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Take the guess work out of applying for IES Abroad financial aid and study abroad scholarships. Let us do the work for you!

We have many different aid programs and each program has its own eligibility requirements. Use the online aid application below to tell us a bit about yourself and upload the documents described below so we can determine every aid possibility for which you are eligible. Within five business days, you will hear from us confirming your eligibility.  Apply early - funds are limited.

Aid Application Deadlines

  • Summer - April 1
  • Fall/Academic Year - May 1
  • Spring/Calendar Year - November 1

Applications must be received and complete by midnight Central Time of the deadline date.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED TO APPLY

Personal Statement
Submit a creative personal statement of no more than 500 words describing your goals for studying abroad in your selected location. We would like to know how you are uniquely qualified to receive IES Abroad financial aid and how our aid will help you reach your stated goals. If applicable, include information about your background and/or how you have overcome adversity as a traditionally under-represented student. Traditionally under-represented students in study abroad include, but are not limited to, students identifying by a certain race, sex, color, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, marital status, national origin or ancestry, ethnic origin or veteran status.   IMPORTANT - Your name MUST appear on any document you submit or your application will be rejected.

Current Aid Information
In order to determine your eligibility for some of our aid categories, we need to see an official document that details your current financial aid profile. Listed below are four documents that we will accept that provide the aid information we need.  You only need to upload one document, but that document must have all of the information that is listed on the example.  No other documents will be accepted and documents with missing or incomplete information will be rejected. IMPORTANT - Your name MUST appear on any document you submit or your application will be rejected.

Upload one of the following:

  • Student Aid Report (SAR)
    If you submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) then you have access to a Student Aid Report (SAR).  Click here for more information on the SAR.
     
  • Financial Aid Award Letter
    If you have been offered financial aid from your current school, you should have received an award letter detailing your aid package.  Click here to see an acceptable sample award letter.  Make sure your letter contains all of the information that is shown in the example.
     
  • Shopping Sheet
    Some schools provide a document known as a shopping sheet.  This document lists all of the aid you have been offered, along with other important details.  Click here to see an example of a shopping sheet.  Ask your financial aid office if they can provide you with a copy of your shopping sheet.
     
  • Student Aid Profile Document
    If you are receiving aid from your current school and are unable to provide any of the above documents, you can use our Student Aid Profile document.  Take it to your financial aid office and ask them to complete it and return it to you.

Special Instructions for International Students
Non-US citizens attending a college or university in the US and participating in an aid-eligible standard IES Abroad program are eligible to be considered for IES Abroad aid.  If none of the above documents apply to you, please upload an explanation of how you are funding your education.  Please mention all sources of funding - family, government, outside scholarships, etc.

IMPORTANT - Federal guidelines require that any document detailing student financial aid data must be submitted by the student to IES Abroad.  Your school cannot send us your aid information directly.

Additional Materials

Based on how you answer the aid application questions, you may be required to upload additional required documents.

Exclusions

Customized Programs and Full-Time Semester Internship programs are ineligible for any IES Abroad aid.
Applicants to January Term programs will only be considered for need-based aid, if eligible; maximum award $500.

Questions? Email [email protected].

Financial Aid Application

Use the online aid application below to tell us a bit about yourself so we can determine every aid possibility for which you are eligible. IMPORTANT - your name must be on every document you submit.  Your aid application will not be processed if your name is missing from any document.

If you have difficulty attaching documents or submitting this form, please email a screenshot of your answers along with your supporting documents to [email protected]. All submitted documents become the property of IES Abroad and will not be returned to applicants.

Your EFC will appear at the top of the Student Aid Report (SAR) that you received after your FAFSA was processed.
Please note that preference for most of our aid programs is given to Pell Grant recipients.
Please upload a copy of your diploma or transcript.
Files must be less than 1000 KB.
Allowed file types: jpg jpeg pdf doc docx.
Write a response to the following question and statement: Ellen Ochoa is an award-winning researcher and engineer whose honors include the Hispanic Engineer Albert Baez Award for Outstanding Technical Contribution to Humanity (1995), the Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award (1995), and the Women in Aerospace Outstanding Achievement Award (1997). She is also the first female Hispanic American astronaut. Although she faced obstacles in her youth, she believed that her education provided her with the tools she needed to succeed, declaring that her "opportunities were a result of having a good educational background" because "education is what allows you to stand out." To her, education gives a person the tools needed to succeed. Indeed, when asked about being the first of a particular group, she stressed the commonalities more than differences: 'What everyone in the astronaut corps shares in common is not gender or ethnic background, but motivation, perseverance, and desire - the desire to participate in a voyage of discovery. Read the selection carefully and then write a one to two page essay in which you describe how your education thus far has led you on a "voyage of discovery" and how you think participating in a study abroad program will further aid you in this voyage. IMPORTANT - Your name MUST appear on any document you submit or your application will be rejected.
Files must be less than 1000 KB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx.
Write a response to the following question and statement: Ellen Ochoa is an award-winning researcher and engineer whose honors include the Hispanic Engineer Albert Baez Award for Outstanding Technical Contribution to Humanity (1995), the Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award (1995), and the Women in Aerospace Outstanding Achievement Award (1997). She is also the first female Hispanic American astronaut. Although she faced obstacles in her youth, she believed that her education provided her with the tools she needed to succeed, declaring that her "opportunities were a result of having a good educational background" because "education is what allows you to stand out." To her, education gives a person the tools needed to succeed. Indeed, when asked about being the first of a particular group, she stressed the commonalities more than differences: 'What everyone in the astronaut corps shares in common is not gender or ethnic background, but motivation, perseverance, and desire - the desire to participate in a voyage of discovery. Read the selection carefully and then write a one to two page essay in which you describe how your education thus far has led you on a "voyage of discovery" and how you think participating in a study abroad program will further aid you in this voyage. IMPORTANT - Your name MUST appear on any document you submit or your application will be rejected.
Files must be less than 1000 KB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx.
Write a study proposal concerning an urban issue that you intend to study while you are abroad. The project should involve a comparison of an urban issue across two or more cultures. Include a brief annotated bibliography, detail your background reading and provide evidence of prior work in urban studies (e.g. previous projects, relevant courses). IMPORTANT - Your name MUST appear on any document you submit or your application will be rejected.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx.
Application Materials:
Your name MUST appear on all documents.
Upload one of the approved aid documents listed on our website. No other document will be accepted and documents with missing or incomplete information will be rejected. IMPORTANT - Your name MUST appear on any document you submit or your application will be rejected.
Files must be less than 1000 KB.
Allowed file types: jpg jpeg pdf doc docx.
Submit a creative personal statement of no more than 500 words describing your goals for studying or interning abroad in your selected location. The donors providing these scholarships would like to know how you are uniquely qualified to receive their aid. If applicable, include information about your background and/or how you have overcome adversity as a traditionally under-represented student. Traditionally under-represented students in study abroad include, but are not limited to, students identifying by a certain race, sex, color, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, age, marital status, national origin or ancestry, ethnic origin or veteran status. IMPORTANT - Your name MUST appear on any document you submit or your application will be rejected.
Files must be less than 1000 KB.
Allowed file types: pdf doc docx.
By entering your initials in the space below you confirm that your name is clearly displayed on every document you are submitting with your aid application. If your name is missing from any document, your application will be rejected. Enter your initials in the space below.