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Study Abroad Financial Award Application

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:

Lone Star College offers a limited number of competitive financial awards to LSC students admitted to a Lone Star College Study Abroad Program for academic credit to assist with program fees. Submission of one application will allow students to be considered for all eligible awards. If selected, students will receive only one of the following awards:

  • Merit-based award: $1000
  • Need-based award (for FAFSA Pell Grant Recipients): $1400
  • Partnership Award (students on Chile or Spain/Portugal/Gibraltar programs only): $1600

Awards will be applied directly to a studentís program fees and cannot be used toward tuition. If selected, students must pay all required deposits. Award can only be used toward final trip balance. Contact the program faculty for deposit amount, deadlines, and other trip costs. Use the budget worksheet as a tool for planning your trip costs.

Students interested in studying abroad are not required to receive a financial award to participate on a Lone Star College study abroad program.

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

The Second Round of the Study Abroad Financial Award Application is Now Open! Apply Today!

Deadline to Apply: Completed Study Abroad Financial Award application and supporting documents must be received by 11:59 PM on Monday, January 20, 2020.

Students who applied by the November 17th deadline will be notified of their application status before the Winter Break.

Steps to Apply for the Financial Award:

  1. Apply and be admitted into a LSC Study Abroad program by contacting the program faculty.
  2. Review the Study Abroad Financial Award Eligibility Criteria, Application Instructions, and Award Requirements to ensure youíre eligible before applying and for the expectations if youíre awarded.
  3. Request recommendations from professors/teachers
  4. Apply for FAFSA if you want to be considered for a need-based award
  5. Fill out online award application

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship & Gilman-McCain Scholarship for Children of Military Families

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 fees, tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and international airfare.

Additionally, beginning in 2019, the U.S. Department of State has launched the Gilman-McCain Scholarship for eligible child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs.

Community college students participating on a study abroad programs of at least 14 days (not including travel days) are eligible as long as they meet the other requirements of each of the scholarships.

The following 2019-2020 LSC Study Abroad Programs meet this requirement:

Eligibility requirements vary depending on the type of Gilman scholarship. For more information about eligibility and the application process visit:

A Lone Star College student has previously received a Gilman International 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 administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

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