We designed the program with participants' realistic financial needs in mind. Below is a partial list of resources that Five College-area participants can access to make the trip financially feasible. With our unique Service & Study model, participants may be eligible for both study abroad, community organization funding (Rotary, Legion, etc.) and/or international internship funding.

**If you need to extend your participation in our program to fulfill funding requirements, please contact us directly.


 

Personal Fundraising

Personal fundraising can be a great way for participants to call on their community to help make their travels possible. Whether going solo or teaming up with a group of friends, participants can choose to have a car wash, hold a bake sale, offer childcare or provide other goods and services to their community to make some extra cash! Online crowdsourcing campaigns have made it easier than ever for prospective travelers to collect necessary funds. We highly recommend this site for your personal fundraising needs: https://www.fundmytravel.com




Financial Loans

Securing loans or federal aid through your home institution is another way to pay for your study abroad. We recommend Go Abroad for more information on study abroad financial loans: https://www.goabroad.com/study-abroad-loans.

Citizens Bank offers the TruFit Student Loan to both U.S. and international students. They offer a choice of a fixed or variable interest rate, flexible repayment options, and there are no application, origination, or disbursement fees. https://www.citizensbank.com/

 


Federal Aid 

Some students may choose to secure federal financial assistance through their home institution as a way for them to pay for their summer travels*. To do this students must 1. arrange to receive academic credit for the work they will be doing with SSSA in the summer (see Academic Credit to learn more) 2. file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to secure financial aid for their summer studies.

*Students should note that Amherst College does not grant credit nor award federal financial aid for summer study abroad. 


 

FinanciNG THROUGH PAYPAL

Participants may make their online tuition payment through Paypal Credit which gives the option of six month financing. This means that Paypal will front the cost and a participant will have six months to refund Paypal with no extra charges or fees (payments made over a course longer than 6 months may acquire additional fees and interest rates). Please refer to Paypal's website for more information. 





Scholarships

There are hundreds of organizations out there offering money for students to study and intern around the world! Below is a list of databases that provide extensive information on study abroad scholarships and grants for participants. On these sites, you will find the most comprehensive college scholarship search and grant listings, plus international student loan programs and other information to promote study abroad. After searching the databases and finding your ideal scholarships, scroll to the bottom of this page to find tips on successful scholarship writing!


General databases


We also encourage participants with limited financial means to consider applying for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship as well as the Go Overseas award of $500 for summer travel. 


 



Resources by school

Each of the Five Colleges has specific resources and programs to finance their students' learning abroad. Students are strongly encouraged to speak with their academic advisor and department administrator as there are often internal scholarships and grants that you may be eligible for. These may include departmental funding, alumni sponsored grants, first-time traveler awards and more! Make an appointment with your campus advisor today! 

 

 

UMass

The UMass Financial Aid Office has financial information and resources specifically available to UMass students. Check out their website for more information and scholarship opportunities.

Each academic department also has its own small-scale funding opportunities and limited scholarship funds that often receive little advertising. For additional assistance students should make an appointment with their academic advisor or a faculty member of their department to help make their travels affordable.

 

Mount Holyoke

The McCullough Center for Global Initiatives has a wealth of financial information and resources specifically for MHC students. Most notably, the MCGI offers LYNK-UAF funding to cover the costs of summer internships. LYNK grants are non competitive and are given to every single student once during their time at Mount Holyoke. LYNK awards up to $3,600 specifically for summer internships. Click here to learn more about LYNK!

Additionally students who are first-time international travelers may be eligible for the Karen Snyder Sullivan Award of up to $7,000. Click here to read more about this unique award. 

For further assistance students should make an appointment with McCullough Center or their academic advisor as each academic department may have its own small-scale funding opportunities and limited scholarship funds. 
 

 

Hampshire

The Global Education Office has financial information and resources specifically available to Hampshire students. Students can click here to see more of what the GEO offers. We strongly encourage students to click here and browse the master list of grants that are reserved just for Hampshire students. 

For further assistance students should make an appointment with Global Education Office or their academic advisor as each academic department may have its own small-scale funding opportunities and limited scholarship funds. 

 

Amherst

The Study Abroad Office at Amherst College has limited financial resources for students. As stated on their website, "Amherst College does not grant credit nor federal financial aid for summer study abroad".

However all hope is not lost! Students interested in traveling with SSSA should consider Amherst's Summer Experience Funding which is offered through the Center for Community Engagement. Summer Experience Funding awards up to $4,500 for unpaid international internships. Students should note that they may have to extend their travel in order to fulfill the time and eligibility requirements for the award. Students should contact SSSA to request extended travel and internship arrangements. Please visit the Center for Community Engagement's website for contact information and to make an advising appointment to learn more. 

Each academic department also has its own small-scale funding opportunities and limited scholarship funds that often receive little advertising. For additional assistance students should make an appointment with their academic advisor or a faculty member of their department to help make their travels affordable.

 

Smith

The Office for International Study has financial information and resources specifically available to Smith students.

Smith students are strongly encouraged to apply for Praxis Summer Internship Funding which is a stipend program for unpaid summer internships awarded to almost 400 students per year and can cover your program expenses. Students should note that Smith's Praxis program requires students to complete a certain amount of internship hours in order to receive funding. SSSA and CHF are happy to make arrangements for an extended stay to ensure that students can receive Praxis funding. Please contact us directly if you are interested in extending your program stay to receive Praxis funding. 

For further assistance and to receive more information on what funding opportunities may be available to them, Smith students should drop by the Lewis Global Studies Center or make an appointment with their academic advisor as each academic department may have its own small-scale funding opportunities and limited scholarship funds. 

 


Tips for Successful Scholarship Writing
 

1)  Research the mission of the scholarship. 
Why are they offering their scholarship? Tailor your essay to align with their mission & goals.

2)  Look at all the parts of the questions.
Be sure to fully answer all the questions and consider the order they are asked. Often the earlier or beginning questions are the most important, but the last ones still should be addressed completely. Application questions can also be multilayered so make sure your response addresses every element of the question. 

3)  Consider your background and unique qualifications.
Think about your leadership experience, academic achievements, community involvement, and other unique aspects that make you stand out.

4)  Always include WHY you need funding. This should be at least a paragraph.
This might include the struggles you have from working multiple jobs while being a full-time student or your family....Help the reader know you and your story.

5)  Personalize! 
Your essay should not only reflect your character, personality, and experiences, it should tell the reader about you and not offer blank generalizations.

6) Always state why you make an ideal candidate. 
Let them know why they should invest in you. Explain how the money would contribute to your future goals and how them contributing to you will help you become a more well rounded person/better professional and help you contribute to the world. This should be toward the end, if not the last paragraph.

7) Seek feedback! 
Head to your schools writing center, call a friend or see your advisor to have your application proofread and checked for spelling and grammar!