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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Studying abroad can be affordable! Many programs offer the same tuition rates as Kent State, and some even have lower tuition. Once you have found the right program for you, you can start saving for it and making a budget or financial plan. Students who have studied abroad say that it was “worth every penny”. 

Financial Aid

For the CCI Florence Program and other approved Kent State programs, it is possible to use your federal financial aid. Please use the following information to help you be informed about using financial aid for studying abroad.  

Education Abroad & Student Financial Aid

It is also possible to apply most of your Kent State scholarships to study abroad. If you receive a tuition waiver, that can also apply to be eligible to study abroad. Also if you receive Post 9/11 GI Bill funds, you may be able to use that money to help you pay for your study abroad experience, be sure to read this sheet that explains what GI Bill funds might be covered. 

For more information on Financial Aid, please contact Financial Aid Counselor Alana Thompson at or 330-672-3209.


There are many opportunities to apply for study abroad scholarships. The listing provided is not a comprehensive list, so you are encouraged to search for additional scholarships. Remember that some scholarships have early deadlines, so start looking for them soon and get busy filling out applications. Let everyone know you are in school and that you are making plans to study abroad. You may have neighbors or distant relatives who know of scholarships you could apply for.

Remember that money is money – it doesn’t have to be a “Study Abroad Scholarship” to apply toward a study abroad. You’re still paying tuition here in Kent. Any financial aid will help. And remember, money adds up. Ask for travel money on your birthdays, and before you know it, you’ll have a weekend trip from Florence to Paris paid for.

Also setting aside just $35 each week for three years (How easy is that?), you’ll have more than $5,000 at the end of your junior year. That’s enough to cover your food and travel expenses (think all over Europe) for a whole semester abroad or more than enough to cover all expenses for most Faculty-led programs.