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Funding Study Abroad

Financial Aid:

Students often don't realize that they can submit supplemental financial aid applications to include the cost of enrolling in a study abroad program, since it impacts the cost of attending college. Pell Grant recipients now have a chance to apply for additional Pell funding for summer, as long as they enroll in 6 units (in either one or two summer sessions). Attend one of our Funding Study Abroad information sessions, and make an appointment with a Financial Aid counselor right away to discuss ways to apply funds to study abroad.

(562) 860-2451 ext. 2397

Financial Aid website


Cerritos College Foundation Scholarships:

The Cerritos College Foundation awards scholarships every semester to students with both academic achievement and financial need. Check the Foundation web page to search for scholarships related to your major, your transfer plans, and the courses you are enrolling in for study abroad.

Apply for Scholarships

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships:

Check out the Gilman Scholarship presentation from Prof. Timothy Juntilla:

Gilman Scholarship Presentation

From the Gilman website: "The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity."

The Gilman Scholarship is exclusively for students who are eligible for Pell Grants to fund enrollment in a study abroad program. The scholarship is especially interested in awarding community college students from historically underrepresented groups or who are first-generation college students. Award amounts range from $100 to $5,000. Talk with Study Abroad Program faculty if you intend to apply for a Gilman scholarship so they can help.

Gilman Scholarship website

AIFS Scholarship:

Check out Paula Messina's presentation on funding study abroad, with links to great resources and tips for saving money to travel:

Funding Your Study Abroad

AIFS provides its own competitive scholarship that students can apply to. Check out the long list of scholarships to choose from. Once you have been accepted to the Cerritos Study Abroad Program, we'll update you on the AIFS student portal of other scholarship opportunities.

AIFS Scholarship website

Scroll to the bottom of this page for a list of additional scholarship sources.

Crowdfunding Solutions:

Study abroad is often a life-changing opportunity, and family, friends, teachers and professors, religious clergy, and others in the community often want to help but don't know how. Many students harness the power of social media to create crowd-sourcing solutions, turning their quest for funds into a campaign. Check out these websites and apps to create a fund-raising campaign to help fund your study abroad:

Once you create your campaign, send it out across social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter...however you connect. Go viral for those educational funds!

Veterans' Affairs/G.I. Bill:

Veterans may be eligible for funding study abroad through federal grants or other resources. Visit the Veterans' Resource Center in the ISC building for more information.

562-860-2451 ext. 3716

Cerritos VA web page

Other Resources:

Check out the following links for scholarship and funding information:

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