Financial Aid and Scholarships
By: Derek Capo
Next Step China believes in making opportunities to study, work, and live in China accessible to people from all walks of life. As part of this commitment to diversity, we provide our prospective participants with financial aid information.
The Next Step China Scholarship
Next Step China was really invaluable in the process of getting signed up in China. Once you've been here for awhile you kind of figure out your own ways and forget what it’s like when you first got here. When I think back as to how clueless I was when I got here and how little I knew what I was doing, I don’t think my trip would have been possible without Next Step China.
-Rob Hathorne from New Hampshire, USA
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Next Step China award multiple scholarships each year to program participants based on financial need and academic merit. The application consists of personal information and a 400- to 500-word essay question:
Why do you wish to enroll in your chosen program, and how will this program help you reach your short-term and long-term goals, both academically and professionally?
To apply, please CLICK HERE.
Note: Because we will not ask you to provide personal financial statements proving your financial need, we ask that you only apply for this scholarship if it is necessary for your enrollment in your selected program.
Other Financial Aid Resources
Study Abroad Scholarships for U.S. Residents (alphabetical order):
- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship (www.iie.org/gilman): 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.
- Boren Awards (www.borenawards.org): Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad.
- College Language Association (www.clascholars.org): This scholarship is to support students at member institutions who want to participate in a study abroad program in order to enhance his or her proficiency in a target language and/or his or her understanding of other cultures. The scholarship is open to any student who meets eligibility requirements and is presently attending a CLA college or university. A CLA college or university is one where a member of the College Language Association is presently employed or is a retiree.
- Foundation for Global Scholars (www.foundationforglobalscholars.org): This 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, serving US undergraduate, graduate, and professional students pursuing accredited study abroad programs. Through scholarships for international study, the Foundation for Global Scholars empower globally minded college students who want to make an impact.
- Gates Millennium Scholars (www.gmsp.org): The GMS Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. We provide Gates Millennium Scholars with personal and professional development through our leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.
- Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (www.jkcf.org): This program offers the most personalized, generous scholarship and educational support to exceptionally promising students from across the nation who have financial need. Scholarships are available for students from eighth grade to doctoral dissertation.
Study Abroad Scholarships for International Residents (alphabetical order):
- Rotary International (www.rotary.org): Rotary offers prestigious international scholarships of $30,000 or more for students pursuing careers in fields that support Rotary’s mission: Peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, and economic and community development
General Financial Aid Resources for U.S. Residents (alphabetical order):
- FastWeb (www.fastweb.com): FastWeb matches the information in your completed profile to scholarships from their database of over 1.5 million scholarships worth over $3.4 billion. Whether you're a high school freshmen or a returning adult, they have scholarships and information to help you find ways to pay for school.
- FinAid (www.finaid.org): FinAid was established in the fall of 1994 as a public service. This award-winning site has grown into the most comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools -- on or off the web.
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (www.fafsa.ed.gov): Federal Student Aid is responsible for managing the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. These programs provide grants, loans, and work-study funds to students attending college or career school.
- Institute of International Education Study Abroad Funding (www.studyabroadfunding.org): This directory features detailed descriptions of hundreds of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, grants, and paid internships for U.S. undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students, and professionals.
- Scholarships.com (www.scholarships.com): Since 1998, Scholarships.com has helped millions of students, parents and counselors search 2.7 million local, state & national college scholarships & grants worth over $1.9 billion USD.
General Financial Aid Resources for International Residents (alphabetical order):
- International Education Financial Aid (www.iefa.org): IEFA is the premier resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad. At this site, you will find the most comprehensive college scholarship search and grant listings, plus international student loan programs and other information to promote study abroad.
- International Student Loan (www.internationalstudentloan.com): International Student Loan has been helping international students and study abroad students finance their international studies since 1998. Owned and operated by Envisage International Corporation, they work hard to present the best financing options available for international study.