Fees, air travel, and ideas to help you fund the trip

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Ground cost per person:

$2941 - 20 or more participants

$3271 - 15-19 participants

Supplement for single room accommodation throughout the trip: $676


Standard payment schedule:

Ground deposit: $200

Group air deposit (if applicable): $200

Final payment due 60 days prior to departure (May 29, 2020)


Ideas to help you fund this trip:

1) Fill out your FAFSA as soon as possible and discuss your options with a financial aid advisor on campus. Grants and awards from the Financial Aid office do exist, in addition to subsidized loans (which you do not have to be paid back or incur interest until you graduate with a degree) and unsubsidized loans or parent loans (which do have to be paid back starting immediately and will start to incur interest).


2) Apply for scholarships! If you don't apply, you won't win - and, guess what? Many students don't take the time to search for and to apply for scholarships. While some scholarships are specific and won't apply to you or to help you find your study abroad, many can allow you to use funds for that. Take some time to investigate your options and to apply at www.saddleback.edu/fao/Scholarship-Information.Here are some additional resources:


Government-funded Scholarships:

Scholarships for Women:

Scholarships for Minorities:

Community scholarships:

• Check with your local civic clubs/organizations to see if they offer any scholarships
• Some scholarships might require winners to present to the club and/or complete service hours
• Rotary Club
• Kiwanis International
• Veterans of Foreign Wars
• Elks Club
• Moose Lodge
• Masons
• 4-H Club
• American Association of University Women
• Golden Key
• Fraternity and sorority organizations
• Religious organizations


3) Lifestyle changes - some ideas to save or generate money:

  • Buy a coffee maker for home instead of going to coffee shop several times a day
  • Avoid the temptation of buying unnecessarily online (iTunes, Amazon, etc)
  • Set up a “Keep the Change” savings account with your bank
  • Get a part-time job (if not already working)
  • Stop an unhealthy habit (smoking, eating sweets) and put money toward studying abroad in a “Travel Fund” jar
  • Ask families to give you money or travel-related gifts for holidays and birthdays


4) Get to work!

Use your skills and areas of interest to make a bit of extra money for your experience.
• Mow lawns/rake leaves
• Bake sales/yard sale
• Restaurant fundraising
• Babysitting
• Car wash 


5) Use your social network - everyone you know should be aware that you
are going abroad and how they can help to fund you
• Use your cover photo on Facebook to include your funding information
• Include fun facts about the country and city you will be heading to, along with your funding website information
• Let them know how the funds will be used and why their donation makes a difference
• GoFundMe has a lot of examples of study abroad students to see & copy!



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