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Global Learning: Paying for Your Trip

Financial Aid for Travel

FCC students may apply for scholarships and financial aid to cover costs associated with international travel experiences.

Federal and State Financial Aid and FCC Foundation Scholarships

FCC students are eligible to apply for financial aid for International Travel Experiences, which includes Federal, State, and FCC Foundation scholarships.

Financial Aid for the International Travel Course Tuition and Fees    Federal and State financial aid can only be awarded to students for courses that are required as part of the student’s degree program.  All financial aid is disbursed to the student account to cover tuition and fees associated with the travel course according to FCC financial aid guidelines. 

Financial Aid for Travel Expenses   Students may be eligible for financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) for travel expenses including airfare, tours, lodging, and meals. 

How to Access Financial Aid   Students are encouraged to contact an FCC financial aid advisor to discuss options for trip financing.  Students must be registered for at least six credits during the semester of travel.  It is important to note that financial aid refunds are available approximately 4-6 weeks after the start of the semester. 

International Travel Scholarships

In addition to scholarships offered through the FCC Foundation, students can explore and apply for scholarships from outside organizations; click for more information and application deadlines.  This list is not exhaustive and is meant to provide a starting point for your research.  No endorsement by Frederick Community College is intended or is to be inferred.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship  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. Application deadlines are in October and March of each year.  Dr. Molly Carlson, FCC’s Gilman Scholarship Advisor, supports students in writing and applying for this scholarship. Please call 301-624-2879 or email

Diversity Abroad Scholarships and Grants  Encourages international travel by minority, low income, and first-generation college students.

General Study Abroad Scholarships  Extensive scholarship list compiled by Global Maryland at the University of Maryland.

U.S. Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants List  Links to databases and university sites with Study Abroad scholarships compiled by the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors.

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