So you dream of studying abroad – but you just aren’t sure you can afford it. Think again! Study abroad might be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so here are some more options for funding your dream.
MCC does not endorse any particular creative funding idea but provides these as examples of ways to raise money for your study abroad program.
529 Plan College Savings Accounts
Short educational trips may be considered eligible expenses for 529 plan college savings accounts.
A New Leaf, MesaCAN - Assets to Opportunity Program
A New Leaf, Mesa CAN - Assets to Opportunity Program (ATO) is a community partnership that seeks to minimize or remove the financial barrier for obtaining a college education. The focus of the program is to improve access to a college education for all Maricopa Community College students and to enhance the financial wellness of participants in the program.
Earned income is deposited into a special savings account with a New Leaf's partnered financial institution to pay for tuition, books, fees, and course materials required at MCC.
ATO can cover study abroad expenses for tuition, registration/course fees, books, cultural excursions, and some misc. program expenses. International/local transportation, lodging and meals are NOT covered expenses for an ATO account.
Participants must participate in A New Leaf, MesaCAN - ATO Program for a minimum of 6 months in order to receive a 8:1 match on their special savings account! Therefore, students need to apply and be enrolled in the program by October 31 of the year prior to the the study abroad program in order to meet requirements.
For more information, please contact the Center for Community & Engagement located on the lower level of the Kirk Center (Building 35N) at the Southern & Dobson campus, call A New Leaf, MesaCAN at 480-833-9200 and ask for the Assets to Opportunity representative, or email IDA@turnanewleaf.org.
Birthdays, Graduation or Other Special Occasions
Instead of asking for presents, ask for help with the cost of your study abroad program. It's part of your credit-earning education!
Set a budget, track your goals and do more with your money!
Business, Church and Civic Organizations
Ask any of these organizations which you or your family members belong to if they have scholarships or would make a donation towards your program.
Start a coin jar/piggy bank and save all of your spare change every day!
Earn some money for your time while donating plasma which will be used to make life-changing medications for people who suffer from a host of serious illnesses and conditions.
File Your Tax Returns Early!
The sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your tax refund, allowing you to put the money towards a study abroad program!
Frequent Flyer Miles
Have family and friends donate their frequent flyer miles to fund your ticket abroad!
Fund & Seek
Start a campaign at Fund & Seek to volunteer, study, or embark on a worthy cause.
FundMyTravel is a platform created for travelers, by travelers and with unique functions, allowing you to designate how much funding you need to raise for specific purposes. You can upload photos, videos and trip information, then share your page with family, friends, and other donors through social media, blogging and email.
GoFundMe is fundraising site for personal causes and life-events. Millions have raised more than $4 billion on GoFundMe for the things that matter to them most.
Plumfund offers free online crowd funding.
Give the gift of education! MCC gift certificates may be purchased at Cashier Services at the Southern & Dobson and Red Mountain campuses. They have no expiration date and make great gifts for study abroad participants!
Save money by using NerdWallet, a personal finance website that helps people make and manage financial decisions by comparing various products available from various banks and insurance companies.
Organize a garage sale, have a bake sale, make some crafts and sell them (especially during the holidays), or have a car wash!
Save Money Each Paycheck and Put Into a Savings Account
If you work, save a portion from each paycheck toward the cost of your program. You can put it directly into savings so you're not tempted to spend it! One example of a simple, high-interest savings accout is a SmartyPig.com account. It’s also a goal planning system which makes it a good option for anyone who is needs a little help trying to establish a savings habit.
Shoot for a $4,000 grand prize by entering the InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest!
Submit the best video you can make, no longer than five minutes long, that tells about your proposed study abroad. If you are already an international student, the video can tell about any trip you would like to take. Over the years, there have been all kinds of winners - wonderful animations, creative stop motion films, talented performers, beautiful videography, and simply compelling stories.
Contest Officially Opens: September 1, 2019
Final Submission Deadline: October 15, 2019
Finalists Announced: Week of November 12, 2019
Winners Announced: Week of November 22, 2019
A college savings service where members direct their spending to Upromise partners—including more than 800 online stores, 10,000+ restaurants, grocery and drugstore items—and earn money for college.
Veterans Administration Benefits
Veterans can use their VA educational benefits to help cover tuition costs for a study abroad program. Contact Veteran Services at 480-461-7426 for information.