IPSL programs combine academic studies and community service and full cultural immersion to give students a deeper, more meaningful study abroad experience.

Financial Aid Information



Many students are able to apply some or all of their financial aid toward the cost of IPSL programs. However, policies and practices regarding financial aid vary widely among U.S. institutions, so you should consult with the financial aid office and/or study abroad office at your home institution to determine whether or not you will be able to apply financial aid, scholarships and/or other support received from your home institution toward an IPSL program.

Under federal law, U.S. students can receive federal financial aid (such as Pell Grants and Stafford Loans) for study abroad if their home institution has approved the program for credit. Federal law also states that financial aid can cover all "reasonable" costs for a study abroad program, including: tuition and fees for the program; round-trip transportation; living costs; passport and visa fees; and health insurance.

Please see the individual program site pages for program fee details.

How to determine eligibility and procedures

Talk to your financial aid and/or study abroad office to determine whether you can apply your financial aid and/or scholarships toward an IPSL program.

  1. If IPSL is already an approved program at your institution, you should be able to remain registered at your home institution, apply federal financial aid toward the program, and receive transfer credit for courses you successfully complete. If you are currently receiving direct need-based and/or merit-based scholarships from your home institution, you will need to determine with your financial aid and/or study abroad office whether or not these funds may be used for off-campus study. Procedures vary from campus to campus; please consult with the appropriate office on your campus.

  2. If IPSL is not a pre-approved program at your home institution, find out what information is required. We are happy to complete consortia/contractual agreements from the home institution and provide administrators and faculty with additional information about the programs.

Methods of payment

Colleges and universities each have different ways of determining methods of payment for study abroad programs. Consult with your financial aid and/or study abroad office to determine the procedure at your institution. The following are three of the most common methods of payment :

  1. The student pays the home institution (whether by paying out-of-pocket, using financial aid, or through a combination of both). The college/ university then pays the program fees to IPSL.

  2. The student pays IPSL directly, and the home institution transfers financial aid directly to the student or to IPSL.  

  3. The student takes a "leave of absence" from the home institution, pays the programs fees directly to IPSL, and is unable to use any financial aid sources.


*Please note that these are not funded by IPSL.

Additional Scholarship Information Links


The IPSL graduate program in International Development and Service qualifies for federal financial aid (FAFSA). Students may also apply for Grad Plus loans through the federal government to cover tuition and living expenses.
General Assistance for students
  • IPSL is proud to offer the Charles Kunert Servant Leadership Award of $2,000, a merit-based scholarship, which will be awarded to one graduate student per cohort who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in one's service placements and cohort during the first two semesters.
  • IPSL loans and scholarships may be available for relocation, tuition, books and international flights; please inquire for more information.
AmeriCorps Alums and Peace Corps Returnees
The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award can be applied in full to the IPSL/Concordia Master of Arts in International Development and Service Graduate Program.
In recognition of their service, IPSL is proud to offer a $5,000 scholarship to all qualified AmeriCorps Alums and Peace Corps Returnees to be disbursed over four semesters, effective Fall 2014. Due to eligibility for the $5,000 scholarship, AmeriCorps and Peace Corps Alums are not eligible to receive addtional IPSL grants or scholarships other than the Charles Kunert Servant Leadership Award. Lastly, the IPSL processing fee is waived for all AmeriCorps Alumni and Peace Corps Returnees.

Graduate Financial Aid Information For IPSL/Concordia Masters in International Development & Service Program