Roanoke College

Finances and Financial Aid


Roanoke College Exchanges

Students who enroll in Roanoke College exchanges pay tuition, fees, and in most cases, room and board fees to Roanoke College. See individual program information for details. All financial aid is automatically applied as long as you follow all standard financial aid procedures at RC. 

Roanoke College Affiliated Programs

Your complete application, with interest sheet, transcript, passport information page, and fee, must be received by February 1 for study in the coming fall semester, or May 1 for study in the coming spring semester. Candidates for aid are judged on the basis of their academic record, Statement of Purpose, recommendations, and in some cases, their demonstrated need. Funding is generally available for most applicants. Students who are not selected can apply all applicable federal and state financial aid to the cost of an affiliated program. If awarded, Roanoke College institutional grants and scholarships may only be applied to one semester of participation in an affiliated program.

Programs Not Affiliated with Roanoke College

Roanoke College institutional financial aid cannot be applied to unaffiliated programs. Students can apply all applicable federal and state financial aid to the cost of an unaffiliated program.

Virginia Program at Oxford

Special financial aid is available for this program. See Dr. Mark Miller for details.

Policy on Beard and Bittle Scholarships for Study Abroad

Beard Scholarships (tuition, room and board) can be applied: in full toward one or two terms on a Roanoke College international full exchange program (ISEP exchange, Kansai Gaidai University, University of East Anglia), Tuition only to one or two semesters on any other Roanoke College exchange program, Tuition only to one semester on any Roanoke College affiliated study abroad program. Bittle Scholarships (tuition) can be applied: in full toward one or two terms of any Roanoke College international exchange program, in full toward one term of a Roanoke College affiliated study abroad program As with all other Roanoke College institutional financial aid, Beard and Bittle Scholarships cannot be applied to study abroad programs which are neither Roanoke College exchanges nor Roanoke College affiliated programs. 

Policy on Tuition Exchange and Tuition Remission for Study Abroad

Students enrolled at Roanoke College through the tuition exchange or tuition remission programs may apply their tuition exchange or remission benefits to study abroad on Roanoke College exchange programs. Tuition exchange and remission benefits cannot be applied to study abroad on Roanoke College affiliated programs. Depending on their family circumstances, students wishing to enroll in affiliated programs may be eligible for Roanoke College financial aid and should consult with a financial aid counselor.

Internal Sources of Funding

Roanoke College is now offering need-based scholarships. The amount of the scholarships vary but generally do not exceed $1,000. If you would like to apply for one of these scholarships please complete an application and return it to the Office of International Education by the date indicated on the application.

External Sources of Funding

The Assistant Director of International Education is prepared to assist students interested in applying for external competitive study abroad scholarships such as the Gilman and Boren scholarship programs. All students are highly encouraged to consider applying for these awards.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

The Gilman Scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the Institute of International Education.

Over 2,300 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad. Award amounts will vary depending on the length of study and student need with the average award being approximately $4,000.

Students who apply for and receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad are then eligible to receive an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Scholarship Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000. During the 2009-2010 academic year, 50 Critical Need Language Supplements were offered to Gilman Scholarship recipients. Critical needs languages include:  

  • Arabic (all dialects)
  • Chinese (all dialects)
  • Turkic (Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgz, Turkish, Turkmen, Uzbek)
  • Persian (Farsi, Dari, Kurdish, Pashto, Tajiki)
  • Indic (Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Sinhala, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Sindhi)
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Swahili


  • Enrolled as an undergraduate student at a two or four-year U.S. institution.
  • United States Citizen
  • Receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or during the term of study abroad
  • Participating in a study abroad program that is no less than 4 weeks and no more than an academic year
  • Receiving academic credit for study abroad
  • Study in any country not currently under a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Cuba

Deadline for spring 2013 programs: October 4th, 2012.

Deadline for summer and fall 2013 programs: March 1st, 2013.

National Security Education Program (NSEP), David L. Boren Scholarship for undergraduate students

Boren awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. students to study in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 for an academic year's study abroad, $10,000 for a semester, and $8000 for summer STEM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).

The deadline for the Boren Scholarship is February 9, 2013, for study during the 2013-14 academic year.


  • U.S. citizen
  • Enrolled as an undergraduate student at a two or four-year U.S. institution.
  • Applying to engage in a study abroad experience in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand that meets home institution standards.
  • Planning to use the scholarship for study abroad, and the study abroad program ends before you graduate.

Other Scholarship Opportunities:

Critical Languages Scholarship

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) Scholarships

Bridging Scholarships for Study in Japan

Foundation for Asia Pacific Education

Freeman Asia Scholarship

Go! Study Abroad Scholarship

Searchable databases for scholarships:

Institute for International Education