Scholarships & Financial Aid

The SAGE office has scholarship funding from the Valencia Foundation and Student Development to help offset the costs of short-term study abroad. Please note the following:

  1. The scholarship amount for short-term study abroad changes each year and is listed on each country website page.
  2. The scholarship amount cannot exceed more than 50% of the total program cost so scholarship amounts may differ across programs.
  3. Some faculty get approved for additional scholarship funding which may increase the amount of a scholarship for one particular program.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must be at least 18 years of age and have a 2.5 institutional GPA or higher to participate in a short-term Study Abroad program.
  • Be a degree-seeking student at Valencia College:
    • you can get a scholarship after graduation as long as the program runs by the following semester so, for example, students who graduate in the fall term can get a scholarship for the spring term but not the summer term.
    • you do not qualify for a scholarship if you are a transient or audit student.
  • Complete 12 college level credits by time of travel
  • Student must have no disciplinary or academic holds
  • Have not received a study abroad scholarship within the current academic year.
  • Completed at least one semester with Valencia within the last year.

Financial Aid

Recent changes in federal law have made it possible for students to use some or all of their federal financial aid for semester study abroad. Full-time, Valencia students who are eligible for Financial Aid can use these funds for study abroad programs that award academic credit and grades counted towards your cumulative GPA for study. Eligibility is determined by the type of study abroad program you attend, as well as the type of financial aid you receive. Only students earning a degree at Valencia are eligible.

Financial aid can be used to support summer study, as long as you are enrolled for academic credit and you meet all other requirements. It is important to note that many students max out their financial aid prior to summer, so be sure to plan accordingly.

NOTE: You cannot use financial aid for study abroad after you graduate from Valencia! It is important to meet with a Financial Aid Services advisor prior to accepting any scholarship money to determine if it will affect your overall financial aid package. Take your budget and the course approval forms to your Financial Aid Services advisor for him or her to review to determine your eligibility. Eligibility is determined by the type of program you attend, as well as the type of financial aid you receive.