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Scholarships/Financial Aid

Scholarships and Financial Aid

SIT Scholarships and Your Financial Aid

NepalThis year, SIT will award nearly $1.3 million in scholarships and grants to SIT Study Abroad students. We encourage all qualified students to apply for our need-based scholarships.

SIT Study Abroad is committed to increasing access to international education and to ensuring you have the information you need to successfully access funding for your study abroad program with us. We offer a broad range of scholarships and grants, including our award winning Pell Grant Match. Scholarship awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.

SIT Study Abroad students finance their study abroad programs through a variety of resources, including but not limited to:

  • SIT Study Abroad scholarships and grants
  • Financial aid from their home colleges and universities
  • Private foundations and organizations
  • Personal and family funds

SIT Study Abroad’s Scholarship Office provides guidance on all aspects of funding your program throughout the application process.

Scholarship Deadlines

  • April 1 for summer programs 
  • May 15 for fall programs 
  • November 1 for spring programs

If you have questions, please contact:

Peder Rude, Financial Aid & Scholarship Coordinator

SIT Financial Aid Office
Tel: 802 258-3503
Tel: 888 272-7881 (toll-free in US)
Fax: 802 258-3296
Email: studyabroad.scholarships@sit.edu

The SIT Study Abroad scholarship application process has been fully integrated into our online program application.

For all students applying for SIT scholarships: Please make sure that you provide us with the name and email address of a financial aid officer at your home school. That person or office will be emailed a link to a secure web form where they will provide information about your financial aid at your home school. Additionally, please also make sure that you electronically sign and date the FERPA (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act) release to enable your home institution to provide us with that information.

If you are a US citizen or permanent resident, you must complete a FAFSA.

Please note that in order to complete a FAFSA application, you will need a PIN. Visit www.pin.ed.gov.

International students. If you are an international student, you are eligible for SIT Study Abroad scholarships but are ineligible for US federal student aid. Therefore, international students do not need to complete a FAFSA. During the program and scholarship application process, a web-based questionnaire will be emailed to the parent/guardian whose email address you give us. If this individual does not speak English, you may need to assist her/him in completing this form.

Scholarship application process. Scholarship applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Students are typically notified of our scholarship decision between 3 and 4 weeks after we receive all scholarship-related documentation and after admission has been offered to the desired SIT Study Abroad program.

SIT Study Abroad only awards need-based scholarships and grants. We do not offer merit-based awards. Average awards range between $500 and $5,000 for our semester programs, and between $500 and $3,000 for our summer programs. Our scholarships and grants are available to all students accepted into an SIT Study Abroad program irrespective of citizenship, national origin, or home school.

We do not require a separate scholarship application for each scholarship fund; accepted eligible students will be evaluated for all funds in which they are eligible.

This is a partial list of our scholarships and grants:

  • SIT Pell Grant Match Award — SIT matches Federal Pell Grant funding for all SIT semester programs to students who use their Pell Grant to help pay the cost of their SIT program.
  • The Compton Fund — For students enrolled in SIT programs with environmental, post-conflict transformation, or sustainable development themes.
  • SIT Engineering Scholarship — For students enrolled in undergraduate engineering programs who have demonstrated financial need.
  • The Experiment in International Living (EIL) Alumni Study Abroad Scholarship — To recognize and support alumni of EIL summer high school programs who also participate in SIT Study Abroad programs.
  • The Houston International Scholarship — For undergraduate students in any field or major from Houston, Texas, and surrounding areas.
  • HBCU Scholarships — For students enrolled at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
  • IHP Grant — Need-based grant assistance for students participating on an IHP /Comparative program.
  • The Middle East and Islamic Studies Scholarship — For students participating in programs with significant Middle Eastern and/or Islamic studies content.
  • The Richard & Dale Levy India Scholarship — For one student participating on a semester program in India.
  • Sally Bragg Baker Scholarship — For a female student on any semester program who demonstrates international awareness and a desire to create a more peaceful world through international exchange.
  • SIT Bonner Scholar Award — To recognize students participating in this community service program.
  • SIT Boren Scholar Award — To recognize students participating in the National Security Education Program (NSEP) funded award, which focuses on study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to US interests and underrepresented in study abroad.
  • SIT Fund — For students with demonstrated financial need who enroll in any SIT Study Abroad program. The SIT Fund aims to help promote study abroad opportunities worldwide.
  • SIT Cantor Scholarship — This $10,000 scholarship opportunity is for one student per semester. The student must demonstrate extreme financial need, attend an HBCU (or other minority serving institution), be a first-generation college student, and have never previously traveled abroad.
  • SIT Bergstrom Foundation Scholarship — These new scholarships are for students who wish to study in Latin America and focus primarily on health and/or other topics such as girls’ education, poverty, social justice, ecology, or regional integration.

