Funding Your Study Abroad Experience
Overview of Lycoming Aid Eligibility
To reiterate the application submission information, all students interested in studying abroad must submit an Application to Study Abroad. All questions regarding aid eligibility should be addressed PRIOR TO obtaining the signature of either the Director of Financial Aid or the Assistant Director of Financial Aid (required signatures). The Office of Financial Aid is located in Long Hall, Room 106, 570-321-4040, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Any financial aid a student may be eligible for while studying abroad largely depends on where the student will be studying and what their eligibility is while enrolled at Lycoming.
Eligibility for Aid at Lycoming Affiliates
Westminster and Bamberg
If a student will be at Westminster or Bamberg and enrolled in full-time study, all financial aid the student is eligible for at Lycoming - except work study - will be transferrable to these locations. This includes Lycoming scholarships and grants, federal and state grants and federal loans. Students are charged Lycoming's tuition rate at the time of the study abroad enrollment.
Sampere, CUEF Grenoble, Regents
Students enrolling full-time at Sampere, CUEF Grenoble or Regents may be eligible to transfer their federal and state grants, as well as federal loans, to these locations. Lycoming scholarships and grants (or any other institutional funds) CANNOT be used at these locations.
Scholarships, Grants and Fellowships
- Research financial aid, scholarships, grants and donations early. Most scholarship applications are due well in advance of your study abroad travel.
- Look at all types of scholarships, not just study abroad funding. Research any special funding for which you, specifically, may be eligible.
Frank and Helen Lowry Study Abroad Ambassador Program
Through the generosity of Mrs. Helen Lowry, Lycoming College is able to facilitate the Frank and Helen Lowry Study Abroad Ambassador Program. The purpose of this program is to promote study abroad for Lycoming students. Study Abroad Ambassadors are awarded a grant to help fund an intended study abroad experience. Upon completion of the study abroad program, Ambassadors will assist the Lycoming Study Abroad Office promote study abroad on campus and provide an important link for the community to opportunities abroad. This service can be completed in a variety of ways, including: peer-mentoring, presentations, information sessions, etc.
- The award for Ambassadors studying abroad for a semester is $1,500.
- The award for Ambassadors studying abroad over the summer is $1,000.
Ambassadors must participate in Lycoming College approved study abroad programs. The program must be for academic credit. Students must be considered full-time Lycoming students at the time of application and demonstrate financial need (all recipients must show demonstrated financial need as determined by the FAFSA.)
Preference for awards will be given to students that will study a foreign language as part of the study abroad program.
Interested students should visit the Study Abroad Office to receive the Ambassador Program application form and discuss service possibilities. Students must submit the application and complete their FAFSA to be considered for the Ambassador Program.
The application must be completed and submitted to the Study Abroad Office by the designated Study Abroad application deadline.
- October 1st for Spring programs
- March 15th for Summer and Fall programs
During the Fall Semester preceding the year they wish to study abroad, students should:
- Discuss their readiness for overseas study with their academic advisor and with other faculty in the Foreign Language Department
- Meet with the Study Abroad Coordinator to learn more about the overseas programs and to declare their intention to study abroad
- Complete the scholarship application and return it to the Office of Financial Aid, Long Hall, no later than March 15, with scholarship award based only on the financial aid analysis of unmet need based on the estimated expenses of the overseas academic program
Lycoming Scholarship Advisor - Dr. Todd Preston
Lycoming Scholarship Advisor - Alison Gregory
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Scholarships
Lycoming Scholarship Advisor - Dr. Todd Preston
Other Funding Resources
Alternative Funding Ideas
- Choose a country with a good exchange rate friendly to your home country's currency
- Look for a country that's 'off the beaten path.' Funding may be more readily available if you're not definite in your destination
- Stay longer. Funding may be more readily available if you're willing to stay a year instead of a semester.
- Research discounted airfare for students. Most study abroad programs have relationships with travel agencies and airlines to offer discounted rates, but some airlines even offer these rates directly to students. Ask.
- Research staying with a host family instead of a hostel or student housing. You'll have to contribute to room and board but it may be less expensive and you'll have the added benefit of totally immersing yourself in the culture and language.
- Research your destination country's financing possibilities
- Have your parents ask at work about scholarships for employees' children
- Research non need-based funding from governmental sources
- Fundraise. Enthusiasm, creativity, and perseverance will take you a long way. Be prepared to explain how you intend to spend the funds (airfare, program fee, tuition, personal travel, special projects, etc.), include a photo of yourself with your request so that the receiver can establish a personal connection with you, make donating as easy as possible (cash or check) so you're more likely to get an actual donation rather than a promise to donate, and don't be afraid to follow up if you haven't received a response. Keep donors updated while abroad via a blog, website or email.
- Check with private and community organizations (alumni organizations, chambers of commerce, local service organizations, local heritage organizations) for scholarship or grant possibilities, and ask about sponsorships.
- Ask local businesses about sponsoring your travel.
- Friends and Family: Neighbors and family may be willing to help fund your experience, waive holiday and birthday gifts and request financial gifts or loans instead.
- Research out-of the-box funding sources such as fynanz, greennote, and foundationcenter.