Funding Study Abroad

Contact Study Abroad

Yvonne Schmidt
Study Abroad Coordinator

Southern & Dobson

Building: NU 6 N120
P: 480-461-7870 | F: 480-461-7139

Studying abroad is a rewarding investment in your future. Like any other type of investment, it requires planning, careful management, creativity, perseverance, and commitment, so start early! The rewards of your effort will last a lifetime!!

For information on scholarship and financial aid opportunities as well as payment details, read the helpful guide: How to Pay for Study Abroad.

Financial Aid & Grants

Financial aid can be used to help cover the cost of participating in a study abroad program. The MCC Financial Aid Office is dedicated to helping students with all facets of the financial aid process, including scholarships and grants.  The amount of financial aid available for study abroad programs varies.  For all study abroad financial aid, you MUST be seeking an eligible degree with Mesa Community College.

To determine financial aid eligibility, visit: for information on completing the 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  MCC school code: 001077. Financial aid for summer is limited, so students should apply as soon as possible. Students must be enrolled at least half-time in courses required for their degree program and must be making Satisfactory Academic Process. Exception: in some cases, students who are enrolled less than half time and who are Pell eligible may receive any unused Pell grant funds from fall/spring for required courses.

For detailed information, please visit the Financial Aid (FA) Office at either the Southern & Dobson or Red Mountain campuses and review the FA Aid for Study Abroad webpage.

Financial Aid Workshops for Summer 2015 Study Abroad

  • Dates TBA

If you missed the workshops, you can view the presentation by clicking on the link below.

2014 Study Abroad_Financial Aid Presentation.pdf

Scholarship Opportunities

Students already accepted into a study abroad program can apply online for MCC Study Abroad Merit-based or Need-based Scholarships as well as a Marciopa Grant Scholarship HERE using their student MEID.

Review MCC Study Abroad Scholarship and Maricopa Grant information here.

  • If applying for a needs-based scholarship, your 2014-2015 FAFSA (MCC school code 001077) should be filed at least 30 days prior to the deadline.

Scholarship Deadline: Friday, February 27, 2015 at 11:59 pm

  • Please note: there will be no exceptions made to this deadline.

  • Awards will be announced via email in mid-March, 2015.

  • Awards are disbursed during the first week of classes with financial aid.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. 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.  Deadline is TBA with awards announced in May.  Keep in mind that MCC study abroad program fees are due March 20, 2015.

Watch videos of Gilman scholars abroad, alumni interviews, and tips from advisors and application reviewers on YouTube.

The International Education Office congratulates five MCCCD students, Angelica Deliz (MCC), Lance Mcgraw (CGCC), Lynette Mcgraw (MCC), Donald Meeks (SCC), and Xiomara Wilbirt (SMCC) who are among over 1,100 American undergraduate students from 358 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad program costs.  The 2014 awardees are attending MCCD faculty-led programs in Britain, Czech Republic, and Spain.  Congratulations!!!

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Fund for Education Abroad General Scholarship

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as undergraduates in US universities/colleges who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks between May 2015 and May 2016. Fund for Education Abroad awards are intended to support students planning to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs in the 2015-2016 academic year or summer 2015. The financial support for these scholarships is provided by generous donors, who are committed to increasing study abroad opportunities for dedicated American students.  Deadline: Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST.

Go Overseas Study Abroad Scholarship

The Go Overseas Study Abroad scholarship is applicable for any study abroad programs. Deadline: Friday, December 5th 2014 11:59 pm PST .

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Honors Program Study Abroad Scholarship

The Honors Department has a scholarship opportunity for MCC Honor students who may be participating in one of the study abroad programs.  The applications are due by February 27, 2015 to the Honors Office.  For more information, please visit the MCC Honors Dept. website or call 480.461.7079.

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This Institute of International Education directory features detailed descriptions of 100's of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, grants, and paid internships for US students and professionals.

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Other Resources to Pay for Study Abroad


AmeriCorps is a national service program initiated by President Clinton, often referred to as the "domestic Peace Corps." AmeriCorps provides thousands of Americans of all ages and backgrounds with education awards in exchange for their service to local communities.  The MCC AmeriCorps Program recruits students and eligible community members to earn federal AmeriCorps education awards.  In exchange for volunteer service in the community, you can use your award to pay for study abroad tuition and books.  For more information, please call the Center for Community & Civic Engagement located in the basement of the Kirk Center at 480-461-7818.

Fast Tracking the Dream to College Completion

A New Leaf's Fast Tracking the Dream to College Completion program is a community partnership that seeks to minimize or remove the financial barrier for obtaining a college education.  The focus of the program is to improve access to a college education for low to moderate income individuals and to enhance the financial literacy of participants in the program.  Earned income that is deposited into a special savings account with an approved financial institution is tripled to pay for tuition, books, fees, and course materials required at MCC.  

Fast Tracking the Dream Individual Development Accounts (IDA) can cover study abroad expenses for tuition, registration/course fees, books, cultural excursions, and  some misc. program expenses.  Neither local or international transportation or room & board are covered expenses. Participants must participate in A New Leaf's IDA program a minimum of 6 months in order to receive the 3:1 match. Therefore, students need to apply and be enrolled in the program by October 31 of the year prior to the the study abroad program taking place in order to meet requirements.

For more information, please contact the MCC A New Leaf IDA Campus Liaison located in the Center for Community & Engagement in the basement of the Kirk Center at 480-461-7958.

Gift Certificates

Give the gift of education!  MCC gift certificates may be purchased at Cashier Services at the Southern & Dobson and Red Mountain campuses. They have no expiration date and make great gifts for study abroad participants!

Miscellaneous Scholarships

Find out if scholarships are available from your employer or your parents' employer.  Also ask civic and/or religious organizations that you or your family participate in.


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Veterans Administration Benefits

Veterans can use their VA educational benefits to help cover tuition costs for a study abroad program. Contact Veteran Services at 480-461-7426 for information.