SIT Study Abroad began its award winning Pell Grant Match program in 2010. The program offers matching funding to Pell Grant recipients to help pay for their SIT Study Abroad programs. Through this program, SIT provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to any SIT Study Abroad semester program.

The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate students to promote access to postsecondary education. SIT Study Abroad is committed to making its study abroad programs affordable for a diversity of students, including low-income undergraduates who might otherwise not pursue international opportunities. The Pell Grant Match Award allows us to place SIT’s high-quality, field-based study abroad programs within greater financial reach of a wider range of undergraduate students.

How to receive the SIT Pell Grant Match Award. In order to receive the Pell Grant Match, you must complete the scholarship section of your program application. This includes providing us with the name and email address of your financial aid officer at your home school and electronically signing and dating the FERPA release. Once a financial aid officer completes the web-based Financial Assessment Form with proof of your Pell Grant, SIT Study Abroad will match the semester amount of the grant dollar for dollar.

Your financial aid package at your home college or university may be transferrable to pay some or all of the costs associated with your SIT Study Abroad program.

Wondering where to start?

Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your home institution to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants, and federal and state aid programs, will be applied to your SIT Study Abroad program. Each college and university establishes its own policies for applying financial aid to study abroad. SIT is committed to working closely with the financial aid and study abroad offices of each student’s home institution to coordinate the financial resources available for a student’s international experience.

You should be aware that many colleges and universities require students to complete a consortium agreement in order for their financial aid to be transferred to SIT Study Abroad. If your home institution requires SIT to complete a consortium agreement, please contact your financial aid office and request that they forward their institutional consortia form to the SIT Study Abroad financial aid and scholarship coordinator (studyabroad.scholarships@sit.edu or fax to 802 258-3296). 

If you wish to transfer your institutional financial aid, you may be required to complete either a Transferable Funds Information Sheet or a Proof of Aid Letter by the SIT student accounts office. (This requirement varies depending on the home institution.) These documents may enable a portion or all of your bill to be deferred until your financial aid is disbursed by your home institution. If you are required to complete one of these forms, you will be informed of this after you have been offered admission to your SIT program.

Please note that it is each student’s responsibility to understand the policies of his or her home institution and to follow the home institution’s designated procedures related to financial aid and study abroad in a timely manner.

SIT Study Abroad has identified a list of organizations that provide scholarships for undergraduate study abroad. If you feel you may qualify for any of these scholarships, you should contact that particular organization directly.

National Scholarships - General

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for US citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare US students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. Undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at 2-year or 4-year colleges or universities are eligible to apply.

Boren Awards for International Study
Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to US undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to US interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central  and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and countries in western Europe are excluded.

Boren Scholars study less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili.

Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to US national security. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to US national security, broadly defined. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.

More information and application materials are available on the Boren website.

Foundation for Global Scholars 
At the time of applying for any of the Foundation for Global Scholars scholarships listed below, you must be enrolled in a North American college or university where transfer credit from an academic program abroad will be applied to your degree being earned. You also must be a US or Canadian citizen.

Fund for Education Abroad
The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) was created in order to open doors for deserving education abroad students; FEA awards funds for students planning to study abroad on any academically rigorous programs. Designed by the FEA Advisory Board, FEA scholarships are intended to meet the financial needs of students who might not be eligible for government grants or existing funds limited to specific programs or groups of students.

