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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.

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.

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Institutional 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.

General Information Regarding Financial Aid and Study Abroad Programs

  • Students must be enrolled as a full-time student to be eligible for financial aid disbursement (Pell Grant will disburse with less than half-time enrollment). 
  • Federal loans for study abroad programs are disbursed in two equal disbursements. The first disbursement is scheduled 10 days before the program start date, and the second occurs at the program midpoint. 
  • Students in an Affiliated study abroad program or Exchange program must be registered in their placeholder courses (ISEP courses) or their funds will not disburse to their student account
  • Students who withdraw from their study abroad program may have to repay all or a portion of the financial aid received. Repayment amounts depend on dates of withdrawal
  • Students who do not withdraw from their study abroad or exchange program, but do not attend classes, will be considered an unofficial withdrawal and will be required to repay a portion of their aid 

Students Participating in Summer Programs

  • Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours to be eligible for financial aid disbursement (Pell Grant will disburse with less than half-time enrollment)
  • A student’s Pell Grant and federal loans for summer study abroad are based on what was not exhausted during fall / spring 
  • Summer grants are limited and awarded on a first come, first served basis
  • You must have a current FAFSA with Texas State
  • You must complete a summer financial aid application at

GI Bill

GI benefits vary depending on the type of program selected, however, in all cases, the following three conditions must be met:

  • Students must be enrolled in courses that will apply to their program.
  • The programs at the "host" school in the foreign country must be approved.
  • VA cannot pay any fees specific to studying abroad unless the student is required to study abroad as part of their program.

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.

Hazelwood Recipients

Extension courses, including study abroad courses, are not covered by the Hazelwood Act unless the course receives tax support, i.e., formula funding. Please refer to the FAQs page of the Office of Veterans Affairs webpage for more information.

Tuition Waivers and Exemptions

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.

Exchange Programs

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

(Undergraduate students: 15 credit hours)
(Graduate students: 9 credit hours)


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.
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 2016/Spring 2017 August 29, 2016-September 30, 2016 October 10, 2016-October 24, 2016
Summer 2017 November 7, 2016-February 1, 2017 February 8, 2017-February 21, 2017
Fall 2017 February 6, 2017-March 10, 2017 March 27, 2017-April 7, 2017



Please visit
to apply for the IEF Scholarship.


Academic Programs International (API) Scholarships

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.

American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) Scholarships

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 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

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) Program

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

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)

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

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.

Click here to see recent Texas State Gilman Scholarship recipients.

Phi Kappa Phi Scholarships

Phi Kappa Phi offers fifty $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 PKP's Study Abroad Grants webpage.


Foundations and Other Organizations

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:



  • 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.