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Finances and Scholarships 

Guidelines for your Scholarship Search

  • Start your research early
  • Apply early
  • Be sure to check the eligibly guidelines of the specific scholarship before applying
  • In some instances, you do not have to be accepted into a study abroad program at the time of the scholarship application
  • Be sure to check the deadlines - they can vary between scholarships
  • If you are in need of a Letter of Recommendation, please give your professor 3 weeks of advance notice
  • Never pay for a scholarship
  • Visit the Center for Student Success Writers' Studio; students from any major can sign up for a free, 30 minute, one-on-one session with a peer writing consultant. Peer writing consultants are fellow SUNY New Paltz students who are trained to help you identify your strengths and work toward goals for your academic writing assignments including your application to study abroad.


If you have any specific questions about any the scholarships, please contact Bianca Sylvain in the Center for International Programs




Financial Aid for Study Abroad

If you are currently receiving financial aid in the form of a scholarship, grant, or loan from your home campus, you may be able to continue to receive that same financial aid to apply towards the cost of your participation in a New Paltz Study Abroad program.

New Paltz programs vary in cost and fees. Cost and fees can be found on the brochure page under "budget sheets." The budget sheets are meant to be used as a guideline since costs are subject to change and can fluctuate based on exchange rates.

For additional information on Financial Aid, please contact the SUNY New Paltz Financial Aid office. As well as, Important Information for Students Receiving NYS Grants or Scholarships.



SUNY New Paltz College Foundations Scholarships

SUNY New Paltz offers scholarships for Study Abroad experiences through generous contributions.

These scholarships accept applications once a year during the spring semester. If you are considering studying abroad the following year for fall or spring semester, it is advised that you apply a year in advance.

Roger Bowen Scholarship 
Award amount $1,000
Application deadline occurs once a year in the spring semester.


Study Abroad in Spain with New Paltz Scholarship
Award amount $2,000
Application deadline occures once a year in the spring semester.


Other Alumni, General, and Departmental Scholarships
Award amounts varies
If eligible, these other scholarships can be applied towards your time abroad. View Study Abroad Scholarships in the SUNY New Paltz Scholarship Catalog, which can be viewed and downloaded on the SUNY New Paltz Foundation website.


Friends of the Asian Studies
Award amount varies
Application deadlines occurs once a year in the spring semester.


Luigi and Anita Traverso Endowment
Award amount varies
Application deadline occures once a year in the spring semester.


EOP Travel Grant
Award amount up to $750
Application deadline is typically in the fall and spring semesters.  


SUNY Scholarships


SUNY Diversity Abroad Honors Scholarship
Award amounts up to $2,000
SUNY's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) is offering the Diversity Abroad Honors Scholarship Program (DAHSP) which will assist students offset the costs of study abroad. The scholarship is in the amount of $2,000 as well as an additional scholarship in the amount of $1,000 funded by the IIE Andrew Heiskell Award will be available to applicants. Please keep in mind, everyone is diverse! 

Application deadline is in the fall (October 1) and spring (March 1) semesters.



Global Scholar Program

Award amount varies

The Center for International Programs is pleased to offer the SUNY New Paltz Global Scholar Program to SUNY New Paltz students who study abroad on a fall or spring semester program.

Those who receive a position as a SUNY New Paltz Global Scholar will pay a reduced program fee of only $400 plus current New Paltz tuition. This is a savings to the student, not a scholarship.

The Global Scholar Program exists only for the following programs and may or may not be available for a certain term.



National Scholarships for Undergraduate Study Abroad

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Award amount up to $5,000
Offers awards for study abroad to U.S. citizen students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a 2 year or 4 year college or university. Selected by competition, recipients are awarded up to $5000 to defray the costs associated with studying abroad. In the past New Paltz student have been very successful with obtaining this scholarship! Application deadline is first Tuesday of March for summer, fall and academic year and the first Tuesday in October for Spring and Summer (early application).


The Ambassadorial Scholarships Program
Award amount varies
Ambassadorial Scholarships, The Rotary Foundation's oldest and best-known program, was founded in 1947. Since then, more than 40,000 men and women from about 100 nations have studied abroad under its auspices. Today it is one of the world's largest privately funded international scholarships programs.  


Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan
Award amount up to $4,000
Offers a scholarship for undergraduates majoring in any field of study are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Applicants must be a US citizen or permanent resident and be enrolled as an undergraduate in a college or university in the US. . Application deadline is Early October for spring and early April for fall.


David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships
Award amount up to $20,000 
Offers a scholarship focused on geographical areas, languages and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Emphasized world regions include Africa, Asia, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. Evidence of a clear link between your proposed overseas study and your academic and international career goals will be a critical element in your application. Study of a foreign language appropriate to the identified country must be part of each proposal. In addition, you must meet any language requirements of the study abroad experience you propose. Awards are for a minimum of one academic term. The National Security Education Program (NSEP) enhances opportunities for its award recipients to gain federal employment. Application deadline typically are typically in early February.


