Using Scholarships and Financial Aid to Study Abroad

Studying away does not have to be expensive. As a Missouri State University student, there are a variety of opportunities to help offset the cost.

Resources to Fund Your Study Away Plans

Check Your Eligibility

In order to be eligible to use Missouri State financial aid, including scholarships, you and your program MUST be approved by Study Away Programs.

Using Your Financial Aid

Your financial aid may apply towards an approved program. Before meeting with financial aid, please complete a Study Away budget worksheet, located on your online application. 

We suggest that you contact the Office of Financial Aid:

  • To discuss your aid package if you have completed a FAFSA.
  • If you are participating on a program with ISA, SAI, SOL, USAC, KCP or ISEP Direct, complete the Study Away Financial Aid – Payment Deferment Form.
  • To know expected amount of loan money you are to receive for the term you plan to study abroad.
  • To talk to a Financial Aid Loan Officer specifically assigned to Study Away before taking out any private student loans.

Can I use my GI Bill? Please check GI Bill Clarification for more information about study away programs.

Board of Governors or University Scholars Voucher

A one-time $500 Study Away voucher may be used to help cover the costs of tuition, travel expenses, living expenses, or any other costs related to the study away program.

Upon verification of your study away participation in an approved program, the voucher will be automatic as a part of the award package, and does not require completing any paperwork.

If you are a Board of Governors or University Scholarship recipient, contact Study Away to inquire about the $500 Study Away voucher.

MSU Annual Scholarships

As an Missouri State student, you are eligible to use Missouri State scholarships for approved study away programs. You are also encouraged to consider applying for the General Departmental Study Away Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded for the following academic year, so apply early.

Frequently Asked Questions for the MSU Annual Scholarship

  • Do I have to have a current FAFSA on file in order to apply for the MSU Annual Scholarship? Yes, please make sure that a current FAFSA has been filed by the time the scholarship application is submitted.
  • When will I be notified if I am a scholarship recipient? All students selected for awards should be notified by mid-May at the latest.
  • Will I receive any notice if I am not selected for any scholarships? No, students are only notified if they receive an award.

Study Away College Scholarships 

Missouri State's colleges have partnered with the President's Office and International Programs to offer scholarships for study away students.

To apply, you must have your complete application and all required supporting documents submitted by the stated deadlines, no exceptions.

Scholarships Applications and Deadlines

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I have to have a current FAFSA on file in order to apply for the Study Away College Scholarships? A FAFSA submission is preferred, but not required.
  • When will I be notified if I am a scholarship recipient? Generally, decisions are made a within a month after the application deadline. Please look on each application for the specific decision date.
  • Will I receive any notice if I am not selected for any scholarships? Yes, any student applying to the College Scholarships through the Study Away online application will receive a notification.
  • If I receive a scholarship, is there anything I need to do? Yes, you must accept your scholarship within a set timeframe outlined on your award email or you will forfeit the scholarship.