Financial Aid and Scholarships for International Opportunities
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.
The best study abroad experiences are generally had by those who have saved and planned and dreamed and prepared. You are investing in your future. Study abroad is an experience that you will never regret.
How Can I Afford It?
If you qualify for financial aid (federal aid, grants, loans, scholarships, etc.) through SUNY Cobleskill, in most cases you can transfer that aid to an approved study abroad program. 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.
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. Carefully review the scholarship resources in the Study Abroad Scholarship Resources link above to help identify awards that you and/or your study abroad program are eligible for. In addition, some programs offer their own grants and awards, so be sure to ask your program representative early in the process.