There are four main study abroad expenses that you must budget for: tuition, airfare, program fees, and miscellaneous expenses.
- Tuition: The cost of study abroad tuition is the same as you would pay for classes at Cascadia College (15 credits for a quarter-long program, 5 credits for a short-term program). You can use any of the payment methods available to you in other quarters. Regular tuition payment deadlines apply.
- Airfare: Airfare is usually not included in the program fees. Some programs may have an optional group flight that you can choose to join.
- Program fees: These fees are paid directly to the third-party provider (AIFS, Barcelona SAE, etc.).
- Meals (typically breakfast and dinner)
- Medical Insurance
- Pre-departure and on-site orientation
- Airport pick-up
- Not Included:
- Textbooks and college tuition
- Passport and visa fees
- Admission fees to museums and other venues
- Miscellaneous expenses: These costs will vary by students. Possible expenses to budget for include meals not included in the program fee, travel expenses, shopping, and other personal expenses.
Financial aid such as grants and loans can often be used to help pay for study abroad costs. Talk with a Cascadia Financial Aid Advisor for more information. Get a budget sheet from the Study Abroad Coordinator before your advising appointment to have an accurate estimate of the total cost of studying abroad. (http://www.cascadia.edu/finaid/)
G.I. Bill benefits can often be used to pay for study abroad costs. Meet with Cascadia’s VA Certifying Officer for more information. (http://www.cascadia.edu/current/vets.aspx)
WCCCSA Scholarship: For quarter-long WCCCSA programs, WCCCSA awards one $1,000 scholarship to a program
Scholarship applications should be submitted with your program application.
Rules of the Scholarship:
Students must have applied to the study abroad program and paid the deposit in order to be eligible to apply for this scholarship.
Write an essay on a topic chosen by the WCCCSA program. The essay must be typed and submitted to the Scholarship Committee Chair by the determined deadline. Winners will be announced at the pre-departure orientation.
Each scholarship recipient must agree to help WCCCSA promote the Study Abroad program after they complete the program. The assignment given to them will require no more than 4 hours work and will be a project mutually agreed upon by both the award recipient and a WCCCSA campus representative. Projects may include (but not be limited to) tasks such as sharing of photos and personal reflections of their program, help with orientation of the next program, talking with classes at their school to help promote the program, making a video to help promote study abroad, visiting other nearby campuses to talk about the program, etc.
Cascadia Diversity Abroad Scholarship
Cascadia awards two $500 scholarships each year to Cascadia students accepted to a for-credit Cascadia study abroad program; one will be awarded for winter/spring programs and one will be awarded for fall-pre-fall programs. Preference for the scholarships is given to students with backgrounds that are underrepresented in study abroad. Deadlines to apply are June 1st and December 1st.
Gilman International Scholarship
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. To be eligible for the Gilman, you must be a Pell Grant recipient. Scholarship awards range from $3,000-$5,000.
The Gilman Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies and interns abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints. The program aims to encourage students to choose non-traditional study and intern destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in education abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities. Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray eligible study or intern abroad costs. These costs include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and international airfare. Visit the Gilman website for more information: https://www.gilmanscholarship.org/
Sites with Searchable Scholarship Databases
- College Board(https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search): Free online scholarship database
- Diversity Abroad Scholarships & Grants (http://www.diversityabroad.com/scholarships): Free database of scholarships that target minority, low-income and first-generation students
- FastWeb (http://www.fastweb.com/): Free online scholarship database
- IIE Passport Study Abroad Funding (http://www.studyabroadfunding.org/): Free online database of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, and grants
- Petersons (petersons.com): Free online scholarship database
- Scholarships.com (scholarships.com): Free college scholarship search and financial aid information resource
- The Washboard (thewashboard.org): Free online database of scholarships for students in Washington