Scholarships & Financial Aid

Planning

Students planning to study abroad should carefully calculate how much funding is available to them. Instead of being turned away by the initial ”sticker shock“ of study abroad programs, students should review their current expenditures at Mississippi State University to see the total program price increase, if any. Often, students will be surprised to see how affordable study abroad can be. Also, there are opportunities to help pay for study abroad.

Financial Aid

An MSU degree-seeking student who participates in an MSU sponsored or affiliated Study Abroad program is eligible to apply for Financial Aid to help cover the required costs. Each program is handled on an individual program and student basis, and most costs associated with the Study Abroad program can typically be taken into consideration when determining Financial Aid eligibility. The amount of aid received for Study Abroad is dependent upon the individual student's eligibility at the time of application. Students who wish to receive Financial Aid to help pay for a MSU Study Abroad program should contact Tyler Holbrook in the Department of Student Financial Aid to discuss Financial Aid options and availability. The Study Abroad Financial Aid Request form is available at http://www.sfa.msstate.edu/forms.

A student planning to participate in a Study Abroad program through an organization or school that has no affiliation or consortium agreement in place with MSU is not eligible to receive Financial Aid through MSU for the program. For additional information, please visit the MSU Department of Student Financial Aid.

MSU Study Abroad Scholarships

The MSU Office of Study Abroad (OSA) offers partial scholarships to select MSU students to participate in approved study abroad programs. Generally, scholarships range from $250- $2,000 per student, but award amounts vary based on the number of applicants and funds received by OSA each year. These scholarships will be awarded based upon academic achievement, financial need, and/or the expected benefit of the study abroad experience. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applying for this scholarship has no bearing on the consideration of any program application. Scholarships are only available to MSU students participating in MSU-approved programs. Scholarship applications will not be considered unless all other application materials have been submitted.

All recipients of MSU Study Abroad Scholarships will be required to complete a scholarship project in exchange for scholarship money. The purpose of the project is to promote and advance study abroad on the Mississippi State University campus. Projects may include, but are not limited to: travel blog, video project/blog, social media project, and class presentations.

Spring 2018 Deadline:
October 15, 2017
Summer 2018 Deadline:
March 1, 2018
Fall 2018 Deadline:
June 1, 2018

How to Apply for an MSU Office of Study Abroad Scholarship:

  1. Click on Programs on the top right of the Study Abroad website.
  2. Under Simple Search, change the drop down menu from Outgoing to Scholarship.
  3. Click the Search button.
  4. Click on the Office of Study Abroad (OSA) Scholarship Application.
  5. Read the brochure and if you meet the requirements click on the Apply Now button to begin an application. You will login using your NetID and NetPassword.

College Specific Scholarships

Some MSU Colleges have study abroad scholarships available for students of that college to apply for. The Office of Study Abroad encourages you to check with academic college and/or department to see about study abroad scholarship opportunities.

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Study Abroad Scholarship Program

Program-Specific Scholarships

Many of the provider programs that Mississippi State University partners with provide scholarship opportunities to students. To be eligible for these scholarships, you must study abroad with one of these particular programs.

Academic Programs International (API)
American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)
CEA Global Education (CEA)
International Studies Abroad (ISA)
Semester at Sea
SIT Study Abroad - School for International Training (SIT)

National Scholarships

We have compiled a brief scholarship list for you! Thoroughly review this guide to determine what additional opportunities may be available. Most scholarships are designed for specific countries, languages, and students. The earlier you start planning, the better off you will be. Additional scholarship resources can be found at http://www.studyabroadfunding.org/Index

DOWNLOAD SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABILITY PACKET (pdf)

Also, keep in mind:

  • Your academic department may also have scholarships that can be used for study abroad.
  • You can consult with local civic, social, or religious organizations for possible scholarships or grants.
  • Don't forget to check with your parents' places of work for possible funding sources.