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.

Summer Pell

You may now receive full Federal Pell Grant funds for Summer 2018, even if you received a full Federal Pell Grant during the Fall and Spring semesters. Summer Pell will make it more affordable for you to enroll in the summer, and you can finish your degree faster.

Requirements:

  • Eligible for Pell Grant
  • Enroll in at least 6 hours total during the Summer.
  • Meet Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress. For more information about SAP please visit www.utrgv.edu/finaid

Important Note:  The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds is limited by a federal law to 12 full time semesters. You can log on to www.nslds.ed.gov to view your Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU).

UTRGV Financial Aid Office will review student records to determine eligibility for a Summer Pell award.  Summer awards will be based on full-time enrollment and award amounts will be adjusted or canceled once enrollment is confirmed and academic progress is reviewed. You will be notified by email once Summer awards are complete and you can review your award via your ASSIST account at www.my.utrgv.edu.

Summer Notification: https://enrollment.utrgv.edu/FA_Summer_Notification/

Tuition & Fees for Summer Courses: https://www.utrgv.edu/en-us/admissions/paying-for-college/tuition-fee-plans-summer/index.htm

Study Abroad Financial Aid Advisor
Marlee Olivarez
956-665-5256
marlee.olivarez01@utrgv.edu 

Scholarships

Scholarships available to UTRGV students are as follows:

  • International Education Fee Scholarship
    https://utrgv-horizons.symplicity.com/
    - Students must submit an application to study abroad program first, then will be available to access the scholarship application after their application for their program is submitted. 
    - Awards are announced in Mid-Spring for Summer programs and on a rolling basis for Semester programs.

External Funding:

  1. FAFSA
  2. Fund for Education Abroad
    ***2019 APPLICATION IS CLOSED***
  3. GILMAN Scholarship 2019:
    Application Deadline: March 5, 2019 (Summer 2019 Application)
    Applicant Notification: April 2019
  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.
     

Study Abroad Club

The Study Abroad Club is excied to kick-start their 2nd year as a non-profit organization for UTRGV students. Created to assist and guide members, who are interested in studying abroad, members can benefit from the SAC in assisting financially to help fund their educational experience through fundraising during the year. The Study Abroad Club members will be at the forefront of many fundraising opportunities and could fundraise up to $1,000 based on commitment, and motivation to study abroad. However, it does not stop at the $1,000 mark. Our organization will provide all the resources to allow members to maximize the highest amount possible to pay for their study abroad expenses. 

Two general meetings will be held, where students will learn about the SAC and about studying abroad. (dates and times TBA). Students from all majors and classifications are welcome to attend. Spots are limited.

Contact us:
Jaquelin Duenez, President
Jaquelin.duenez01@UTRGV.edu

Lizette Leal, Advisor
Lizette.leal01@UTRGV.edu