Financial Aid and Scholarships

Studying abroad can be affordable!  Many programs offer the same tuition rates as Kent State, and some programs even have lower tuition.

Financial Aid

It is possible to use your federal financial aid to go on Kent State approved programs.   The Student Financial Aid Office has provided the following document to help inform students about using financial aid abroad.

Education Abroad & Student Financial Aid booklet

It is also possible to use most Kent State scholarships for study abroad costs. If you receive a tuition waiver, that can also be applied to eligible study abroad programs.  It is important to note that if you do receive a tuition waiver, you must make sure to tell your Education Abroad Advisor.

If you receive Post 9/11 GI Bill funds, you may be able to use that money to help pay for study abroad.   The US Department of Veterans Affairs has created a sheet to explain what GI Bill funds might cover.


If you plan on studying abroad for any period of time, you can calculate your estimated program costs as well as your estimated financial aid using the Cost Calculator.  This step by step tool will use your information to estimate total out of pocket expenses or an estimated refund for current or future terms. Please see the following link to access the Cost Calculator and instructions:

For more information, contact Financial Aid Counselor Jessica Russell at or (330) 672-0514. Or visit the "Steps to Receive Financial Aid for Education Abroad Programs" page here:


There are many opportunities to apply for study abroad scholarships. The listing provided is not a comprehensive list, so students are encouraged to search for additional scholarships. It is important to start researching scholarships early, as many have early deadlines of up to a year in advance.

The Office of Global Education is proud to announce financial assistance in the form of two unique Education Abroad Scholarships for disadvantaged Kent State students interested in a study abroad experience.

Additionally, some study abroad programs include scholarships that help pay for things such as tuition or flights. These programs can be found by going to the Program Search page and selecting ‘Yes’ in the parameter box that says Program Specific Scholarship.