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Financial Aid

If you attend an approved program and meet eligibility requirements, you can take advantage of state, federal, EMU institutional and private financial aid. The entire cost of a program is considered in determining your financial need. If you're attending an EMU program (faculty-led and direct exchanges), the credit will appear on your transcript as regular EMU credit.

In the case of third-party provider programs (such as CIEE), the credit will appear as transfer credit. If the third-party program is approved for credit in advance and the sponsor is an accredited Title IV institution, you may be eligible for state and federal financial aid. You'll need the program sponsor to fill out a consortium agreement, (a form provided by EMU's Office of Financial Aid) and return it, signed by an authorized individual, to the EMU Office of Financial Aid.

Faculty-led programs over Winter Break are part of Winter semester. You can apply financial aid and scholarships towards them as part of your regular semester credit load.

Financial Aid for non-EMU students:
If you’re not currently enrolled at EMU you must apply for financial aid at your home institution. We can work with the study abroad or financial aid advisor at your institution to provide cost breakdowns for EMU programs.

For more details on getting started with financial aid, see the study abroad financial planner.


For more information, visit 103 Boone Hall between 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday through Friday or schedule an advising session online.

EMU Scholarships and Awards

Emanuel Fenz Cultural History Scholarship [PDF] Cultural History Program Participants
Founder's Award Honor Students
Gene Helms Award Honor Students
Biology Department Scholarships Biology or Elementary Science Majors
History Department Scholarships History Students
History Department Travel Scholarships History Students applying to study abroad programs
World Language Scholarships Language Students
Charles E. Schell Foundation, Fifth/Third Bank, Trustee Interest-Free Loan [PDF]  Business Students
EMU Scholarships  EMU Students

Regional and National Scholarships

Scholarship Eligibility
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program Need Based
Boren Scholarships
Undergraduate and Graduate Available
Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan Students wanting to study in Japan.
CIEE Various
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals  Students wanting to study in Germany 
DAAD - German Scholarship Students wanting to study in Germany
Foundation for Global Scholars  
Freeman-ASIA Need Based for undergraduate students with a minimum 2.8 GPA that wish to study in East or Southeast Asia
Golden key Study Abroad Scholarship Golden Key Members
Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Minimum 3.75 GPA 
Japan Center for Michigan Universities Scholarships Students applying to JCMU
La Unidad Latina Foundation Hispanic Heritage
Hispanic Scholarships Hispanic Heritage
Minority Science Scholarships Students of geology, geophysics, geochemistry, hydrology, meteorology, physical oceanography, planetary geology, or earth-science education
Black Excel Database African-American scholarship database
NAACP Scholarships African-American scholarship