Funding your program

With personal funding, your on-campus financial aid package and study abroad scholarships, studying abroad can be affordable! Begin the process by attending one of the following workshops to learn which study abroad scholarships you are eligible for and how to make your scholarship application competitive, as well as how your loans and grants can apply to study abroad costs. Take time to peruse the full list of available scholarships and see the FAQs to find the answers to your burning questions, including this year's scholarship essay question.

Study Abroad Financial Aid & Scholarship Workshops:

  • September 1 and 2, 2015, 3:00-4:30 pm, Curris Center Ohio Room
  • October 6 and 7, 2015, 3:00-4:30pm, Curris Center Ohio Room
  • January 19 and 20, 2016, 3:00-4:30pm, Curris Center Ohio Room

 For a step-by-step guide to working with offices on campus for study abroad funding, please click here.

Financial Aid Days

Come sit down with a Financial Aid and/or Scholarship Officer to talk about how you can afford your study abroad program.  This is the perfect way to complete those budget sheets that you need for your program application!

  • September 3, 2015, 8am-4:30pm, Woods Hall Lobby A
  • October 8, 2015, 8am-4:30pm, Woods Hall Lobby A
  • January 21, 2016, 8am-4:30pm, Woods Hall Lobby A

Study Abroad Scholarships

Scholarships are open to all full-time students on any approved study abroad program

It is highly unlikely that a single source of funding will pay for an entire international experience.  Study abroad scholarships can supplement your existing strategies for funding your study abroad, but you should not count on receiving the full cost for your program through study abroad scholarships. 

Remember: You must complete a program application before you are eligible to complete a scholarship application. Your application to your program does NOT have to be approved before submitting your scholarship application.  The scholarship deadline and application deadline are on the same day. 

Contact the Scholarship Office at for more information on using your existing aid for study abroad.

Study Abroad Application and Scholarship Deadlines 2014-2015

  • Winter 2015-16: September 11, 2015
  • Spring 2016, Spring Break 2016: October 16, 2015
  • Summer 2016, Fall 2016, Full Year 2016-2017: January 29, 2016

Loans and Grants

Federal financial aid can apply to the cost of study abroad programs. Grants and loans that you currently receive may be used for programs abroad. Contact the MSU Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility or to complete your FAFSA at

You are invited to Financial Aid and Scholarship Days, where Financial Aid and Scholarship officers have dedicated time to discussing financing your study abroad with your existing aid package.  No appointment is needed, just drop by the Financial Aid Office (Sparks Hall) or the Scholarships Office (Curris Center) between 8:00-4:30 on the following days:

  • TBA for 2014-2015

Additional Funding Options

  • You! Every term students are able fund some or all of their experience through hard work and dedication to the idea of studying abroad.  Part time jobs, yard sales, bake sales, babysitting, cutting down on unnecessary spending, and asking for the financial support of family, friends, religious and civic organizations can help answer the question “how can I afford this?”
  • Crowdsourcing. Sites like FundMyTravel help you reach a wider audience through social media and accept donations online from friends and family.
  • Tuition waivers and other benefits. If you receive KEES money, veteran’s benefits, university tuition waivers or other sources of funding to pay for your MSU education, you may be able to apply those benefits to studying abroad. See the Scholarship Office or Veteran's Affairs for help.

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