Scholarships and Financial Aid for Education Abroad

Students should first attend a general education abroad information session to obtain basic information about education abroad funding options. During these sessions, an education abroad advisor will provide an overview of the education abroad program options available at PCC, the application process, financial aid, and the application process for competitive scholarships. General information sessions are held several times each quarter; see upcoming sessions, or contact Education Abroad at extension 7117 or via email at[opens in new window].

Download our handy Study Abroad Expense Worksheet to fill in your estimated budget and determine how your funding sources might come together to cover the costs of your program.

Financial Aid

All federal and state financial aid can be applied towards any PCC Education Abroad program, and any program through the co-enrollment agreement with PSU. Because each student’s financial aid situation is unique, we recommend that you contact the Financial Aid Office as your first step, to find out what is available.


There are numerous scholarship and aid opportunities specifically designed to to help you fund your education abroad experience. Scholarships available for PCC study abroad programs include:

General Study Abroad Scholarship Parameters and Deadlines
Name of Scholarship Description Next Due Date Award Amount
PCC Foundation The PCC Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships every year to students to make education more affordable. Opens Dec. 1 and closes March 1 Varies
PCC Education Abroad Scholarship The Education Abroad office has its own PCC Foundation Scholarship for students applying for PCC faculty-led programs. The application is found in the education abroad program application portal and can be completed after you have been accepted into a faculty-led program. Opens Oct. 1 and closes Feb. 1 Varies
Gilman Scholarship For students receiving Pell Grants participating in programs abroad for 2 weeks – 1 year. Detailed application instructions can be found here: Gilman Scholarship Application Instructions. October 2, 2018 Up to $5,000 depending on program length
Fund for Education Abroad For Education Abroad programs of at least 4 weeks. Includes additional dedicated scholarships, such as the Rainbow Scholarship. September 18, 2018 Up to $10,000 depending on program length
Diversity Network For economically disadvantaged students, African-American/Black, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, multiracial/ethnic or Indigenous/Native-American, students with disabilities and first generation college undergraduate students attending summer education abroad programs. TBD $1,000
Explore the World Open to residents of Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties, ages 18-30, who lack the financial resources to go abroad. Award is to be used for an overseas trip and must involve an educational or service learning component. TBD $2,000
Go Overseas For any student participating in study a study abroad program. The scholarship is awarded based on the creativity and analytical thinking displayed through writing samples and/or video submissions. TBD $500
The Guide to Online Schools For students enrolled at a public community college, junior college, technical college, or city college, and working towards a certificate, diploma or degree. September 29, 2018 $2,500

Many PCC students are awarded multiple scholarships for education abroad! You can read about why Chad Sprangel, a 2017 Gilman Scholarship recipient, decided to study abroad.

Other scholarships include:

  1. General Study Abroad Scholarships, which can be applied toward any study abroad program (often providing it meets program length criteria).
  2. Location/Language/Discipline-Specific scholarships, which usually focus on awarding funds to students focusing on a particular language, going to a particular part of the world, or studying a particular field.
  3. Provider scholarships, which are open to students studying with specific study abroad program providers.

In addition, there are numerous scholarships that go toward funding your education which can be applied to study abroad opportunities as well.

  • PCC Foundation Scholarships can be applied towards any PCC education abroad program that awards PCC residential credit.
  • Many private and external scholarships that support PCC students such as OSAC, Ford Family Foundation, and others can be applied towards an education abroad program; check with the scholarship sponsor for details.

If you are interested in applying for any of these opportunities, or for other external education abroad scholarships, contact Education Abroad at ext. 7117 or[opens in new window] for a scholarship advising appointment.

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