Financial aid and study abroad
Augustana College believes that cost should not be a prohibitive factor which keeps students from experiencing the transformational power of off-campus and international study. We recognize that each student faces unique challenges which might impact a decision to study away from our campus, but we are working to remove financial concerns from the decision-making process through Augie Choice and other grant opportunities.
The cost of the international and off-campus study programs at Augustana varies depending on location, program design, length of stay, and value of the dollar abroad. For students traveling on trimester away programs, the same financial aid package which students receive on campus remains available to them while away. Standard financial aid packages cannot be used for summer programs or short-term (break) programs, however there are other grant opportunities students should consider.
For students who participate in an Augustana international study program, the Office of Financial Assistance determines increased need and allows greater eligibility for student loans and college work programs. Students may also be eligible for Augustana financial aid with approved Augustana exchange programs.
Financial aid for international study
This program offers Augustana students $2,000 in funding for all approved study abroad, internship or research programs. This program is not competitive, and all eligible students who apply will be granted the Augie Choice fund. Students are eligible for Augie Choice after completing 6 terms (or 60 credits) at Augustana. Transfer students are eligible after completing 3 terms (or 30 credits) at Augustana, however some international programs provide Augie Choice eligibility during the sophomore year. Information on eligibility is available on each program's webpage.
Freistat Grants provide funds for both research programs and language immersion programs. Students interested in the summer language programs in Ecuador or Dijon, external summer language immersion programs, or Augustana exchange programs in Germany, Sweden, Japan or Hong Kong should consider applying for a Freistat Center Grant. A minimum of 6 weeks in country and 6 credits of language coursework is required for Freistat language immersion grants. Applications for the upcoming year are due during winter term.
The ATLAS-Africa Grant program provides one-time grants of $2,000 to students who are enrolled in an approved experiential learning program on the African continent. Applications for this grant are due in the 7th week of fall term each year for upcoming programs held during Augustana's spring break or during the upcoming summer. Students work with a faculty mentor to complete a 1-credit pre-departure independent study course as well as a post-program 2-credit directed study as part of the ATLAS program.
IOP Passport Grants
The IOP Grant program offers $1,000 scholarships for students with demonstrated financial need. Students enrolling in any Augustana program during the upcoming winter's application cycle may apply but preference is given to students participating in summer or short/break travel where no standard "on-campus" financial aid is available.
Applications for this grant are due by the final day of classes each fall term for all programs offered the following year. Awards are announced in December, allowing students to apply for the grant and receive confirmation of their award prior to the January enrollment date for study abroad programs. At present 10 grants are awarded each year. Download the application.
Financial aid and non-Augustana programs
Study abroad programs that are independent of those offered at Augustana have financial assistance implications. Students who enter into a study abroad program with other universities or program providers are not eligible for institutional assistance from Augustana. In some cases, however, students can retain their eligibility for state and/or federal assistance if the programs meet certain criteria. Students should discuss any plans for a non-Augustana study away program with the International & Off-Campus Programs Office as well as with the Office of Financial Assistance
External financial aid databases
FinAid provides scholarship searches and extensive information about financial aid links.
FastWeb provides free customized scholarship search.
International Education Financial Aid provides free searches for scholarships for study abroad.
StudyAbroad.com has a resource page that is very helpful, with links to several good sites.
GoOverseas.com also has an extensive list of scholarships and grants.
National scholarships and grants
Gilman Scholarships are available to students who also receive federal Pell Grants and who are enrolled in a study abroad program with at least 1 month in a single country. These competetive scholarships require application at least one semester (term) prior to the program. There are also designated scholarships for summer study abroad programs. Due to the competitive nature of these grants, Augustana's International & Off-Campus programs must limit its support for the Gilman Grant applications to students with a 3.50 GPA or higher.
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
The American Association of Teachers of Japanese is a professional association that offers resources for studying Japan and its culture, including undergraduate scholarships.
Freeman Scholarships offers scholarships for undergraduates with financial need to study in Asia.
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides comprehensive information on study abroad, degree study and scholarships in Germany.
The Fund for Education Abroad provides scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the US study abroad population.