Financial Aid & Scholarships
The cost of studying abroad varies depending on the program. There are programs that cost less than studying at VCU for a semester, programs that equal the price of VCU in-state tuition/room/board, and programs that cost much more than the cost of on-campus study. Regardless of the study abroad program, students can use federal financial aid, institutional scholarships like the Deans, Provost and Presidential scholarships, departmental scholarships, and external scholarships to pay for their approved study abroad program. The Education Abroad office can help students find scholarships, grants, and other funding options, as well as help students throughout the application processes. The funding options section on our website provides resources for students looking to finance their study abroad program.
The Education Abroad office has a scholarship competition which opens each year in December. The deadline for the scholarship typically falls on February 14. This scholarship is intended for any student wishing to study abroad during the summer or the following academic school year, to include the fall and spring semesters. Please encourage your students to apply for this scholarship on time; late applications are not accepted.
There are also national scholarships that students can apply for such as the Gilman, the Boren, the Fund for Education Abroad, Phi Kappa Phi, and others. Please visit the websites for each of these scholarships to familiarize yourself with the requirements and deadlines, and encourage your students to meet with the Education Abroad staff throughout the scholarship application process. The Education Abroad staff would be happy to meet with you at any time to discuss funding opportunities for study abroad and ways in which you can be more involved in the scholarship advising process, like serving on a scholarship selection panel.Back to top