GSF Student Grant (The Global Studies Grant for Student Travel and Study Abroad)
Designed to support foreign language training and other academic studies abroad, this grant provides supplemental funds for American students who already are studying abroad under the auspices of an official study abroad program conducted by an accredited academic institution.

Go Overseas Scholarships
Go Overseas scholarships are available to students currently enrolled in, or in the process of applying to, study abroad programs and award up to $1,000. Go Overseas also has a Teach Abroad Scholarship and a Volunteer Abroad Scholarship for students with a focus on international studies and/or education.

National Scholarships – Specific to Region

The Brazil Initiation Scholarship (BIS)
BIS is a key component of the Brazilian Studies Association’s (BRASA) agenda to expand Brazilian Studies in the United States. BRASA invites applications from graduate and undergraduate students for a one-time $1,500 travel scholarship to do exploratory research or language study in Brazil. This scholarship targets aspiring Brazilianists with relatively little or no experience in Brazil. It seeks to contribute to the student’s initial trip (for a period from six weeks to three months), to heighten the student’s interest in Brazil, and deepen his/her commitment to Brazilian studies in the United States. Students are encouraged to combine this scholarship with other grants or awards. Recipients will be recognized during the awards ceremony of the next BRASA international congress in Brasilia. Funding will be disbursed prior to travel. BRASA will award up to four fellowships in this competition.

National Scholarships – Specific to Diversity

Diversity Resource Search Engine

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The Marion Wright Edelman Scholarship (for a person of minority background)
Please visit the following websites for more information:

The National Italian American Foundations
For Italian American students who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements. Area of study: open.

Point Foundation – The National LGBT Scholarship Fund
Point Foundation provides financial support, leadership training, mentoring and hope to meritorious students who are marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression. You do not need straight A's to apply but we are looking for individuals who have proven leadership skills, excellent scholastic achievements and want to make a difference in the world. All applicants are evaluated on the totality of their situation including, academic accomplishments, financial, emotional and social need, extracurricular activities, personal circumstances and goals for the future. This website provides link to a number of different resources geared towards LGBTQ students.

Pride Foundation
Pride’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and straight-allied scholarship program is one of the largest of its kind in the country. We partner with the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA), to administer and award scholarships. Together Pride Foundation and GSBA have awarded more than $2.2 million to over 650 recipients since 1991. For Pacific Northwest students (WA, OR, ID, MT, AK).

Study Abroad Funding Websites & Databases

Thank you for your interest in SIT Study Abroad. We are honored that you and your family are considering one of our experiential, field-based programs.

We understand that you may have funding questions and that you may want more details about scholarships and financial aid.

Please be aware that SIT Study Abroad is committed to student privacy and that SIT is legally bound by the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The conditions specified in the FERPA regulations have to be met before a school may non-consensually disclose personally identifiable information from education records in connection with any of the exceptions mentioned in the excerpts from FERPA’s website below.

If your child is considered to be an “independent student” as defined by the Internal Revenue Service, SIT Study Abroad is obliged to request that your child sign a FERPA release for us to share scholarship and financial aid information with you.

From the FERPA website:

“FERPA… permits a school to disclose personally identifiable information from education records of an "eligible student" (a student age 18 or older or enrolled in a postsecondary institution at any age) to his or her parents if the student is a "dependent student" as that term is defined in Section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code. Generally, if either parent has claimed the student as a dependent on the parent's most recent income tax statement, the school may non-consensually disclose the student's education records to both parents.

There are… other exceptions to FERPA's prohibition against non-consensual disclosure of personally identifiable information from education records, some of which are briefly mentioned below. Under certain conditions (specified in the FERPA regulations, 34 CFR Part 99), a school may non-consensually disclose personally identifiable information from education records:

  • in connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or received;
  • to organizations conducting studies for or on behalf of the school making the disclosure for the purposes of… administering student aid programs… ;
 

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