Financial Aid & Scholarships
An international experience during your college years is an investment in your future. The eye-opening experiences you will be exposed to and the long-term benefits you will gain make it well worth any extra cost.
Planning ahead and saving your money should be your first step. Start early to identify sources of financial assistance. Don't wait until you've been accepted, or even until you've chosen a program. Know what's available now.
Keep in mind that affordable opportunities do exist for studying abroad. Financial aid may apply to most programs and scholarships are available. Do not be discouraged. Review the financial aid/scholarship information and speak to the study abroad coordinator to review affordable possibilities.
If you qualify for financial aid (federal aid, grants, loans, scholarships, etc.) through SUNY Cobleskill, you can transfer that aid to an approved study abroad program in most cases. If you are currently receiving aid, you should apply for renewal of financial aid just as you would if you were staying on campus.
The study abroad coordinator can help you create a budget for your particular study abroad program. This budget will serve as the basis for determining your financial need with the Financial Aid Office for the term abroad. If the expense budget is higher than expenses at SUNY Cobleskill, you may request additional funds, in the form of loans, to cover the excess expense, or apply a larger portion of your financial aid toward the abroad term. Some restrictions do apply, so discuss financial aid with the study abroad coordinator early in your planning.
Learn more about financial aid opportunities through Diversity Abroad's Study Abroad Financial Aid Center. >
In addition to the financial aid that will apply toward study abroad, many scholarships, grants, and awards exist to assist with costs. It is imperative that you begin the process of searching for scholarships early in your planning process. Some programs even offer their own grants and awards, so be sure to ask your program representative early in the process.
Be cautious of scholarship scams that ask for money or personal information upfront. A legitimate program will not do this. If you are unsure about the integrity of a program, ask the study abroad coordinator about it.
- Diversity Abroad - Financial Aid Resources for Study Abroad Great resource for information on grants, scholarships, and loans plus much more."You Can Afford to Study Abroad" PDF Brochure
Institute for International Education
This comprehensive directory features detailed descriptions of hundreds of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, grants, and paid internships for U.S. undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students, and professionals.
Search study abroad scholarships and resources by country, program type, or subject.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving a Federal Pell Grant to participate in study abroad programs worldwide
Awards up to $20,000 are focused on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. national security, broadly defined, and underrepresented in study abroad.
Fund for Education Abroad
Awards up to $5,000. The FEA also offers a Rainbow Scholarship for LGBT students.
Japan - Bridging Scholarships
The Bridging Scholarship program will award scholarships to American students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study and attending any recognized exchange or independent program in Japan are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Recipients of Bridging Scholarships will receive stipends of $2,500 or $4,000, depending on the length of their study program in Japan.
Scholarships are offered by the Australian Government, education institutions, and a number of other organisations. This search engine provides a list of all scholarships supplied by Australian-based organisations, institutions, and government bodies to international students studying or planning to study in Australia on a student visa.
Latin America - LIV Fund
LIVFund has been designed for anyone interested in studying, interning and volunteering in Latin America and who would like to offset program or living abroad costs. LIVFund awards 24 scholarships annually and accepts applications from candidates coming to Latin America to work, intern or volunteer independently or through an organized program for any length of time.