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Financial Aid & Student Financial Awards

Financial Aid

Lone Star College has resources available to eligible students that help with the cost of studying abroad. Enrollment in a program of study abroad approved for credit by the home school may be considered enrollment in the home school for purposes of applying for federal student financial aid.

Study Abroad Student Financial Awards:

To help Lone Star College students pay for the LSC Study Abroad or Texas Gulf Coast International Education Consortium (TGCIE) study abroad program of their choice, students may be awarded a Study Abroad Student Financial Award if they meet certain requirements.  The award program is very competitive and funds are limited.  Need-based and merit-based awards are offered. 

The 2016-2017 Study Abroad Student Financial award funds have been exhausted. (Completed applications were due on the first Friday in October and the first Friday in November, 2016.) 

Students interested in studying abroad are not required to receive a financial award to participate on a Lone Star College study abroad program. Please contact the instructor in charge of the program that interests you for information on space availability and acceptance criteria.

Students are encouraged to obtain information regarding other financial assistance and scholarship resources for study abroad courses.

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship

Each year the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship awards undergraduate students who meet certain requirements and plan to participate on an eligible for-credit study abroad program during either the fall, spring or summer semesters or for a full academic year. The scholarship can be used to cover costs such as program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and international airfare.

Community college students participating on a study abroad program where they spend at least 14 days in one country are eligible as long as they meet the other requirements.

The following 2016-2017 LSC Study Abroad programs meet this requirement:

  • China
  • Italy
  • Spain

Gilman scholarship applications for Summer 2017 programs are due by the following dates:

  • October 4, 2016 (early application deadline for students seeking an earlier decision; application cycle opens mid-August 2016)
  • March 7, 2017 (regular application deadline; application cycle opens mid-January 2017)

For more information about eligibility and the application process visit the Gilman scholarship website.

A Lone Star College student has previously received a Gilman scholarship. Martha Ocampo, who was one of the Lone Star College students with the 2010-2011 Study Abroad Program to China, was the first Lone Star student to receive the scholarship. The selection process was very competitive with less than 20 percent of the applicants being awarded.

The scholarship is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education (IIE).