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Study Abroad Scholarships & Financing

Each year, we award $1.5 million in study abroad scholarships, grants and affiliate benefits!

To be eligible, you must be in the process of applying for a CAPA program. A separate scholarship application and documentation may also be required by the deadline listed. Late applications, essays or forms will not be accepted. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Need-Based Scholarships  

CAPA offers need-based scholarships ranging from $500-5,000.

Scholarship applications are evaluated based on financial need, as well as the student’s reflection on identity, program goals, personal investment, and location choice. Additional consideration is given to students from CAPA Affiliate institutions.

There are two pieces to this scholarship application and both must be submitted to CAPA by the application deadline:

  1. Online personal essay questions
  2. Scholarship Form or supporting materials

Scholarships are very competitive. Students are encouraged to use thoughtful, concrete examples in the essays and proofread carefully before submitting.

Students are also responsible for ensuring that the Scholarship Form is received by CAPA before the deadline.

Late essays or forms will not be accepted, and incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Summer 2019: February 20, 2019

Fall 2019: May 29, 2019


Affiliate Grant  

Over 200 colleges and universities are affiliated with CAPA. This affiliation provides students from these institutions with a special grant. If you are from an affiliate institution you automatically receive a grant as follows: $300 for Summer programs, $400 for quarter programs and $600 for Semester programs. The amount you are awarded is deducted from your program invoice so there’s is no need to submit a separate application to receive this grant.

Speak to your on-campus study abroad office and see if your institution is affiliated with CAPA.

Blogger and Vlogger Grant  

Each term, we select a team of student bloggers and vloggers to share their study abroad experiences on the CAPA World blog.  This year, we will also be piloting an Instagram TV vlogger position. These positions will be limited to London and Florence locations, with potential for expanding to other sites in the future. These will incorporate both photo and video content, to be distributed on our Instagram channel. Our bloggers, vloggers, and IG TV vloggers receive a grant calculated at $50 per bi-weekly post along with an explorer fund calculated at $15 per blog post to help generate content, which is also shared on our social media sites. 

The grant is distributed in 2 installments: Students receive the first half of the grant amount and the entire explorer fund via direct deposit to their bank account prior to departure on their program; the remaining half of the grant amount is disbursed once responsibilities as an official blogger or vlogger have been completed upon return. Failure to complete all required posts will result in partial or full forfeit of remaining grant funds.

To be eligible, you must have been accepted to study abroad on a CAPA program, and along with your application, you must complete a sample blog/vlog entry based on a prompt and submit a link to show examples of your work.

Official bloggers and vloggers begin submitting content the week before traveling, submit one post or video every other week while abroad, and then wrap-up their time abroad with a reflection post the week they return home. There are a few required topics to cover but also plenty of room for creativity.

Disclaimer: This grant could potentially be taxable. Speak to a financial consultant for advice.

The Spring 2019 Blogger/Vlogger Grant application will be open from November 1 to December 2, 2018.


Study Again with CAPA Grant  

If you studied abroad before on any of our programs, you will automatically receive a $600 grant to study abroad again on a regular semester program, or a $300 grant toward a regular summer program. There’s is no need to submit a separate application to receive this grant. However, program application materials must be completed by the regular program deadlines.

Students from affiliate institutions are not eligible to receive the Affiliate Grant in addition to the Study Again with CAPA grant. Students studying on another Global Custom program are also excluded.

Diversity Advocate Grant  

Diversity is a core value of our programs. It is reflected in our global city locations and in our student communities. We seek to foster increased student diversity and to provide all participants with the opportunity to explore, challenge and redefine their identities in distinct ways. The Diversity Advocacy Program (DAP) is an extension of this philosophy and provides resources for advocates to pursue diversity initiatives of their own within their global cities.

DAP Scholars will collaborate with others and build upon their professional and personal development. They will also have the opportunity to engage in discussion groups and will be provided with tools to help them continue their advocacy efforts post-program. Lastly, DAP scholars will implement a project informed by their understanding of diversity in a local context, which will serve as their “capstone project” while abroad.

