As an Obama scholar you have a great opportunity to use your funding on a GEO program.
Frequently asked questions
Can I use my Obama Scholarship for a Global Education program?
Absolutely! After completing your first year in the Obama Scholars Program you may choose to spend one semester on a Partnership or Exchange program during either the fall or spring semester. This will count as one semester toward the eight-semester maximum. Your funding will continue to be based on ASU cost of attendance and will not cover any Global Education fees. Your cost of attendance will reflect ASU’s standard off-campus budget.
When is the ideal time for an Obama Scholar to participate in a Global Education program?
The best time for an Obama Scholar to go abroad would be junior year, so planning should start sophomore year. With detailed planning, it is also possible to go your sophomore or senior year.
If I apply for Global Education scholarships will my Obama scholarship decrease?
The amount of your Obama scholarship will vary based on additional funding that you receive. See the example below on how your scholarship is calculated.
If I obtain additional scholarship money, am I eligible for refund money?
If the amount of your financial aid exceeds the charges on your account, you will receive a refund. However, the amount of your Obama scholarship will vary based on additional funding that you receive.
If I choose to do an exchange program, will I be granted the housing stipend based on the average cost of living in Tempe, or in the city I am studying in, or at all?
We will use the standard off-campus budget amount to determine housing costs for the Obama scholarship. For more information about off-campus housing cost, refer to our cost of attendance.
If I am a peer programmer/CA/CM one semester and then attend a Global Education program the following semester, will I receive money for housing when I am abroad?
If you have confirmed to spend one semester in an ASU-sponsored Global Education program, please contact Financial Aid and Scholarship Services to review your awards.
Tips to keep in mind
- Begin planning your Global Education program nine months to one year before your anticipated departure
Resources for more information
- Obama Scholars ASU site - Additional information about Obama Scholars using their scholarship to participate in a Global Education program