The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

International Programs and Partnerships Office of Global Engagement

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Funding for Study Abroad 

Financing a Study Abroad trip almost always seems impossible or unobtainable. But it does not need to be. Financial Aid may assist qualifying students make studying abroad a possibility. Keep in mind that the financial aid programs that a student is eligible for are the same for all students, including students participating in study abroad. However, some students may still have additional loan eligibility for the academic year that has not been used and may be eligible to request additional aid in the form of student loans. Students are also encouraged to apply for scholarships at UTRGV as well as external scholarship funds.

Financial Aid

Make sure to complete your FASFA if you have not done so. Keep in mind that you must be in Good Standing (SAP) and submit a summer notification beginning January 2. Once you have made a decision to participate in a Study Abroad Program, set-up an appointment with a financial aid advisor to discuss what additional loan options you have available to make your trip possible. Things to keep in mind are that student loans require at least 6 hours of enrollment and loans are always split in two equal disbursements. Also, your Study Abroad class should count towards your degree and you should not graduate prior to your trip.


Scholarships available to UTRGV students are as follows:

  • International Education Fee Scholarship
    - When you apply to study abroad, you will also apply for this scholarship.
    - Awards are announced in Early Spring for Summer programs and on a rolling basis for Semester programs.

External Funding:

  1. FAFSA
  2. Fund for Education Abroad
    Application Opens: November 15th, 2017
    Application Deadline: January 10th, 2018 
  3. GILMAN Scholarship 2017:
    Application Deadline: October 4, 2017 (Summer 2018 Early Application)
    Application Deadline: March 7, 2018 (Summer 2018 Application)
    Applicant Notification: February 2018
  4. Boren Awards
  5. Scholarship & Financial Aid for Minority Students
  6. General Study Abroad Scholarships
  7. U.S. Study Abroad Scholarships & Grants List
  8. 63 Study ABroad Grants & Scholarships
  9. Critical Language Scholarship
    The CLS Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 14 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.

    CLS, a program of the U.S. Department of State, is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century's globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness.

    Deadline: November 15th, 2017 by 7:59 PM EST