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Budgeting for an Affordable Study Abroad Experience with USAC

As a non-profit, university-based organization, we understand the financial pressures students (and parents) face to finance their education and we are committed to maintaining modest fees for our programs. Additionally, we work to provide scholarships and access to information about other means of financing in order to provide an affordable study abroad opportunity with USAC.

We believe study abroad is an integral, necessary part of a twenty-first-century educationnot just a luxury, or fun "extra" available only to the privileged few. As such, one of our core commitments is to make study abroad options as within reach for as many students as possible. This principle guides where we choose to place our programs, our pricing, and the services we offer—we are always striving to find ways to maximize and increase the quality and richness of our academic and cultural offerings to provide high quality programs at an affordable price.

We also believe that an international experience is worth your investment of time, energy, and, yes: money. We are committed to helping you achieve this very important goal.

With proper planning, all students can afford to study abroad. In fact, in some cases studying abroad might be less expensive than staying on campus! USAC works with the Office of Financial Aid to help you use their eligible existing financial aid and scholarships. 

Additionally, USAC provides scholarships specifically for study abroad; last year USAC awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to Nevada students. More information about current USAC scholarships. We also encourage you to visit the Money Matters section of the USAC website and research additional sources of funding.

Scholarship News
Dr. Meria Fields Study Abroad Scholarship

Students at the University of Nevada, Reno with a declared Major or Minor in a STEM field are eligible to apply for the Dr. Meira Fields Scholarship. Multiple scholarships that range from $500-$2,500 will be awarded each term. Submit your scholarship application by April 1st if you are studying abroad during the summer, fall, or full academic year; and by November 1 for winter or springs programs.

Dr. Marianne Cooley Study Abroad Scholarship

USAC students participating in either the Shanghai or the Chengdu, China programs are eligible to apply for the Dr. Marianne Cooley Study Abroad Scholarship. Multiple scholarships will be awarded each semester. Submit your scholarship application by April 1st if you are studying abroad during the summer, fall, or full academic year; and by November 1 for winter or springs programs.

Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation Study Abroad Scholarship

Thanks to the continuing generosity of the Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation, scholarships are available to help facilitate the expansion of students' international experiences and help make them more cognizant of other countries and cultures.

The Mullen, Hidalgo-Sandoval Study Abroad Scholarship

Thanks to the continuing generosity of Sean Mullen, the Mullen, Hidalgo-Sandoval Study Abroad Scholarship is available to students at the University of Nevada, Reno. One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student at the University of Nevada, Reno each semester. Submit your scholarship application by April 1st if you are studying abroad during the summer, fall, or full academic year; and by November 1 for winter or springs programs.

For more information contact scholarships@usac.unr.edu


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