To be eligible, you must be a committed and engaged individual with a track record of successful advocacy for diversity within your communities. You will effectively demonstrate an understanding of - and obligation to - influencing your own community from your own experience abroad.

Advocates are awarded a grant in the amount of $1,000 for semester programs only. 

Spring 2019 application deadline extended: November 14, 2018


Accommodations Fund  

CAPA is committed to facilitating a learning abroad experience for students with disabilities. We encourage the disclosure of disability and use a collaborative team approach that involves our support staff both stateside and abroad, the student's study abroad advisor and disability resources coordinator, and of course the student, to determine the best means of accommodation.

While some accommodations are cost-free, we recognize that additional expenses may be incurred. In an effort to defray such expenses, we have established the Accommodation Fund. We wish you a successful, exciting, and enriching time abroad and we are happy to support you in any way possible.

HBCU Grant  

This grant provides students from a Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) with an automatic grant. If you are from an HBCU institution you automatically receive a grant as follows: $1,000 for one of CAPA’s fall or spring semester programs or $500 for one of our summer programs.

The amount you are awarded is deducted from your program invoice.

Speak to your on-campus study abroad office or your CAPA Admission’s representative for more information.

FEA-CAPA Access Scholarships  

CAPA has partnered with the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) on a new scholarship opportunity to further our commitment to creating financial access to our programs abroad.

This FEA-CAPA collaboration is guided by CAPA participation on the FEA Access Advisory Board (AAB). FEA’s AAB was established to share best practices in international education and actively engage in FEA’s mission, making life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting minority and first-generation college students.

Students in financial need participating on CAPA study abroad programs may apply for FEA-CAPA Access Scholarships exclusively for CAPA students of up to $5,000 at: www.fundforeducationabroad.org/applicants.

Other Study Abroad Scholarships  

There are many other national study abroad scholarships you can apply for to receive extra funding. Many of these scholarships require you to apply a year in advance, so definitely do your homework ahead of time.

Financial Aid  

Financial aid may be available for you to pay for all or part of your program through your home institution. The following information details the most important facts about CAPA and your potential financial aid eligibility.

Should you decide to apply for Financial Aid, you must complete CAPA’s Financial Aid Disbursement Form and submit it to your campus Financial Aid Office immediately, no later than 120 days prior to program departure. This will give your Financial Aid Officer time to process your request.

After your form is completed, you must return it to CAPA. You may mail, fax or send by email. It is your responsibility to return it to CAPA no later than 70 days prior to departure to be eligible for the deferred payment schedule.

65 Franklin Street
Boston, MA, 02110
FAX: (857) 207-3324
EMAIL: Send to Annie Newberry (anewberry@capa.org) and write FA Form in the Subject line.

How to Apply:

  • Fill out the CAPA program application form and send in your $300 deposit.
  • Set up an appointment to meet with your Financial Aid Advisor as soon as possible. They will advise what types of aid are available and what amount(s) you are eligible to receive.
  • Work with your Financial Aid Advisor/Officer to complete the Financial Aid Disbursement Form. 
  • Return the completed form to CAPA no later than 70-days prior to departure along with your 30% payment. Failure to send both by the deadline could result in your cancellation from the program.
  • 30% of the Program Fee is due at 70 days prior to departure even if your are waiting for Financial Aid to be disbursed. You will be assessed a $100 late fee and are subject to being cancelled from the program if you do not submit this amount.


1098-T Forms
CAPA The Global Education Network is not considered an eligible higher education institution under the Department of Education and therefore does not issue 1098-T forms. The student’s home institution should be issuing the 1098-T form, especially if the home institution bills the program fees to the student’s institutional account. If the student pays CAPA directly, there is no guarantee that the student will be able to use the educational costs of the program to file for the Education Tax Credits, since CAPA does not report these costs to the IRS as eligible tuition costs. We are happy to provide students who paid CAPA directly and would like to consult a professional tax advisor, with a copy of their account statement showing their accounts paid in full.