Before you begin applying for a program, it is important to think about the different funding sources that you may have available to you to cover the costs of your program. We've outlined some of the most common sources that other Pitt students use to fund their experiences but this list is not exhaustive.
Scholarships, Grants, and Other Financial Aid
If you receive any scholarships or financial aid from the University,or any state or federal grants, there is a very good chance that you will be able to use it towards your global experience. The total dollar amount that you are able to use will be dependent on a variety of factors like the cost of your program and the rules for each funding source.
As you think about funding your experience, be sure to look into the various University of Pittsburgh scholarships by visiting the Pitt Fund$ Me portal.
Federal and Private Student Loans
Because study abroad programs are considered educational experiences, most costs related to participating are eligible to be covered by federal or private student loans. It is your responsbility to check with your loan servicer or provider to determine what you can and cannot use loans for.
Your study abroad advisor can give you a general idea of how your financial aid package may apply to your experience but it is your responsibility to verify eligibility with your financial aid advisor. If you are on the Oakland campus, you should make an appointment with Tim Bush. If you are on a regional campus, talk to your campus coordinator or financial aid advisor.
Study Abroad Specific Scholarships
Pitt Study Abroad offers a scholarship search tool that you can use to find scholarships for which you may be eligible to apply. The scholarship database is not exhaustive, but does include most scholarships offered by the University, our Pitt-Recgonized Providers, and national scholarships.
Google is also a powerful tool that can help you find additional scholarships. A word of advice: don't be put off by small scholarship amounts! $250 here, $500 there can add up quickly!
You should expect to use some of your own funds towards the cost of your program or related expenses.
Other Funding Sources
There are many local, community, regional, and national organizations that offer funding for study abroad experiences. Organizations like the Rotary Club, community centers, and others may have funding available - it never hurts to ask!