Financial Assistance

The cost of study abroad varies among different programs based on the cost associated with traveling to a specific location, the duration of the program, the sponsoring institution, etc. The good news is that there are several financial resources available to you; you just need to dedicate some time to inquire about your options.

Study abroad can be very affordable, especially if you qualify for any of the following resources.

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Hazelwood Act

NOTICE: Effective September 1, 2015, the Hazlewood tuition exemption is not available for study abroad programs.

International Education Fee Scholarship-IEFS

The mission of the Study Abroad Program at Texas State University is to provide students in all areas of academic interest and levels a variety of educational choices abroad. The International Education Fee (IEF) funds the International Education Fee Scholarship program and assists in that mission by making funds available to qualified students who want to study abroad. The 72nd Texas State Legislature passed the IEF Bill, giving authority to the governing boards of all higher education institutions to charge and collect a $1.00 fee from all students who register each semester or summer session. Texas State University began collecting the fee in the 1992 fall semester and was approved to raise the fee to $3.00 starting in the 2002 fall semester.

The IEF Scholarship is distributed in a competition open to all undergraduate and graduate Texas State students who meet the established eligibility requirements. To be eligible, undergraduate students must be enrolled at least part-time at Texas State with a minimum cumulative Texas State GPA of 2.75. First-semester transfer students must have an admission GPA of at least 2.75. Graduate students must be enrolled at least part-time at Texas State with a minimum cumulative Texas State GPA of 3.25. Each applicant is required to be enrolled full-time in Texas State faculty-led, exchange or affiliated study abroad program, unless otherwise stated in the inter-institutional agreement or specified by the program requirements. International students at Texas State, like all other Texas State students, are eligible to apply for a Texas State-approved study abroad program. However, no money will be awarded to international students for study at Texas State University or in their home country. Students who are on academic or disciplinary probation/suspension are not eligible. All applicants must be Texas Success Initiative compliant and must be in attendance at Texas State University during the semester that precedes their study abroad.

Award Selection Process
All Texas State students who meet basic eligibility requirements may apply. Often the number of applications exceeds the amount of award funds available, and therefore, not every applicant will receive a scholarship. The Texas State IEF Scholarship Committee has established the following criteria based on a point system to award the scholarship funds:

IEFS Award Criteria
Category Number of Points
1. Texas State GPA Multiply your Texas State GPA by 10.
2. Financial need (determined by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office)

40 if high need

30 if medium need

20 if low need

3. Length of program

10 if long term (more than three months abroad

5 if short term (0-3 months abroad)

4. Prior IEFS recipient

10 if first-time recipient

0 if prior recipient

  • Students who apply to study abroad in a location for which the U.S. Department of State has issued a travel warning are not eligible for IEFS.
  • The IEFS Committee reserves the right to suspend awards to students who have selected programs that are deemed to follow insufficient academic quality and/or health and safety practices. Suspension of awards will be removed once the issues have been resolved to the satisfaction of the university's administration and the IEFS Committee. You are advised to check with Texas State Study Abroad Office to obtain the most current information.
  • It is strongly recommended that you attend one of the IEFS information sessions offered every semester.
Scholarship Awards
The IEF Scholarship Committee awards scholarships to qualified students based on the availability of funds and the number of applicants.    

Students must complete and have submitted the IEFS Application Form online and any required attachments by the deadline.

Study Abroad Semester

Application Period Award Notification and
Acceptance Period
Winter 2015/Spring 2016 August 24-October 2, 2015 October 12-October 23, 2015
Summer 2016 October 26, 2015-December 13, 2015 December 21, 2015-February 19, 2016
Fall 2016 February 8-March 4, 2016 March 2-April 1, 2016

IEFS Information Sessions

Attend an IEFS Information Session in the Conference Room of Thornton International House on one of the following dates. All Information Sessions are at 3:30 p.m.
September 4, 2015

September 25, 2015

October 30, 2015

November 20, 2015

December 4, 2015 - CANCELLED

December 11, 2015





Gilman International Scholarship Program

The Gilman Scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the Institute of International Education. Gilman Scholarships provide awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Over 2,000 scholarships are usually awarded every year.

For more information about the Gilman Scholarship, application deadlines and timeline, and the application process, please visit the Gilman website at, contact the Gilman Program at 713-621-6300 ext. 25 or e-mail Before you apply for the Gilman Scholarship, please contact the Study Abroad Office located at Thornton International House, 344 West Woods St. You may also want to contact Texas State student Philip Wharton, recent recipient of the Benjamin Gilman Scholarship, who can share with you his experience as a recipient of this scholarship award.

Boren Awards for International Study

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad. Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 for language study and international research.

Applications and detailed information on the Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available on


API actively seeks to support students who fall within demographic groups who are traditionally less likely to study abroad. In light of this goal, API is pleased to offer two new scholarship opportunities:

Students who are the first in their families to attend a college or university are eligible to apply for the API First Generation Scholarship, which offers one deserving semester or academic year student a scholarship in the amount of $750

Students who are studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics are eligible to apply for the API STEM Scholarship, which offers one deserving semester or academic year student a scholarship in the amount of $750.

In addition to the new opportunities listed above, API students can apply for any of the following scholarships:

API strongly encourages eligible students who are interested in studying at John Cabot University to apply for the API/JCU Diversity Scholarship, which provieds one full tuition scholarship per session abroad (Fall, Spring, Summer 1, Summer 2) to an outstanding minority student to encourage diversity at the JCU campus.

Students participating on an API program who have been awarded a Gilman scholarship will be eligible to receive up to $1,000 in matching contributions from API.  To receive the API Gilman Matching Scholarship, Gilman winners should indicate their scholarship details on their financial aid information after acceptance to an API study abroad program.

Finally, students are encouraged to apply for API General Scholarships, which range from $250-$1,000 per session.  The general scholarship is need and merit-based.

Applications and details regarding these scholarships can be found on the API website. We are so pleased to be able to award over $400,000 in study abroad scholarships annually to assist students in their quest to study abroad.

Freeman-ASIA Program

The Institute of International Education is pleased to announce that funding for the Freeman-ASIA Program has been approved for two years, beginning with the summer 2011 term. The application system will open in January 2011, and grants will be offered for summer, semester, and academic year terms.

Detailed information is available at

Fund for Education Abroad

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships. Texas State students can apply for the Central Texas Scholarship available through the Fund for Education Abroad website. Selected students can receive up to $5,000. 

The deadline for the 2014-2015 academic year is January 17, 2014. For more information, please visit the Fund for Education Abroad at: 

Exchange Programs

If you decide to participate in any of the exchange programs offered by Texas State, your tuition and fees will be basically the same as they would be were you studying on campus

Foundations and Private and Public Organizations

In addition to the financial assistance you can pursue at Texas State, there are resources such as foundations and private and public organizations that provide financial assistance for study abroad. Private organizations and associations related to your field of study or destination are worth consulting, as well as ethnic organizations.

The following resources contain useful information on this financial assistance:



  • A Student’s Guide to Scholarships, Grants, and Funding Publications in International Education and Other Disciplines, Michigan State University, Rm.209, Office of International Studies and Programs, East Lansing, Michigan (April 1997). Contains 79 pages of annotated bibliographical information on references and websites.
  • Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants for Programs Abroad (American Collegiate Service, 1989).
  • Marie O’Sullivan, ed., Financial Resources for International Study, Institute of International Education, New York(1996).
  • Worldwide College Scholarship Directory, Dan Cassidy.

Phi Kappa Phi Scholarships

Phi Kappa Phi offers 50 $1,000 scholarships to students. You do not have to be a PKP member in order to receive this scholarship. For more information please visit:

Financial Aid

Financial aid is usually applicable toward the required costs of approved Texas State study abroad programs, including faculty-led programs, international exchange programs, and affiliated programs. Please note that there is no guarantee that a student will receive enough financial aid to completely cover the total costs of the study abroad program. Please contact the Texas State Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to inquire about specific disbursement dates since they depend on your program and type of financial aid. Students should begin investigating the funding options for study abroad, including grants, personal savings, scholarships, and loans, as soon as possible.

Please note there are limits on the number of hours that may be taken via extension studies, which includes study abroad courses. Texas State students may take up to thirty credit hours via extension studies.

Tuition Waivers and Exemptions

No Longer Available

Beginning with registration for summer 2016, the Study Abroad Office can no longer apply tuition waivers or exemptions to extension courses.

John S. Linakis Scholarship

  • Awarded annually to an AIFS student with limited financial resources who also demonstrates an interest in and a commitment to social justice.
  • Covers tuition, room, and board to a student participating on an AIFS Spring semester program.
  • Deadline is September 15, 2015
  • For more information click here.

Russel and Deborah Taylor Foundation Scholarship

Covers up to half the semester program fee:
  • Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5
  • Applicants should submit an essay stating their academic objectives together with supporting documentation of financial need.
Pell Grant eligible students will be given priority
Deadlines are:
  • September 15, 2015 for Spring Programs
  • March 1, 2016 for Summer Programs
  • April 15, 2016 for Fall Programs

For more information click here.

Generation Study Abroad Scholarship, University of Limerick

Applicants must be a STEM major and meet the GPA requirement of a 3.0
Deadlines are:
  • December 1, 2015 for Spring Programs
  • July 1, 2016 for Academic Year or for Fall Semester
For more information click here.