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Financial Aid & Scholarships


Financial Aid

Costs of a Semester Abroad

Merrimack students are charged Merrimack semester costs for their term abroad. These costs include Merrimack tuition, comprehensive fees, room, and international health insurance.

Homestays are options in most programs. For Foreign Language majors-homestays are required when available. In the case of CAPA Florence Global Institute the homestay option is additional for board.

Please note, additional costs may be attached to specific programs. Consult the "Costs & Financial Aid" tab on specific online-program brochure.

Merrimack Institutional Aid

Merrimack institutional aid (grants, scholarships, merit, etc.) is recalculated as the Global Studies Scholarship for the semester students are off-campus. When students return to campus, Merrimack aid returns to the on-campus rate. For more information, or to see what this may look like for you, please contact our Financial Aid Department. Please see below for additional scholarships you can apply for!

Tuition Remission/Exchange

Neither tuition remission nor tuition exchange apply to a student's semester abroad. For the term they are abroad, Tuition Remission/Exchange students will be awarded a scholarship and need-based grant (if applicable) as if they were a non-tuition remission student.The Global Studies Scholarship is then determined the same as any other student.
Tuition Remission/Exchange students should set up an appointment with the Financial Aid Office to discuss their scholarship assessment.
Similarly, Tuition Remission/Exchange does not apply to short-term faculty-led programs.

Federal Aid, NCAA Athletic Scholarships, and Other

NCAA scholarships and Federal Aid are not affected by this recalculation of Merrimack aid. Similarly, aid which students receive from outside (such as Rotary Scholarships and the like) goes with students wherever and is not part of the Merrimack recalculation.

Costs of Short-Term Programs

Costs of the faculty-led programs vary from program to program, but are designed to be as “lean” as possible so as to be affordable to all Merrimack students. Costs range from approx. $3,300 to $6,500. Please see individual program brochure for more details. ?
  • Short-term Faculty-led Scholarships: The Office of Global Education (GEO) offers scholarships to students who participate in our short-term, faculty-led academic courses. The GEO offers both need-based scholarships and academic excellence awards.  GEO Faculty-Led Scholarship Form.pdf

How do I pay?

Whether you’re participating in a semester or short-term program, all payments go through the BURSAR’S OFFICE. Payment plans can be arranged for all programs long and short. For more information on payment and payment plans, please contact


CAPA Scholarships

If you are participating in a semester program through CAPA, you may apply for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Need-Based Scholarship- CAPA offers need-based scholarships ranging from $500-5,000. Scholarship applications are evaluated based on financial need, as well as the student’s reflection on identity, program goals, personal investment, and location choice. 
  • Blogger and Vlogger Grant- Each term, CAPA selects a team of student bloggers and vloggers to share their study abroad experiences on the CAPA World blog. Our bloggers and vloggers receive a grant calculated at $25 per weekly post along with an explorer fund calculated at $15 per week abroad to help generate content, whichis also shared on our social media sites. 
  • Diversity Advocate Grant- To be eligible, you must be a committed and engaged individual, and already have a track record of successful advocacy for diversity within your campus and home communities. You will effectively demonstrate an understanding of and obligation to make a further impact within your own community from your own experience abroad. Advocates are awarded a grant in the amount of $3,000 for a Semester program. 

CIEE Scholarships

If you are participating in a semester program through CIEE, you may apply for the following scholarships and grants:
  • GAIN Travel Grant-  $750 to $2,000 toward airfare for students who demonstrate high financial need; award amount depends on CIEE program location. All Pell-eligible students are guaranteed a GAIN Grant, if they apply!
  • Gilman Go Global Grant- Qualified applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship who apply for CIEE’s scholarships and grants are guaranteed a GAIN Grant and a CIEE Go Global Grant of $2,500.
  • Merit-Based Scholarships- To recognize high academic achievement, CIEE offers a limited number of merit scholarships of $2,500 to our strongest students. These awards are based on students’ academic records, and on the submission of a personal essay describing to us how their CIEE program will impact their college experience and future career plans. 
  • CIEE scholarship deadlines

Additional Scholarships 

  • Lombard Scholarship-for 2nd semester juniors in Political Science studying at the Washington DC Semester. 
  • The Freeman Asia Scholarship--The Freeman-ASIA program is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.of the most generous scholarships. For students who have applied or been accepted to programs in like the Shanghai Global Institute in China. Go to The Freeman Asia Scholarship for details about elibility and how to apply.
  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship-The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. The scholarship is open to students of all majors who are receiving a federal Pell Grant at a two-year or four-year college or university. Awards are up to $5,000. Applications for the summer and fall semesters are due in March; spring semester applications are due in October.
  • Explore the World Travel Scholarships - Merrimack students who are between 18-30, US Citizens or permanent residents, and who are either Pell recipients OR whose 2018 income level that does not exceed 300% of the 2018 Federal Poverty Guidelines are eligible to apply for an Explore the World Travel scholarship. Deadline for scholarship applications are March 2.
  • Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships-The Fund for Education is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education programs abroad by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships. FEA awards scholarships of up to $5,000 for students who plan to study abroad during the fall or spring semester; and awards that are prorated by number of weeks in-country (with a minimum of $1,250) for students studying abroad during summer. FEA gives preference to students with demonstrated financial need, and strongly encourages students to apply who represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad. These groups include, but are not limited to:First-generation college students, and Minority students.
  • Boren Awards-Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages.
  • Fulbright Scholarships-The Fulbright Program offers opportunities for students, scholars and professionals to participate in international education programs. Only graduating seniors, graduate students and alumni are eligible. For more information, contact Prof. Kathleen Cain, Merrimack’s Fulbright program adviser.
  • IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants - are available for U.S. students from a broad range of backgrounds to make it possible for them to participate in academic, internship or service-learning experiences abroad. The program is intended to diversify study abroad and to encourage students to go abroad who would otherwise not participate in an international experience as part of their college education, especially in support of high-achieving, low-income students. The Travel Grants can be used not only for travel to and from the country of study, but also within the region, enabling students to make the most of their international experience. Deadlines:  fall programs - early March; spring programs - early December. See website for eligibility guidelines and application process.
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