Financial Planning Policy on Study Abroad

The different types and amounts of financial aid are varied. Depending on the type of aid, all, some, or none of your financial aid package may be able to be used for a study abroad opportunity. If you plan to use financial aid to cover some or all of your program’s expenses, keep in mind more financial aid may be available for HPU exchange programs than HPU affiliated programs and/or unaffiliated programs. Generally, HPU financial aid, including the Presidential Scholarship, is not available for an unaffiliated study abroad program and while federal financial aid may be available for use on an unaffiliated study abroad program, the process to request this aid differs.

Before applying to any program, review the Financial Aid Policy on Study Abroad, then contact the Office of Financial Planning to discuss questions and have completed the Financial Aid Clearance form noting what may or may not apply to your study abroad program. Financial Planning counselors can discuss the different types of financial aid and whether they can be applied to study abroad programs.

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HPU Study Abroad Scholarships

Some students received a stipend as part of their initial financial aid package that can be used to offset applicable costs of a Global Experience and/or Maymester study program. This stipend cannot be used for summer or semester programs. Additionally, some departments (e.g., World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures) provide study abroad awards to outstanding students majoring in the department.

Currently, High Point University does not offer scholarships to students studying abroad for a summer or semester. However, Resources for Funding a Study Abroad Program contains information to help students research off-campus funding opportunities.

Stipends relevant to studying abroad which some students may qualify for include the following:

  • Go Global Grant

    Effective Fall 2021, select freshman undergraduate students entering HPU will be eligible for the Go Global Grant. This one-time grant will cover up to four credits of the tuition cost associated with qualified students’ global coursework on a Maymester program.

  • Experiential Learning Grant

    Effective Fall 2020, select freshman undergraduate students entering HPU will be eligible for an Experiential Grant. Up to $1,000 of the available Grant monies can be applied toward program fees on a Global Experience or Maymester program provided the student has not used the one-time $1,000 grant for any other programs affiliated with the program.

  • Presidential Scholarship travel stipends

    Recipients of the Presidential Founders Scholarship (Keller Scholars, Presidential Scholars) or Presidential Fellows Scholarship entering HPU Fall 2007 through Fall 2019 have available to them a one-time travel stipend in the amount of $1,000 that can be used on a Global Experience or Maymester study program of their choice. This stipend cannot be applied to full-semester or non-HPU summer study abroad programs.

    Recipients of the High Point Fellowship Scholarship (Leadership Scholars and Leadership Fellows) or the High Point University Scholarship entering HPU Fall 2007 through Fall 2019 have available to them a one-time travel stipend in the amount of $500 that can be used on a Global Experience or Maymester study program of their choice. This stipend cannot be applied to full-semester or non-HPU summer study abroad programs.