Funding Your LMU Summer Abroad

The LMU Study Abroad Team understands that there are challenges related to funding a study abroad opportunity. We strive to make sure that our programming is as financially approachable as possible. This being said, the total cost of studying abroad varies by program and location.

Each online LMU program brochure contains a program costs section where you are able to view estimates of the tuition, program fee, and the included amenities. 

Study Abroad Budget Worksheet (LMU Summer Programs)

In order to determine the approximate total cost of your summer abroad program, consider your budget for the items listed within this Summer Budget Worksheet.  This is a list of possible expenses and is not meant to be all-inclusive. While this is a good tool to review expenses, we are not able to guarantee that this will be the final cost as many items are estimates. 

Here are some considerations when you are planning out your funding for the Summer Study Abroad Program:

  • The only aid eligible to students enrolled in the summer terms include:
    • Unused Federal PELL Grant (if not utilized in Fall and/or Spring)
    • Unused Federal Stafford Loans (if not utilized in Fall and/or Spring)
    • Federal Parent PLUS Loans
    • Private Alternative Loans
    • State Cal Grant (Use during the summer will impact future eligibility. Students with Cal Grant eligibility should speak with a Financial Aid Counselor prior to use.) 
  • The LMU Financial Aid Office Summer Aid Application will not be available until mid-March. This institutional application is separate from the FAFSA and is required to be considered for summer aid. Check the Financial Aid Office website at for more details in March. 

Additional Scholarships Available to You:

1. The Study Abroad Financial Assistance Grant

Fall Deadline - March 2nd; Spring Deadline - October 2nd

Summer Deadline: Early application deadline - December; Regular deadline - late January 

The Study Abroad Financial Assistance Grant provides support to undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need who are participating in programs administered by LMU Study Abroad.  Consult the program brochure for eligibility details or limitations.

The application consists of an essay describing the need for additional support to study abroad, goals and intended outcomes of the experience, and a proposed follow-on project. 

Awards are based on financial need and the project proposal.  The project encourages recipients to reflect upon their study abroad experience and find ways to share it back with the LMU community. Examples include assisting at an event or fair; providing peer-to-peer advising at a program meeting; submitting a written reflection or video of time abroad; providing a blog entry or web content for the Study Abroad website, or other creative endeavor. Grant recipients are also asked to provide 4-6 photos that capture the essence of their experience, including photos of the program site such as classrooms, accommodations, or group excursions, as well as quotes about the experience, in addition to the project work.

Grant amounts vary and are placed directly into the recipient’s student account to go towards the study abroad program fee. The grant application may be accessed through your Study Abroad program application. 

2. Diversity Abroad Consortium Summer Scholarship: The Diversity Abroad Consortium will offer summer scholarships in the amount of $1,000 for full-time undergraduate (both community college and university level) students attending a member institution like LMU. Applicants must be full-time undergraduates at a university or community college based in the Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom or the United States. Economically disadvantaged students, African-American/Black, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, Multiracial/ethnic or Indigenous/Native-American, students with disabilities and first generation college undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Visit the Scholarship and Grants section for information on additional scholarships.