TU financial aid can be applied toward TU exchanges and programs, and Non-TU programs. If you currently receive financial aid, you simply take it with you when you study abroad. Students who do not already receive financial aid, should consult with a TU financial aid advisor to review their options. The advisors can help you to complete and submit the federal "FAFSA" form in order to apply for financial aid.
When you have determined which study abroad program or exchange you would like to apply to, ask your Study Abroad Advisor to complete a "Study Abroad Budget". Your budget will help the TU Financial Aid Office to determine your financial aid award package for your term abroad.
Each year, Towson University awards scholarships to TU students for study abroad. Many program providers also offer scholarships for students participating on their programs. Please talk with a Study Abroad Advisor about these opportunities or refer to the program provider’s website or publications for details. Here are some scholarships and loan options you may be interested in pursuing:
IMPORTANT: Tuition remission can only be applied to TU Exchanges.
TU Institutional Study Abroad Scholarship (PDF) Open to all TU undergraduate degree-seeking students.
Must hold a minimum cumulative grade point average of
3.0 to apply. Scholarship recipients are expected to assist
the TU Study Abroad Office in promoting study abroad following
their return. Scholarships are available for the Fall, spring,
academic year, summer, and Minimester. Awards range from
$400 - $750 for short-term programs and $500 - $1,200 for semester and year programs.
TU Dr. Armin Mruck Scholarship (CLA Student Exchange Program)
Open to TU undergraduate degree-seeking students pursuing a major in the College of Liberal Arts. Must hold a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 to apply. Eligible students will be automatically considered upon submission of the TU Institutional Study Abroad Scholarship application. Scholarships are available for the Fall, spring,
academic year, summer, and Minimester. Awards range from
$300 - $450.
TU Frank J. Sanders Scholarship
Open to all TU undergraduate degree-seeking students.
Preference is given to students studying in Latin America.
Must hold a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 to apply. Eligible students will be automatically considered upon submission of the TU Institutional Study Abroad Scholarship application. Scholarships are available for the Fall, spring,
academic year, summer, and Minimester. Awards range from $300 - $450.
TU in Italy American University of Rome Scholarship
Open to TU undergraduate degree-seeking students participating in the TU in Italy Rome program. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 required. Eligible students will be automatically considered upon submission of the TU Institutional Study Abroad Scholarship Application. Fall or spring semesters only.
TU in Italy Lorenzo de' Medici Scholarship
Open to TU undergraduate degree-seeking students participating in the TU in Italy Florence, Tuscania, Venice, or Three Cities program. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 required. Eligible students will be automatically considered upon submission of the TU Institutional Study Abroad Scholarship Application. Fall or spring semesters only. Several $1,500 awards are available each semester.
TU Graduate Study Abroad Scholarship (PDF)
Open to all TU graduate degree-seeking students earning academic credit while abroad. Scholarship recipients will be encouraged to assist the TU Study Abroad Office in promoting study abroad following their return. Scholarships are available for the Fall, spring, academic year, summer, and Minimester.
TU Honors College Study Abroad Scholarship Open to all TU undergraduate degree-seeking members of the TU Honors College. Scholarships are available for the Fall, Spring, Summer and Minimester. Students must submit an Honors College Study Abroad Approval Form to the Honors College in order to be considered. Scholarships are available for the Fall, spring,
academic year, summer, and Minimester.
TU UK-Direct Newcastle University Scholarships
The Napolitano and US Friends scholarships are offered to US students studying abroad at Newcastle University. Fall, spring, academic year. Awards are £1,500 (approx. $2,400) or £3,000 (approx. $4,700).
Boren Fellowships Funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), Boren Fellowships are open to U.S. graduate degree-seeking students studying or conducting research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and/or studying less commonly taught languages. Students studying abroad in Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are not eligible to apply. Twelve weeks to one year.
Boren Scholarships Funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), Boren Scholarships are open to U.S. undergraduate degree-seeking students studying in world regions critical to U.S. interests and/or studying less commonly taught languages.Students studying abroad in Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are not eligible to apply. Fall, spring, summer (minimum eight weeks - science, technology, engineering, and mathematics students ONLY), academic year.
The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers scholarships to U.S. undergraduate degree-seeking students studying abroad in Japan.
Fall, spring, academic year.
BUTEX Scholarship BUTEX
(British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association) offers scholarships for students currently registered at an
institution in the USA or Canada. To be eligible to apply you must
have been offered a place as a study abroad or exchange student at
a UK university which is a member of BUTEX for at least one semester. The value of each scholarship
is £500 and will be paid to the recipients once they have arrived
and registered at their host university.
