You must be at least 18 years of age
You must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
It is strongly recommended that you are the equivalent of at least a 2nd semester sophomore
You must have completed the CAPA application within program deadlines as set by CAPA and your home institution
You must be in good standing with your home institution
Financial Aid and Scholarships
The financial aid office on your home campus will be a very important resource, and it is important that you 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.
Before visiting the Financial Aid Office make sure you have a budget estimate for your program and bring this along to your meeting. Your study abroad advisor or CAPA Global Cities Program Advisor can direct you to the appropriate place to find this budget depending on your program. It’s also a good idea to have your FAFSA submitted for the academic year you plan to be abroad.
Financial Aid is defined by most institutions as grants, federal loans, and private loans and each institution has their own policies and processes surrounding financial aid. Students can sometimes find this process challenging, but know that CAPA, your home campus study abroad office, and financial aid office are all here to help.
The following scholarships and grants are available for students participating in the CAPA-Led Programs to Buenos Aires, Dublin, Florence, London, Shanghai, or Sydney. These scholarships are not for students participating in non-CAPA programs to these destinations.
To be eligible, you must be in the process of applying for a CAPA program. A separate scholarship application and documentation may also be required by the deadline listed. See each individual section for more details on the application process.
It takes the Scholarship Committee approximately 3-4 weeks to review applications and render decisions. Students will be notified in writing by email of their status approximately 4 weeks after the scholarship deadline. Students should be prepared to commit to the program regardless of whether an award is received. Generally, scholarship money is credited to the program invoice and not given out as cash.
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 2018: TBD – Early February 2018
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 to Anne McDonnell, Director of Pre-Departure Services, to request an accommodations form outlining your needs.
- 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.
In addition to CAPA 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:
CAPA International Education is not considered an eligible higher education institution under the Department of Education and therefore does not issue 1098-T forms. The student’s home institution should be issuing the 1098-T form, especially if the home institution bills the program fees to the student’s institutional account. If the student pays CAPA directly, there is no guarantee that the student will be able to use the educational costs of the program to file for the Education Tax Credits, since CAPA does not report these costs to the IRS as eligible tuition costs. We are happy to provide students who paid CAPA directly and would like to consult a professional tax advisor, with a copy of their account statement showing their accounts paid in full.
The study abroad office at your school is the best resource! They will have more information about using your financial aid to study with CAPA, and it is highly advised that you talk to an advisor about transferring over your fund.