Students who are interested in participating in the Alamo Colleges to Sydney program should first apply through their college via the red ‘Apply Today’ button in the top right corner of this page. This link will guide you towards important preliminary information on studying abroad and allow you to navigate to the specific application portal for the Sydney program.
This portal will give you access to application requirements, alert you of any missing documents and provide you with additional pre-departure information. Any hard copy materials should be turned into the Alamo Colleges International Program Offices at 201 W. Sheridan, Bldg. C, Room 7, San Antonio, TX 78204, Maria Rivera-Midence (210) 485-0084 firstname.lastname@example.org
Students will also be required to complete a brief, online CAPA registration once they are accepted onto the program by their university.
You must be at least 18 years of age
You must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
You must be in good standing with your home institution
Visit your college’s study abroad program requirements page. These may be more detailed and override some of CAPA’s requirements
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 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 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.
CAPA Scholarships and Grants
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.
- CAPA Need-Based Scholarships
- Accommodation Fund
- National Study Abroad Scholarship Competitions
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-NEED BASED SCHOLARSHIPS
CAPA offers need-based scholarships ranging from $500-5,000. The amount is determined by the Financial Assessment form, which is a required piece of the application and is due by the scholarship deadline. The Financial Assessment form must be filled out by your home institution’s financial aid office, so please make sure to budget at least 1-2 weeks for them to return this document to CAPA.
The scholarship and Financial Assessment form must be received by the deadlines below:
Summer 2017: Mid-February (exact date TBD)
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 Anne McDonnell, Director of Pre-Departure Services, to request an accommodations form outlining your needs.
- Provide 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.
- Grant 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 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.