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Funding Your Program

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Funding Your Program

How much does the program cost? How much can I afford? Can I receive financial aid? When can I apply for funding? What scholarships and grants can I apply for? We recognize that you have questions about funding your program, and we wrote this page to help you navigate those questions.

"How Much Does Education Abroad Cost?"

There is more than one answer to this question because there are many types of programs. As a result, we recommend that you make an advising appointment with someone on our Education Abroad team (located in Center for Global Innovation, third floor) or visit the CSUSB Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships (University Hall 150) during their walk-in advising hours on Mondays through Fridays, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:30 to 4:00 pm.

However, we believe that in many cases studying abroad can be as affordable, if not more affordable, than studying in the U.S.

"How Much Can I Afford?"

While each person's finances vary greatly, we recommend you start by assessing your budget using free online calculators like this one by Yale University: Study Abroad Budget Calculator. Costs for your program may include tuition, fees, housing, travel expenses, passport and visa costs, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses. We also recommend you visit the CSUSB Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships (University Hall 150) to discuss the affordability of your program.

"Can I Receive Financial Aid?"

If you're receiving credit on your program, the short answer is: yes, you can receive financial aid! Remember that "financial aid" includes everything from your federal Pell Grant, California grants, university funds, loans, and more. Many students receive more financial aid during fall and spring terms, and less aid during summer and winter (i.e., January) terms. So we recommend you visit the CSUSB Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships (University Hall 150) to confirm financial aid, review your aid package, and verify with your financial aid advisor what types of aid can be applied to your program.

"When Can I Apply for Funding?"

Typically, you should begin applying for funding between 2 to 6 months before your program departs. There are two application seasons:

  1. If you are studying abroad during the summer, fall, or academic year, you will apply between January and April of that year.
  2. If you are studying abroad in the spring or summer, you will apply in the preceding September through November.

Scholarships and Grants for Credit-Bearing Programs Abroad

In addition to your financial aid package (e.g., Federal Pell Grants, California State Grants), below is a list of CSUSB and external funds provided for students who study in other countries.

CSUSB Funds

CSUSB offers many funds for students in credit-bearing education abroad programs. You can also review this frequently-updated application page of CSUSB grants.
  • Presidential Education Abroad Fund: CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales provides this fund to eligible CSUSB students on education abroad programs.
    • Eligibility: 2.3 GPA minimum and current enrollment in a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate program at CSUSB. Awardees must complete the education abroad program in order to receive the fund.
    • Fund: $500 per student per academic year.
    • Application: None required.
  • ASI Student Research and Travel Award: Associated Students Incorporated (ASI) provides this award to eligible CSUSB students conducting research or traveling. Read more about the award here.
    • Eligibility: 2.5 GPA minimum (undergraduates) or 3.0 GPA minimum (graduates) and current enrollment at CSUSB. Students "may use the funding to conduct research for an independent study, an academic course, honor’s project, or master’s thesis project, to present at a conference or attend a conference." Awardees are required to present at the annual campus symposium "Meeting of the Minds."
    • Fund: Up to $1,000 per student per academic year.
    • Application: https://csusb.infoready4.com/#homePage
    • Deadline: Monthly, between October and May, due on the 20th of each month.
  • Phi Beta Delta Scholarships: The campus chapter of Phi Beta Delta provides funds for CSUSB students who go on an education abroad program. There are a few funds, like the Dr. Fred Baker & Dr. Rosalie Giacchino-Baker Endowed Study Abroad Scholarship, for students with a 3.2 GPA minimum who study on a year-long CSUIP program.
    • Eligibility: Phi Beta Delta membership (new members must be nominated by an existing member; the annual fee is $60).
    • Fund: Varies.
    • Application: None required. Students receiving the Baker scholarship must be nominated.
  • Summer Assistance Grant (SAG): CSUSB offers the SAG grant to assist with summer fees for students, including students admitted to CSUSB under AB540 also known as California Dream students. 
    • Eligibility: Part- or full-time enrollment in a degree-seeking program during the summer term (part-time enrollment is defined as 6 or more units for undergraduate and Classified Credential students and 4 units or more for graduate students). Early Start and Early Summer Admission students are not eligible.
    • Fund: Varies.
    • Application: Please visit the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships in University Hall 150.
  • Summer Graduate Initiative Grant (GIG): CSUSB offers the GIG grant to assist students who are completing their degree during the summer.
    • Eligibility: Full-time enrollment in the spring term, a completed Grad Check for the summer term, and a minimum 2.0 GPA overall. Students must be able to graduate by the end of the summer term (maximum 9 units).
    • Fund: 100% of tuition costs for up to 9 summer units (students pay all mandatory campus fees).
    • Application: https://csusb.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bk0fj9NQCr74aX3
  • Other funding: Additional funding may also be provided by department deans, the Philanthropic Foundation, donors, or other sources of funding. Please email goabroad@csusb.edu if you have questions about CSUSB funding for credit-bearing education abroad programs.

External Funds

In addition to CSUSB funding, there are many external scholarships and grants for students in education abroad programs. Here is a list of the most common funds.

  • Gilman Scholarship: The U.S. Department of State offers the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in education and internship programs abroad. See the scholarship's YouTube channel for more.
    • Eligibility: Undergraduate U.S. citizen Pell Grant recipients planning to study or intern for a minimum of 3 weeks in a Level 1 or 2 travel advisory country.
    • Fund: Varies between $2,500 and $5,000 (up to $8,000 if you study a “critical need” language like Korean, Chinese, or Japanese).
    • Application: https://gilmanapplication.iie.org/Applicant/
    • Deadline: Early March (for summer, fall, January term, and academic year) and early October (for spring and summer). Summer applicants can apply first in October then again in March if they do not receive funding after their first application.
  • Gilman-Education New Zealand Scholarship: The Gilman-Education New Zealand Scholarship is a prestigious program for high-achieving U.S. students wishing to study in New Zealand. See the scholarship's promotional YouTube video.
    • Eligibility: Undergraduate U.S. citizen Pell Grant recipients planning to study in New Zealand for a minimum of 3 weeks starting between May 1 and April 30.
    • Fund: Varies.
    • Application: https://gilmanapplication.iie.org/Applicant/
    • Deadline: March (for summer, fall, January term, and academic year).
  • Gilman-McCain Scholarship: The Gilman-McCain Scholarship provides awards of $5,000 for child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs.
    • Eligibility: Undergraduate U.S. citizen Title IV funding recipients who are dependent children of an active duty military member(s) during the time of application and are planning to study or intern for a minimum of 3 weeks in a Level 1 or 2 travel advisory country.
    • Fund: $5,000.
    • Application: https://gilmanapplication.iie.org/Applicant/
    • Deadline: Early March (for summer, fall, January term, and academic year) and early October (for spring and summer).
  • Fund for Education Abroad
  • Critical Language Scholarship
  • IIE Freeman-Asia Award
  • Scott's Cheap Flight Scholarship
  • Tortuga Backpacks Award
  • Diversity Abroad Ambassador Scholarship
  • Boren Awards
  • Fulbright Awards
  • German Academic Exchange Award (DAAD)

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