Critical Language Scholarship Program
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers fully funded intensive summer language institutes overseas in critical need foreign languages for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master's and Ph.D students. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. The CLS Program does not have any government service requirement upon completion, however, it is expected that participants will continue to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their future academic and professional careers.
DAAD grants for study and research in Germany are available to faculty and students from Canada and the United States. Scholars participate in a wide variety of academic activities to promote international academic relations and cooperation.
DiversityAbroad.com Study Abroad Scholarships DiversityAbroad.com has partnered with several organizations to offer study abroad grants and scholarships. Scholarships are only available for students studying or interning abroad on programs offered by a Diversity Abroad member organization. Economically disadvantaged students, African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic/Latino and Native-American students are strongly encouraged to apply.
The FEA is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships. Preference is given to students participating in programs tha
t include studying the language of the host country (if not English) and/or a sustainable service-learning or volunteering component, programs in non-traditional destinations, and applicants who demonstrate financial need.
FEA also strongly encourages students to apply who represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad.
Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad
Gilman Scholarships expand opportunities for study abroad for students whose demonstrated financial need might otherwise preclude them from such an experience. The scholarship provides awards to undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with
the average award being $4,000.
GO! Study Abroad Scholarship
GO! Overseas is proud to support international education through scholarships available to students participating in study abroad programs. Scholarships are awarded each year. The scholarship is awarded based on the creativity and analytical thinking displayed through writing samples and/or video submissions. The award for each scholarship is $1,000.
The Killam Fellowships Program provides an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate students in the United States to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in Canada. The award is $5,000 per semester.
LIVFund Scholarship LivFund
is a non-profit organization that offers scholarship opportunities for study, intern, or volunteer activities in Latin America.
The Maryland 2000 Commission established a scholarship fund for MIEA to award to Maryland college students participating in study abroad programs. Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen, a resident of the State of
Maryland, enrolled in a degree-seeking program at a Maryland institution of higher learning, hold at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA, and have completed at least 12 credits in his/her program.Scholarships are available for fall, spring, academic year and summer programs (minimum of 6 weeks in length). The average award level is approximately $500 - $1,000.
National Italian American Foundation The awards made on the basis of academic merit and are open to: Italian American students, and students from any ethnic background majoring or minoring in Italian language, Italian studies, Italian American studies or a related field.
National Society of Collegiate Scholars Offers multiple types of scholarships to NSCS members, including specific scholarships for students studying abroad (Scholar Abroad Scholarship and Scholar at Sea Scholarship).
National Welsh American Foundation
The NWAF offers a scholarship provided through the Lloyd
Family Travel Scholarship fund. Scholarship awards are up to $1,000 to cover travel to Wales and expenses incurred in undertaking studies related to Welsh American history and culture. Find information on the
NWAF website, under "Funding Projects."
Open to residents of the State of Maryland studying abroad at Carl Von Ossietsky University in Oldenburg, Germany. Winners will receive €200
per month during their studies at the University of Oldenburg. To apply, submit the following to
the TU Study Abroad Office: one page essay describing
your degree program including your major and courses taken; official transcript, a
letter from your German language professor describing your
language ability; a letter of recommendation from a professor.
Application deadlines: October 15 for Spring, March
15 for Fall.
Andrew's Society of Washington D.C.
The St. Andrew Society of Washington D.C. awards the Donald Malcolm MacArthur Scholarship of $2,500 to an American student studying in Scotland. Students do not need to be a member of this society to apply, but must be a resident in the Mid-Atlantic region (District of Columbia, the States of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North
Carolina, West Virginia, and the Commonwealths of Pennsylvania and Virginia) and be of Scottish birth or descent. There are multiple chapters of the St. Andrew Society for those that do not reside in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Other Scholarship and Financial Aid Resources
Distinguished Scholarships and Awards A database of prestigious national scholarships and tips on how to have a competative application. This list is managed by the TU Honors College, though you do not have to be an Honors student to apply.
A comprehensive directory of tens of thousands of scholarships, grants and fellowships sponsored by educational institutions, non-profit organizations, foundations and interest groups throughout the nation.
FundMyTravel is an online crowdfunding platform that allows you to create a customizable campaign highlighting your destination, program type and reasons for wanting to study abroad for the purposes of fundraising.