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Any advice for parents or students who are worried about funding for the trip?

6 Replies from Mentors

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    Alicia
    Parent of Study Abroad Student
    Loyola Marymount University
    Help them in any way possible. Whether it’s a lot or a little help them out with a loan. If you...
    Help them in any way possible. Whether it’s a lot or a little help them out with a loan. If you are able to fund the trip without outside loans, great. Look for scholarships, government assistance, and any type of financial aid. If that doesn’t work, it is not a bad idea to seek loans; they are not as scary as you may think. Help is out there, don’t be afraid to ask; it’s the best thing you can do for your kids.
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    Sandra
    Parent of Study Abroad Student
    Loyola Marymount University
    Look at all your options and see what works best for you. There is a lot of financial help...
    Look at all your options and see what works best for you. There is a lot of financial help available in the form of loans, grants or scholarships. Also try to make a budget with your child for everyday expenses and any travel cost, and allow for miscellaneous expenses for whatever may come up. With a budget, at least you’ll have some idea on how much money will be needed.
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    Additional Mentor
    Various students and administrators
    interviewed by the Center for Global Education


    Don, Student
    Hear about one student’s experience of working beforehand to save money for traveling during study abroad.
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    Additional Mentor
    Various students and administrators
    interviewed by the Center for Global Education


    Justin, Student
    This student discusses the importance of planning ahead of time!
  • mentor picture Priscilla
     
    Priscilla
    Graduate Student
    University of California at Berkeley
    Parents who are worried they may not be able to afford their child's time abroad should definitely...
    Parents who are worried they may not be able to afford their child's time abroad should definitely look into the different kinds of travel grants and funding available for students. In the end, one could always take out a small loan. If parents are worried about their children having financial difficulty abroad, perhaps they should look into a location that is a bit more affordable. In every country, there may be cities that are less expensive or offer a less expensive language program than others. Parents should also look into affordable housing options. Staying with a family, sharing a place with roommates and living in a dormitory can all be quite effective when one is trying to save money.
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    Olivia
    Parent of Study Abroad Student
    Loyola Marymount University
    The cost of the semester in China was almost the same as the cost of one semester at LMU, so it...
    The cost of the semester in China was almost the same as the cost of one semester at LMU, so it was not difficult to fund the trip. If anything, there are scholarships specifically directed towards studying abroad. Students should look into these if they are concerned about funding.
 
 
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