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Financial Aid/Scholarships

If you are interested in participating in one of our study abroad programs, you should go to Financial Aid and meet with your counselor to find out whether you are eligible for Financial Aid. They can also advise you on Grants and Loans.

There is a limited number of study abroad scholarships available to students who are eligible for financial aid on a need-base. You can access the SBCC scholarship application online by signing in via your Pipeline account. In order to determine your eligibility, you need to complete a FAFSA application with Financial Aid. The Financial Aid Office is located in the Student Services Building, Room # SS-210.

There are many scholarships available for SBCC Study Abroad Programs:

SBCC Study Abroad Scholarships

SBCC offers a limited number of scholarships for qualified study abroad program participants. To access the scholarship application, please visit the SBCC Financial Aid website and complete the online application. Most of these study abroad scholarships are need-based, although some merit-based scholarships are also available. The study abroad scholarship awards usually vary from $300 to $3,000. It is important to note that the Study Abroad scholarship application deadlines are different from the SBCC Foundation scholarships. 

  • For Summer and Fall Programs, apply January 1 - May 1
  • For Winter Intersession, Spring and Spring Break Programs, apply July 1 - November

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship

The goal of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students wishing to study abroad and to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad as well as the countries and regions where they go. Specifically, the Gilman Program offers scholarships for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in education abroad. If you are eligible for financial aid, you are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship, which provides awards of up to $5,000. You may find more information on the Gilman Scholarship website.

Please utilize the SBCC Writing Center or the EOPS Office to fine-tune your Gilman essay!

 Gilman Application Workship

Fund for Education Abroad

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) was established in 2010 and intends to broaden access to study abroad for underrepresented groups of students. For eligibility criteria and instructions how to apply, please visit the Fund for Education Abroad website.

One of the scholarships through FEA is the Rainbow ScholarshipThis scholarship will be awarded to a deserving LGBTQI student who aims to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program. This scholarship is made possible by the generous support of a group of international education professionals who are committed to advocating on behalf of LGBTQI students. These professionals counsel international and study abroad LGBTQI students, support their LGBTQI colleagues in the field, and collaborate through groups created with the support of NAFSA and the Forum for Education Abroad.

ACCENT Community College Scholarship

ACCENT offers merit and need-based scholarships to students participating on ACCENT supported community college programs in partnership with our travel agency, Frosch Student Travel. For more information and to apply go to: http://accentintl.com/participant-information/accentscholarship/

ACCENT is proud to announce the recipients of their Spring 2018 ACCENT Community College Scholarship! Tatum Kula and Juan Valeriano both received scholarship awards to support their study abroad experience in Rome with Santa Barbara City College and ACCENT. CONGRATULATIONS Tatum and Juan! Read the announcement HERE.

For additional information on non-SBCC study abroad scholarships, financial aid, or crowd-sourcing resources, please refer to the following websites.

Study Abroad Scholarships

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