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A Guide to Study Abroad Scholarships & Financial Aid 2018

If you have your sights set on spending your sweet summertime abroad, then you’ve found the right program. We’re headed to 9 European cities and 5 countries at the end of June. Want to join but are tight on funds? Let us help you get there!

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Trust us when we say that there is a ton of study abroad scholarships out there, it just needs to be claimed. Here is a complete resource guide that you can use to fund Forum Europe Summer 2018:

1) The Forum-Nexus Scholarship Program

This new scholarship program was launched to give highly motivated students the chance to study abroad, no matter their financial situation. For our final round of March scholarships, we’re awarding 12 study abroad scholarships between $500-$5,000 to students from the U.S. and other countries.

To apply, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be accepted into the Forum Europe Summer 2018 program, session A1
  • Be currently enrolled at a college/university
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Receive financial aid at your home institution

The final deadline to apply is March 31. Be one of our 12 recipients! More information here.

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2) The Forum-Nexus Assistantship Program

It feels like an internship, but the trade-off is a scholarship instead of course credit, and less academic-based activities.

How it works: Students get to be a part of our summer team by working directly with Forum-Nexus staff and faculty in exchange for a tuition-reduction scholarship. The program typically involves 150 hours to be completed before, during, and after the summer. Student Assistants (SAs) typically receive a tuition-reduction scholarship of  $1,500. It’s the most fun and rewarding program we offer!

Details about the requirements and the application process are available here.

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3) The Forum-Nexus Refer-A-Friend Program

Calling all creative and entrepreneurial applicants – this program is for you! Students can offset program costs by successfully referring other students to Forum-Nexus.*

You can refer:

  • Friends
  • Family
  • Classmates
  • Fraternity brothers/sorority sisters
  • Dormmates
  • Fellow organization members
    The list goes on!

Best part? Each additional referral earns you more $. Check out the discount here.
*Note that referral discounts are awarded when a student officially enrolls in the program.

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4) Financial Aid from your University

Good news: In most cases, you will be able to use financial aid from your university (merit or need-based scholarships or grants) toward the costs of a Forum-Nexus program. We recommend talking with your financial aid advisor to learn about the policies and requirements at your school. If you have any questions, contact us for help.

5) Financial Aid from the U.S. Department of Education

So you need a little extra funding – no worries! FYI: You may have the option to apply for Federal Student Aid from the U.S. Department of Education (aka FAFSA) to help pay for a Forum-Nexus summer. One of our partner institutions, Franklin University Switzerland, is also accredited in the U.S. and can be referenced for this process. Get more details here.

For further information, visit the Financial Aid office of your school and review the FAFSA web page.

6) Crowdfunding

If you’re on social media, you know that crowdfunding is a trendy and effective way to raise money. Let your family, friends, and followers know about your dream to study abroad! We guarantee that they will be more than willing to help.

Start by crafting your story; make it compelling and memorable. You can make a short video explaining why you want to study abroad or give them a glimpse of what Forum-Nexus is all about.

Sites to help you get started: GoFundMe, KickStarter, or fundmytravel.

7) Other Funding/Scholarship Options

Bonus: We accept most forms of external funding and scholarships!

There are numerous organizations that offer $$$ to help students cover the expenses of their study abroad experience. We recommend looking for funding opportunities on the following sites:

If you need additional information or guidance to complete any of these scholarship applications, please contact us at info@forum-nexus.com.

Happy applying, and best of luck in your study abroad scholarship hunt!

 

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Special discount for Veterans!

We at Forum-Nexus Study Abroad recognize the commitment and sacrifice U.S. veterans have made for their country. We encourage veterans to pursue a study abroad experience, to enjoy an educational and recreational trip abroad, and are now offering a total of 5 scholarships to U.S. veterans who participate in the Forum Europe Summer 2015 program each worth a tuition-reduction of $1,750.

Eligibility Requirements:

·      Applicants must be an honorably discharged veteran

·      Applicants must participate in the Forum Europe Summer 2015 program, and have already applied prior to submission of scholarship application (there is no application fee)

·      Applicants must have a GPA of 2.8 or higher

Application Materials:

·      Completed application form

·      Resume

·      A letter of recommendation

·      A recent academic transcript

Application deadline: April 10, 2015

All application materials must be sent electronically to info@forum-nexus.com.

Academic transcripts must be official, issued by the applicant’s university. For more information on how to apply or questions, please send us an email to info@forum-nexus.com with the subject, “Veteran Scholarship.”

Forum Europe Summer 2015: 8 Cities in 1 Month is a unique study abroad opportunity in which students from around the world travel to 8 cities in 5 European countries in 1 month! Students have the opportunity to earn up to 9 credits, and courses are open to all majors. More information may be found at www.forum-nexus.com/summer2015.

*To receive the application form, please email us.*

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Special Discounts for Members of Fraternities & Sororities!

We at Forum-Nexus Study Abroad recognize that fraternity men and sorority women are committed to maintaining a high academic GPA, connecting with their local communities, and making a difference for their philanthropies. In an effort to reward this commitment to service, scholarship, and brotherhood/sisterhood, we’re offering a total of 10 scholarships to fraternity men and sorority women who participate in the Forum Europe Summer 2015 program each worth a tuition-reduction of $1,750.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be a member of a nationally recognized fraternity or sorority
  • Applicants must participate in the Forum Europe Summer 2015 program, and have already applied prior to submission of scholarship application
  • Applicants must maintain a GPA of 2.8 or higher

Application deadline: March 31, 2015

For more information on how to apply, please send us an email on info@forum-nexus.com with the subject, “Greek Scholarship.”

 

Forum Europe Summer 2015: 8 Cities in 1 Month is a unique study abroad opportunity in which students from around the world travel to 8 cities in 5 European countries in 1 month! Students have the opportunity to earn up to 9 credits, and courses are open to all majors. More information may be found at www.forum-nexus.com/summer2015.