Cost & Funding
Studying abroad is an investment. Depending on the program and location, the cost can be less or more than an average semester at Vanguard. The GEO office is committed to helping you, including finding alternative funding methods. As a part of the process, GEO staff will walk you through the detailed budget so you know exactly how much the program will cost. See below for more information on scholarship and finanancial aid options.
Costs for studying abroad vary based on location, program, length and a variety of other factors. To help determine a more accurate total cost for the program you may be considering, we've developed a budgeting worksheet that can serve as a guide.
Federal and state financial aid can only be received for study abroad programs approved by the US Department of Education to participate in Federal Student Aid (FSA) Programs.
The types of aid you can and cannot use to assist with study abroad tuition are listed below. For more information about study abroad, contact Global Education & Outreach.
|Type of Aid Use for Study Abroad|
|Federal Pell Grant||Yes|
|Cal Grant A/B||Yes|
|Vanguard Academic Scholarships||No|
|Vanguard Need Grant or Vanguard Grant||No|
|Athletic, Music or Musical Theatre Scholarships||No|
|Assemblies of God Scholarships or Church Grants||No|
|Any Vanguard Scholarships and Grants||No|
|PLUS/ Private Loans||Yes|
|Federal Work Study/ Vanguard Work||No|
|Tuition Remission/ Exchange||No|
For further details about your specific financial aid situation, we advise you to speak with the Financial Aid Office.
There are several scholarships that are available to students desiring to study abroad, a few of which are listed below. In addition, check with your program to see if there are any internal scholarships for merit or need available.
- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
- Diversity Abroad Scholarships
- Black Excel
- Generation Study Abroad
- Go! Overseas Study Abroad Scholarship
- Boren Scholarship (National Security Education Program)
- College Board Scholarship Search
This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant. The program will provide scholarships for American students to pursue overseas study for college credit and aims to diversify the kinds of students who study, supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. The Gilman Scholarship Program accepts applications two times per year.
Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants will be made available for U.S. students from a broad range of backgrounds to make it possible for them to participate in academic, internship or service-learning experiences abroad. The scholarship program is intended to diversify study abroad and to encourage students to go abroad who would otherwise not participate in an international experience as part of their college education, especially in support of high-achieving, low-income students.
The NSEP focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Boren Scholarships for undergraduate students, provide up to $20,000 for an academic year to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. These countries include Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.