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  1. Stud HOW TO FUND YOUR STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCE Cal Poly International CenterHelping Thousands of Cal Poly Students Explore the World “Learn By Going!” studyabroad.calpoly.edu

  2. Study Abroad So many choices, so little time! • 150 programs in 45 countries • Quarter, semester, year-long, and summer • Financial Aid may be available • GE , major or minor classes • Continuous progress toward degree studyabroad.calpoly.edu

  3. How Much Does it Cost to Study Abroad? • Talk to CPIC staff and program providers to request a budget sheet for program • Possible costs include tuition and fees, room & board, travel expenses, passport and visa costs, local transportation, books & supplies, phone/internet, and personal expenses • Include optional excursions and independent travel into your budget

  4. How Can I Fund My Study Abroad Experience? • Cal Poly and program providers can assist with funding resources • Some Colleges provide study abroad scholarships (i.e. OCOB $2,000 travel grants) • CPIC Office has some program specific scholarships for faculty-led and affiliated programs • Program providers offer both need and merit based scholarships • Complete FAFSA (free financial aid form) • Cal Poly study abroad scholarship information: • http://www.studyabroad.calpoly.edu/financial/scholarships.html

  5. Financial Aid Tips • Complete FAFSA by March 2nd for early consideration for state, institutional and federal aid • Loans and grants offered by the U.S. federal government: • Federal Grants: 1) Federal Pell Grant 2) Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunities Grant (SEOG grant) • State Grants: 1) Cal Grant 2) State University Grant • Federal Loans: 1) Stafford Loan 2) Perkins Loan 3) Parent PLUS Loan

  6. Financial Resources • Federal Scholarships: • David Boren Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad • Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship • Other Types of Aid: • State Aid (must be receiving resident credit) • Institutional Aid (must be receiving resident credit) • Study Abroad Scholarships (eligibility requirements vary) • Third-Party Scholarships (i.e. CEA, GlobaLinks & USAC) • Post B.A. Scholarships (i.e. Fulbright & Rotary) • Diversity Scholarships (LSAMP)

  7. Financial Search Tools • FastWeb scholarships and more: www.fastweb.com • FinAid! www.finaid.org • IIE Passport Study Abroad Funding: www.studyabroadfunding.org • Diversity Abroad Scholarships: www.diversityabroad.com/scholarships • Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship: www.iie.org/gilman • Boren Awards for International Study: www.borenawards.org

  8. Creative Funding • Look beyond scholarships and financial aid • Consider putting yourself on a tighter budget now • Parents/family can pool frequent flyer miles to defray your travel costs • Community organizations may provide sponsorship • Have a garage sale or sell your car

  9. Getting the Right Information is Easy “Learn By Going” studyabroad.calpoly.edu or visit us - Building 38 - 145