BUTEX (British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association)
Award amount up to $700
Offers a scholarship that is open to all undergraduate students currently registered at an institution in the USA. To be eligible to apply you must have been offered a study abroad or exchange place at a UK university which is BUTEX affiliated. The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university. Application deadline typically are mid-June.


Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes 
Scholarships for U.S. citizen undergraduate, master's and Ph.D. students to participate in beginning, intermediate and advanced level intensive summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers.


Diversity Abroad Network Scholarships
Award amount varies
Offers scholarships for summer study abroad programs, underrepresented students in study abroad, and students studying in Asia. Application deadline is typically April 1.


Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA)
Award amount up to $7,000
Offers scholarships for US undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. A Freeman-ASIA Award provides need-base funding to assist the recipient with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books etc. Application deadline is typically mid-April.


The Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship
Award amount up to $10,000
Offers scholarships for US citizens planning to study abroad for at least four weeks between September and August. Awards for this scholarship are given to up to ten students planning to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program. FEA scholarship recipients can receive up to $10,000 provided by both corporate and private donors committed to increasing study abroad opportunities for dedicated American Students. Application deadline is typically mid-January. 


Fund for International Service Learning
Award amount $500
The Fund for International Service Learning (FISL) is offering $500 scholarships to aid students who are enrolled (or in the process of enrolling) in a credit-bearing International Service Learning program. Recipients are selected based on their academic and professional goals and accomplishments, as well as financial need. 


GO! Study Abroad Scholarship
Award amount $1,000
Offers scholarships in support of international education. It provides scholarships for students participating in study abroad programs. Scholarships are awarded each year. The scholarship is awarded based on the creativity and analytical thinking displayed through writing samples and/or video submissions. Application deadlines vary, please refer to their website.

JASSO/Japanese Student Service Organization Scholarships
Award amount varies
Offers an national award for North American students studying at any Japanese institution. Award varies according to scholarship and Study Abroad Program. Application deadline- You will be contacted by your study abroad program with more information.


Morgan Stanley Scholarships for Study in Japan
Award amount $7,500
Offers a scholarship for eligible students including juniors and seniors at US universities with an interest in economics and international finance who have been accepted for study in Japan for the academic year. Co-Sponsored by Morgan Stanley, US-Japan Bridging Foundation and the Association of Teachers of Japanese. Application deadline is typically mid-April.


Rainbow Scholarship
Award amount varies
Award amount varies Offers a scholarship to a LGBTQ+ student who aims to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program. Applicants must meet general FEA scholarship eligibility requirements & preferences. Students interested in being considered for this annual scholarship should indicate this through their application forms. Application deadline typically are typically in early to mid-November.


GoEuro Scholarship
Award amount up to £2,000
Offers a scholarship that is eligible for students applying to study abroad in the European Union or Schengen area. Students applying will also have the opportunity to enter their Instagram competition by posting a video/image, which represents the European country they’re going to study in. Application deadline is late January.


Private Scholarships

Not only are there are a number of campus-based scholarships and fee-reductions as well as national and private scholarships available to help fund study abroad. There are excellent search engines that offer scholarship and funding opportunities. These may not only be specific to study abroad but can be applied towards your study abroad program.


With a little research, you may find scholarship opportunities through your parents or your own activities.


Check to see if any family member's work or civic affiliations offer scholarships to relatives; such as:


Contact your local Chamber of Commerce for information on organizations and foundations offering scholarships.


There may also be specific resources to assist:

  • Minorities
  • Students with Disabilities
  • Non-Traditional Students



Student Loans


Direct Loan (Subsidized)

Loan amount up $5,500 per year
The Direct Loan (subsidized) is avaialbe to marticulated undergraduate students. Loans are awarded based on need. The FAFSA is used to apply. The loan is subsidized which means no interest accrues while the student is in school.


Direct Loan (Unsubsidized)
Loan amount varies
The Direct Loan (unsubsiized) is available to undergraduate and graduate students. Loans are awarded based on year of study. The FAFSA is used to apply. Similar to the subsidized loan but is not based on financial need and interest accrues on the loan while the student is enrolled in school.


Parent (PLUS) Loan
Loan amount varies
The Parent (PLUS) Loan is available to credit-worthy parents of financiallly dependent undergraduate students. Loans are awarded up to the cost of the abroad progra. The FAFSA is used to apply. Then the parent(s) will need to login afer June 1 to request a Direct PLUS Loan and complete the online credit check and application.


Perkins Loan
Loan amount up to $1,000 per year
The Perkins Loan is available to matriculated undergraduate and graduate students. Loans are awarded based on need. The FAFSA is used to apply. The loan is subsidized which means no interest accrues while the student is in school.


Private Loans
Loan amount varies
Private Loan(s) are available to undergraduate and graduate students - you can apply to any lender of your choice. Loans are awarded based on need. The federal government does not guarantee the loan, interest begins to accrue immediately on receipt of the loan and usually require a credit-worthy co-signer. 



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