Financial Aid and Scholarships
Financing can often be a stressful aspect for students planning their experience abroad, but it doesn’t have to be, and the best way to alleviate that stress is to start planning early! The financial aid office on your home campus will be a very important resource, and it will be quite helpful to schedule a meeting with them as soon as possible. Even if you have never used financial aid, it may be worth it to set up an appointment, as some students find that their adjusted cost of attendance for a semester abroad may make them eligible for aid they could not previously access.
CAPA offers need-based scholarships ranging from $500-5,000.
Scholarship applications are evaluated based on financial need, as well as the student’s reflection on identity, program goals, personal investment, and location choice. Additional consideration is given to students from CAPA Affiliate institutions.
There are two pieces to this scholarship application and both must be submitted to CAPA by the application deadline:
- Online personal essay questions
- Scholarship Form
Scholarships are very competitive. Students are encouraged to use thoughtful, concrete examples in the essays and proofread carefully before submitting.
Students are also responsible for ensuring that the Scholarship Form is received by CAPA before the deadline.
Late essays or forms will not be accepted, and incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Summer 2019: February 20th, 2019
CAPA is committed to facilitating a learning abroad experience for students with disabilities. We encourage the disclosure of disability and use a collaborative team approach that involves our support staff both stateside and abroad, the student’s study abroad advisor and disability resources coordinator, and of course the student, to determine the best means of accommodation. While some accommodations are cost-free, we recognize that additional expenses may be incurred. In an effort to defray such expenses, we have established the Accommodation Fund. We wish you a successful, exciting, and enriching time abroad and we are happy to support you in any way possible.
Grant Application Process:
- Email Jodi Melichar, Vice President of US Operations, to request an accommodations form outlining your needs.
- Complete an anticipated additional cost sheet. Please work both with the Pre-Departure Services team, who will liaise with onsite personnel, as well as your College or University Study Abroad Office to assess potential additional costs that may arise. These can be estimates based on average costs advised by onsite personnel.
- Permission to contact your College or University’s Office of Disability Services as well as (if applicable) State Vocational Rehabilitation Program Coordinator from whom you receive support.
CAPA will review the grant proposal and determine award amounts based on the information provided. CAPA will try to meet the financial needs of the student as they are outlined to whatever degree possible, but some awards may not completely match the amount listed by the student pending the number of grant proposals we receive.
In instances where the grant funds will cover anticipated costs overseas, the grant fund will be managed by the onsite staff and distributed as needed/requested. If the proposed costs pertain to aspects of the program prior to departure, CAPA will make direct payments on the student’s behalf to the designated payee.
National Study Abroad Scholarships
In addition to CAPA and Benedictine University scholarships, there are many other national scholarship competitions you can apply for to receive extra funding. Many of these scholarships require you to apply a year in advance, so definitely do your homework ahead of time. Please visit each individual link below to learn more about eligibility, deadlines and how to apply: