Financial Aid & Study Abroad: Basic Facts for Students

The Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1992 mandated that a student can receive financial aid for study abroad if the student is enrolled in a program approved by the home institution. Moreover, the student would be eligible to receive “grants, loans, or work assistance without regard to whether the study abroad program is required as a part of the student’s degree.”

What Types of financial aid are available?

Federal Direct Student Loans

A student attending an approved study abroad program while enrolled at STCL Houston can borrow a Federal Direct Unsubsidized and/or Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan. A student must complete the FAFSA and be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible.

Institutional Scholarships

Institutional Scholarships such as the Dean’s Merit are not available for study abroad.

Outside Scholarships

The National Security Education Program (NSEP) and the Fulbright Program funded by the Federal government have grants and fellowships for graduate students for study and research overseas. Students should be aware that government organizations in other countries such as the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offer funding opportunities.

To check out more outside scholarship opportunities, visit: https://www.stcl.edu/admissions-aid/scholarships-financial-aid/college-scholarships/.