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.
Below you will find important information about some of the financial resources that may be available to you. Please be aware that eligibility requirements for the options discussed on this page are varied, and several of these resources do not extend to study abroad tuition and fees.
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.
GI benefits vary depending on the type of program selected, however, in all cases, the following three conditions must be met:
For faculty-led programs, the study abroad program fee is only covered when studying abroad is required as part of a student's degree plan. The tuition for study abroad courses is covered if the class satisfies a degree requirement.
Please reference the GI Bill Fact Sheet for more information on how your VA benefits may be applied to study abroad programs, or refer to the GI Bill FAQ page on the Office of Veterans Affairs webpage.
Texas State University is required to comply with Section 54.2002 of Chapter 54 of the Texas Education Code, which states that any mandatory or discretionary exemption or waiver from the payment of tuition or other fees applies only to courses for which the university receives tax support, i.e., formula funding. Please refer to the Tuition Waivers & Exemptions page on the Student Business Service webpage for more information.
Consequently, tuition waivers/exemptions do not apply to extension courses, including study abroad. Students are encouraged to contact the agency responsible for administering a particular waiver or exemption in question directly for more information on financial assistance options available.
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
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:
|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 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
|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|
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.
Each year, AIFS awards more than $800,000 in scholarships, grants, and financial support to deserving students & institutions. Funds are available for fall, spring, and summer terms. For more information click here.
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 www.borenawards.org.
The Institute of International Education's Freeman-ASIA program provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.
Detailed information is available at http://www.iie.org/programs/freeman-asia.
The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) was established to address the need for an independent study abroad scholarship provider. FEA seeks to expand access to study abroad by granting scholarships of up to $10,000. FEA also awards a scholarship specifically for students who attend a university in Texas.
The 2017-2018 application period (summer 2017, fall 2017, spring 2018) will open in November 2016. For more information, please visit the Fund for Education Abroad website at http://fundforeducationabroad.org/.
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 www.iie.org/gilman, contact the Gilman Program at 713-621-6300 ext. 25 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
In addition to the financial assistance you can pursue at Texas State, there are a variety of foundations and both private and public organizations that provide financial assistance for study abroad.
The following resources contain useful information on financial assistance: