Funding your program

With personal funding, your on-campus financial aid package and education abroad scholarships, studying abroad can be affordable! Begin the process by attending one of the workshops listed below to learn which education abroad scholarships you are eligible for and how to make your scholarship application competitive, as well as how your loans and grants can apply to education abroad costs. Take time to look over the full list of available scholarships and see the FAQs to find the answers to your most important questions, including this year's scholarship essay question.

Education Abroad Application and Scholarship Deadlines

  • Winter 2016-17, Spring 2017: September 23, 2016
  • Spring Break 2017: October 14, 2016
  • Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Full Year 2017-2018: February 3, 2017
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Education Abroad Scholarships

Scholarships are open to all full-time students on any approved education abroad program.  Click here to see scholarship FAQs, available scholarships and eligibility requirements.

It is highly unlikely that a single source of funding will pay for an entire international experience.  Education abroad scholarships can supplement your existing strategies for funding your education abroad, but you should not count on receiving the full cost for your program through education abroad scholarships.
Remember: You must complete a program application before you are eligible to complete a scholarship application. Your application to your program does NOT have to be approved before submitting your scholarship application.  The scholarship deadline and application deadline are on the same day.
Contact the Scholarship Office at msu.scholarships@murraystate.edu for more information on using your existing aid for education abroad.

Scholarship and Budget Workshops

Education Abroad Scholarship and Budget Workshops:
Learn about the scholarship application process, discuss the essay question, and find out how to make your application as competitive as possible.  Representatives from the Financial Aid and Scholarship Offices are present to help complete the required Budget Sheet.
 
April 26 and 27, 2016, 3:00-4:30pm,
Curris Center Ohio Room
September 6 and 7, 2016, 3:00-4:30 pm,
Curris Center Cumberland Room
October 3 and 4, 2016, 3:00-4:30pm,
Curris Center Cumberland Room
November 15 and 16, 2016, 3:00-4:30pm,
Curris Center Cumberland Room
January 24 and 25, 2017, 3:00-4:30pm,
Curris Center Cumberland Room

Deadlines

Education Abroad Application and Scholarship Deadlines

  • Winter 2016-17, Spring 2017: September 23, 2016
  • Spring Break 2017: October 14, 2016
  • Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Full Year 2017-2018: February 3, 2017

Using your existing financial aid

Federal financial aid can apply to the cost of some education abroad programs. Grants and loans that you currently receive may be used for some programs abroad. Contact the MSU Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility or to complete your FAFSA at msu.sfa@murraystate.edu

As part of the application, every student completes a budget sheet which helps you understand the costs associated with your program and helps you start to plan for how you will pay for it.  The Financial Aid Office and Scholarship Office complete a section of your budget sheet to let you know if you have existing Murray State aid that you can use.

Other ways to fund your experience

  • Yourself! Every term students are able fund some or all of their experience through hard work and dedication to the idea of studying abroad.  Part time jobs, yard sales, bake sales, babysitting, cutting down on unnecessary spending, and asking for the financial support of family, friends, religious and civic organizations can help answer the question “how can I afford this?”
  • Crowdsourcing. Sites like FundMyTravel help you reach a wider audience through social media and accept donations online from friends and family.
  • Tuition waivers and other benefits. If you receive KEES money, veteran’s benefits, university tuition waivers or other sources of funding to pay for your MSU education, you may be able to apply those benefits to studying abroad. See the Scholarship Office or Veteran's Affairs for help.