Financial Aid for Study Abroad
Financial aid eligibility varies from student to student and determining your specific aid for a study abroad program is part of the application process.
Ferris students enrolled in a study abroad program for approved credit may be considered enrolled at Ferris State University for the purpose of applying for federal student financial aid.
For faculty-led and semester programs we will supply a budget sheet to you and assist you with getting an estimate of the total program costs. This form can be collected in the Office of International Education and signed by the Financial Aid office.
In most cases, program costs may be covered by financial aid, but we also encourage students to apply for outside scholarships. Below are links to organizations that supply scholarships to study abroad students.
Barbara Chapman International Scholarship
This scholarship is available to students who have been accepted into a faculty-led short term or semester program. Requirements and details can be found on the application form, which is also available at the Office of International Education in IRC 134.
American Institute for Foreign Studies (AIFS)
American Institute for Foreign Studies offers grants to affiliate institutions and scholarships to students. Students from affiliate institutions may automatically receive $400 grants for semester programs and $200 grants for summer programs. Applicants must be accepted into an AIFS program to qualify. Please see the AIFS website for more scholarship opportunities
AustraLearn provides numerous scholarships to students applying for a semester or year abroad through the AustraLearn program. Applicants must be accepted into an AustraLearn program to qualify. Affiliate and overseas partners scholarships are available and vary according to location and criteria.
Center for International Studies (CIS)
The Center for International Studies Overseas Partner University Scholarship Program was developed in conjunction with selected overseas universities. Applicants must be accepted into a CIS program to qualify. Individual scholarships are available through Ferris as well as through the overseas partners. Scholarships vary according to location.
Denmark International Study Program (DIS)
The DIS Board of Directors has allocated need-based scholarship funds to enable you to study abroad in Denmark. 40% of all students receive a DIS study abroad scholarship or discount! Applicants must be accepted into a DIS program to qualify.
Japan Center for Michigan Universities scholarship program
All students from JCMU consortium members receive the JCMU scholarship. Amounts vary according to time of participation. See the additional scholarship resources on the JCMU website specifically for Japanese studies.
Ferris offers a wide variety of scholarship opportunities to its students.To access the full list of opportunities and to submit your application, use either of the two links below as appropriate.
- Comprehensive list of all Ferris scholarships
- External Scholarships (Non-Ferris Scholarships)
Students: If you are an admitted student (you have a MyFSU user name and password) please follow these instructions to submit your applications: Log in to MyFSU > Student tab > Financial Aid quick link > select MyScholarships" in the Scholarship portlet.
Other State and Organization Financial Aid Links
- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
- Fund for Education Abroad
- Bridging Scholarships for Study Abroad in Japan
- DAAD (Germany)
- Economic Club of Grand Rapids
- Freeman Asia Scholarship (East and Southeast Asia)
- Marshal Scholarships (United Kingdom)
- Michigan Student Financial Aid Association
- National Security Education Program
- Grand Rapids Community Foundation
- The World Trade Association
- Rotary International
- Diversity Abroad