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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.

Financial Aid

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
Federal SEOG No
Cal Grant A/B Yes
Vanguard Academic ScholarshipVanguard Academic ScholarshipVanguard Academic ScholarshipVVanguard 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
Direct Loans Yes
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

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

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.

Diversity Abroad Scholarships

Diversity Abroad

Scholarship database for minority, low income and First Generation students study abroad.

Black Excel

Black Excel

One of the largest scholarship and resource databases for African American students.

Generation Study Abroad

Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants

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.


Go! Overseas Study Abroad Scholarship

Go! Overseas Study Abroad Scholarship

GO! Overseas scholarships are awarded twice each year based on the creativity and analytical thinking displayed through writing samples and/or video submissions.

Boren Scholarship (National Security Education Program)

Boren Scholarship (National Security Education Program)

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.

College Board Scholarship Search

College Board Scholarship Search

Find scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion.


Fastweb Scholarship Search

Comprehensive scholarship database with opportunity to do targeted search for funding supporting study abroad programs.



Database of scholarships that provide you with matched scholarships and grants available based on the study abroad program you are pursuing.

Study Abroad Programs

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