Financial Aid Quick Facts

How do I pay for my Study Abroad Program?


Step 1: Plan ahead!   Start to plan and save for your study abroad one or two years before you want to go.

Step 2: Research Financial Aid. Financial Aid includes Federal grants, Federal loans, work study, GVSU grants/scholarships, private scholarships, and alternative loans -- anything in addition to what you and your family will pay. Start by visiting these websites:     

Step 3: Complete a FAFSA to be eligible for financial aid and need-based scholarships for study abroad. 

Step 4: Attend Padnos Int’l Center’s “Funding your Study Abroad 101 Workshop.”  This workshop is held once a month and helps prospective study abroad students determine how much study abroad will cost and how to fund it.  See the schedule

Step 5: Calculate your Total Estimated Program Cost.   It includes ALL of this:  program fee, tuition, housing, meals, round-trip airfare, books, passport, visa, immunizations, health insurance, and your spending money.

Step 6: Meet with a Financial Aid Adviser.  Study abroad students MUST schedule a one-on-one advising appointment with Mr. Nick Bromley, GVSU Financial Aid Office in Allendale (100 STU).  Send him an email to ask for an appointment and include your G-number, program type, program duration, and the Total Estimated Program Cost of your study abroad program.

Step 7: Review your Study Abroad Financial Aid options (Will vary for each student):



Kitty Cats

Fall or Winter semester (12+ cr. required) or Academic Year (24+ cr. required)

  • Federal grants (Pell grant, etc.)
  • Federal loans
  • GVSU grants that were awarded through the admissions process
  • GVSU scholarships that were awarded through the admissions process
  • GVSU Study Abroad scholarships
  • Private scholarships
  • Alternative student loans
  • Parent Plus Loan
  • Perkins Loan

Spring/Summer (6+ credits required)


  • Meet with Nick Bromley ( from the financial aid office to find out if you are eligible for any federal aid!
  • Parent Plus Loan
  • GVSU study abroad scholarships & grants
  • Alternative student loans (requires cosigner; min. 3 weeks processing time)
  • Private scholarships


NOT AVAILABLE in the summer:

  • Federal grants, such as Pell Grant
  • Regular GVSU grants & scholarships that were awarded through the admissions process


GENERAL STUDY ABROAD AWARDS  (applies to summer, semester, and year abroad)

Seidman Business Study Abroad Scholarship 
The purpose of this scholarship is to provide support to undergraduate and graduate students of business who enhance their university studies by studying in a foreign country. This scholarship is competitive, based on program costs, strong academic credentials and financial need. Applications can be accessed via the GVSU myScholarships system and completed on-line. Applications for students going abroad in the spring/summer, fall or for an academic year must be submitted by March 1st. For Winter study abroad applicants, the application must be submitted by November 1st.

The Economic Club of Grand Rapids 
Business study abroad scholarship grant awards of up to $2,500 are available for two students pursuing a business degree. Requirements are a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and at least a sophomore standing. Residents of Kent, Allegan, Ottawa, or Muskegon counties for three years prior to application OR Resident students at a public college or university in West Michigan for at least two years prior to application (consecutive). Foreign study program must be endorsed and accepted as part of or as a credit course in the applicants degree. Applications are available on-line. Scholarship deadline is April 1st. 



West Michigan World Trade Association Scholarship 

For students who have never studied abroad and intend to participate in semester-long programs with a business focus. Awards up to $1000 are available--based on program costs and financial need. Applications are available in mid-February from for the following academic year

GVSU Study Abroad Grant 

The purpose of this grant is to offer financial assistance to students in need of additional resources in order to participate in a semester or academic year study abroad program. Priority will be given to students studying abroad for an academic year and participating in non-traditional study abroad locations. Grants, in the range of $500 - $2,000 per semester, will be given to full-time, degree-seeking students with a minimum GPA of 2.8. No application is required for this grant. The amount is based on financial need.



Study Abroad Scholarships 
GVSU offers a grant specifically for summer study abroad. Must be accepted into a summer study abroad program. Grants ($200 - $800) are based on financial need only. Degree seeking students only. Students with current FAFSA on file in the Financial Aid Office are automatically considered.



Japan Center for Michigan Universities Scholarships  
A variety of scholarships are available! JCMU Incentive Grants offered to the first forty Michigan students who apply. Summer or academic year programs only. See the Padnos International Center for details and application.

Bridging Foundation  
The United States - Japan Bridging Foundation provides study abroad scholarships for a semester or year abroad in Japan. For more information, please visit the following website:

Krakow University of Economics Scholarship (Krakow, Poland) 
GVSU student participating in the winter semester program, "Poland - Economy in Transition," receive a scholarship. Scholarships covers room, board, books, and a monthly stipend in Polish currency. See the Padnos International Center for details and application.

Secchia Scholarships 
The "Secchia Scholars" program includes the Secchia-John Cabot University Merit Scholarship and the Economic Club of Grand Rapids Secchia Scholarship. These scholarships are for West Michigan students and residents planning to study at John Cabot University and Rome. For more information click on the above links.

Heinz Prechter Tribute Scholarship 
The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support to Michigan students who complete an international internship in Germany. Michigan students are encouraged to learn about German business, life and culture. Once per year (March/April), students can apply for the Heinz Prechter Tribute scholarship (2 awards per year/$2,000 each). For more information about this scholarship, please visit the German-American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest-Michigan Chapter website:

DAAD - German Academic Exchange Services 
DAAD offers a variety of scholarships for study abroad in Germany. More information can be found on the following website:

Rhodes Scholarship Program  
A special scholarship program to study at the University of Oxford in England. More information can be found on the following website:

Perugia Sister City Scholarship 
A special scholarship program to study Italian Language and culture in Perugia, Italy. More information can be found on the following website:



Critical Language Scholarship Program  
A U.S. Department of State scholarship program for U.S citizens who pursue intensive language study abroad (min. 7 to 10 wks abroad) for certain critical foreign languages. More information about eligibility, the application, and deadlines can be found on the following website:

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Scholarship 
This study abroad scholarship is available to all undergraduate students. More information about eligibility, the application, and deadlines can be found on the following website:

Benjamin Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship Program 
A national scholarship program for undergraduate U.S citizens who pursue international study. Must receive the federal Pell Grant in order to be eligible for this scholarship. More information about eligibility, the application, and deadlines can be found on the following website: