by SFS. Please apply directly to the organizations and contact them with any questions you may have. The list does not include awards that may be available through your home school, local foundations, and for-profit companies. The links below provide additional details, such as application requirements, specific award amounts, and advice for submitting a strong application.
As you consider these and other funding opportunities, please be cautious of online scholarship scams. Be suspicious of sites or services that charge a fee to locate scholarships or guarantee grants that seem too good to be true.
International Student Loans are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are planning to study abroad through a school-sanctioned study abroad program at either the undergraduate or graduate level, while still attending an approved school within the U.S.
Institute of International Education provides a directory featuring detailed descriptions of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, grants, and paid internships for U.S. undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students, and professionals. Search by Field of Study, Region/Country, a particular scholarship by name, or any keyword.
Diversity Abroad provides resources, including a list of scholarships and grants, available to Asian, Black, Latino and other racially diverse students, as well as first-generation, economically disadvantaged, and students with disabilities.
GoAbroad scholarship advice and search tool provides a traditional search option for scholarships by country and subject.
Fund My Travel provides students a platform to create a profile and raise funds with the help of family and friends.