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Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students at Clayton State University can use their federal and state financial aid, including the HOPE scholarship, for study abroad. It may also be possible to use institutional aid; check with a financial aid officer to see know what type of of aid is available for you.

Students planning to study abroad who are on financial aid should visit the Financial Aid Office early to fill out forms and plan ahead in the use of their yearly distribution of financial aid.

We advise that students refer to their Fall and Spring Financial Aid refunds when paying for their study abroad programs. Summer financial aid reimbursement will be too late to cover your program fees for the Maymester semester. Please schedule an appointment with the Financial Aid for advising in regards to any questions or concerns about your disbursement.

Financial Aid Brochure

Study Abroad Scholarships

To make study abroad a financially feasible opportunity for you, consider scholarship, fundraisers, and save wherever and whenever you can!  Many study abroad programs have established scholarships; always ask the program director of your study abroad program if they can recommend an applicable scholarship(s). Also remember to carefully choose a program within your budget.

Studying abroad -- whether as a Clayton State University student going abroad or as an international student coming to Clayton State -- often requires financial assistance for extra expenses such as travel, accommodations and materials, which can make it a greater financial commitment than if the student were to remain at home. Students who are considering studying abroad should research thoroughly the array of financial assistance loans or other kinds of financial assistance that may be available to help defray some of the costs associated with studying abroad. The following links are just a sampling of some of the many resources that are available to assist students who may desire to pursue studies in a foreign country:

Resource Documents

Scholarship Information Sheet

Scholarship Tips for Students

Funding Study Abroad Brochure


U.S. Student Programs Fulbright Scholarships Award:
Varies but comparable to a Graduate Stipend
Eligibility: must be a U.S. Citizen with at least an undergraduate degree prior to commencement of program. Must be in good academic standing and have undertaken higher education in the U.S. May not have resided in host country for more than six months prior to commencement of program. For more information and to apply please visit: Fulbright Website Keep in mind that the application process may take several months, so you will want to begin the process by the beginning of the summer (a year and a half before you wish to be abroad.)

Boren Undergraduate Study Abroad Scholarships Description:
The David L. Boren National Security Education Program Scholarship (NSEP) is a federally funded study abroad scholarship designed to encourage career-related skills development in preparation for efforts/activities that would lead to opportunities in federal service. Award: Up to $20,000 depending on duration and cost of program
Eligibity: U.S. citizens enrolled in U.S. institutions of higher education wishing to study outside of the U.S. in non-traditional locations (see website) during their undergraduate studies. For more information and to apply, please visit: Boren Awards Website

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Award:
Up to $5,000
Eligibility: Must be an undergraduate, recipient of the Pell Grant, and studying abroad on a program that runs for at least 28 days in a single country during the regular Academic Year, Fall, or Spring term. NEW summer scholarship: For more information visit: Gilman Application or Gilman Scholarship Program
Deadline: Spring and Summer Study Abroad: October 6 / Fall and Academic Year Study Abroad: April 6

Rotary Scholarships Award:
Up to $25,000
Eligibility: must have completed up to 2 years of college-level coursework, or equivalent professional experience
Deadline: up to a year and a half in advance For more information visit: Rotary Scholarships