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Financial Aid/Scholarships for Study Abroad Programs


  • If you receive Financial Aid you may use it towards your SBCC Study Abroad program. To find out if you are eligible for Financial Aid and to apply visit the  Financial Aid page or meet with your financial aid advisor. The Financial Aid Office is located in the Student Services Building, Room # SS-210. They can also advise you on grants and loans. 

  • SBCC offers a limited number of scholarships for qualified study abroad program participants. To access the scholarship application, please visit the SBCC Scholarships website and complete the online application. Most of these study abroad scholarships are need-based, although some merit-based scholarships are also available. The study abroad scholarship awards usually vary from $300 to $2,500. 

    Please note: All the scholarships require participation in a country in the program, not merely acceptance to a given program. If the programs are cancelled before students are actually in country, none of the scholarships will be awarded. Each scholarship has specific requirements that must apply and those are not subject to waiver in the event of cancellation. Please check with the financial aid office for any clarification or questions.

  • 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 competitiveness.

    The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide and awards up to $5,000 per recepient. You may find more information on the Gilman Scholarship website. In addition, you can find great video resources right HERE.

    Please note that only destination counries with a travel advisory of 1 or two are eligible for this scholarship. You can check the State Departments website HERE.  For programs starting on or after January 1, 2022, Gilman Scholars will be able to participate in programs in a select number of locations with Level 3 Travel Advisories. The program location must be a Level 1 or 2, or an approved Level 3 Travel Advisory exception location, at the start of the program. Gilman scholars must fully comply with their host country’s visa and entry requirements, including those related to vaccinations, quarantine, and testing. 

    Update as of December 2021:
    Students traveling to approved locations with Level 3 Travel Advisories must: 
    - Consult with staff at their U.S. college/university and program provider to determine any additional precautions or contingency plans.
    - Determine their ability to travel to and enter the location and adhere to any additional requirements or restrictions
    - Complete a Gilman-provided weekly online check-in questionnaire for the duration of their program abroad, or until the Travel Advisory changes to a Level 1 or 2.
    - Respond promptly to any inquiries from the U.S. Department of State officials, including at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad, and from the Gilman Program team.
    - Gilman scholars will receive warnings after the first and second check-in with their Advisor Cc’ed.
    - Failure to respond to these communications or complete the weekly survey may result in termination of their status as a Gilman Scholar, ineligibility for alumni benefits, and may include repayment of Gilman funding. 

    In addition, children dependents of active duty military members can apply for the Gilman-McCain Scholarship,  a congressionally funded initiative of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and named after the late senator John S. McCain from Arizona.  Find the information and application for the scholarship HERE.

    Please utilize the SBCC Writing Center or the EOPS Office to fine-tune your Gilman essay! You can also reach out to Dr. Menendez at to get additional help with your essay.

    SBCC Study Abroad also offers a workshop in the Fall and Spring semester prior to the application deadline. Please check our events page for details on the workshop.

    Check out the below video from Bali student Destiny Acevedo to see how Study Abroad changed her live and how Gilman made it all possible. This is also a great example of a follow-up project!

    Information regarding the Gilman and Gilman-McCain scholarship and Covid-19 travel restrictions:

    Please note that if the country where an applicant chooses to study abroad in 2021 is at a level 3 or 4 only due to COVID-19 at the time of application, the Gilman program will still consider that eligible. In the event that an applicant is selected for the Gilman scholarship and if the destination country is still at a level 3 or 4, even if only due to COVID-19, by the time the program starts, then the recipient will be required to change their program location. Please also note the October 6 deadline is for in-person and virtual programs starting between January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2021. This cycle encompasses Spring 2021, Summer 2021, Fall 2021, and Academic Year 2021-2022 programs.

  • The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) was established in 2010 and intends to broaden access to study abroad for underrepresented groups of students. For eligibility criteria and instructions how to apply, please visit the Fund for Education Abroad website.

    One of the scholarships through FEA is the Rainbow ScholarshipThis scholarship will be awarded to a deserving LGBTQI student who aims to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program. This scholarship is made possible by the generous support of a group of international education professionals who are committed to advocating on behalf of LGBTQI students. These professionals counsel international and study abroad LGBTQI students, support their LGBTQI colleagues in the field, and collaborate through groups created with the support of NAFSA and the Forum for Education Abroad.

    Apply  HERE.

    Upcoming Application Cycles:

    • Spring 2022 deadline is September 15, 2021 at 12pm (noon) EST.
  • If you believe you qualify for the California College Promise, you must apply for it before registering for Study Abroad courses. Contact the SBCC Admissions office or go directly to California College Promise for more information. 

  • Only for ACCENT programs! 

    ACCENT offers merit and need-based scholarships to students participating on ACCENT supported community college programs in partnership with our travel agency, Frosch Student Travel. For more information and to apply go to: ACCENT Community College Scholarship.

    ACCENT is proud to announce the recipients of their Spring 2020 ACCENT Community College Scholarship! CONGRATULATIONS Christiana, Lauren and Valeria who are on the program in Florence, Italy with professor David Elliott to learn about History, Art HIstory and Italian Language. Read the announcement HERE.

  • Recipients receive $2,000 to help finance their international trip that includes an educational or service component. In 2019, we’ll be giving out 86+ scholarships to would-be travelers around the country, aged 18-30, who need a little extra help along the way.  Get details HERE.

  • The Freeman -ASIA program is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. Find details on the scholarship HERE.

  • The SBCC Promise will provide any local student who completes their secondary education within the Santa Barbara Community College District with the opportunity to attend SBCC full-time for two years free of charge. The SBCC Promise, a project of the SBCC Foundation, will use privately raised funds to cover all enrollment and required fees, required books, and required supplies in an effort to remove economic barriers, making our community’s college fully accessible to all local students. SBCC Promise can be used on our Study Abroad programs.

  • If you are ready and excited to start planning your trip, but discouraged by a financial roadblock, SBCC Study Abroad has another solution for you. We have teamed up with FundMyTravel, an online platform where you can fundraise for your upcoming travels with us. Create your own unique campaign page, complete a brief profile to build trust, and get sharing to watch the dollars come flying in!

    FundMyTravel has a team of dedicated staff who want to help SBCC Study Abroad participants reach their fundraising goals. They can provide tips and insights on the best ways to spread the word and offer sharing tools to get your campaign greater exposure through social media and email. Scroll down to click the button to learn more and get started or use this link:  Fund My Travel

  • TVC2020 offers a grand prize of $4,000 for the winner and additional money prizes. The 15th annual Travel Video Contest is here! However, the world is faced with a much different landscape than in years past, they updated the contest with the name TVC 2020: Life After Lockdown. For the many students and global exchange participants aching to once again travel, this is the year for you to enter this contest. Once you’ve reviewed how to enter the contest and its rules and regulations, create your video, then submit a contest entry form to enter! 

Use this Calendar for deadlines at one glance.

Additional Resources

Watch the below helpful tips to complete your Gilman application!

Upcoming event please register by going to the Study Abroad Events page and clicking on the links.

financial resources workshop september 15

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