Sallie Mae Smart Option Private Student Loans
Students who are accepted to PCA and who are US citizens can apply for the Sallie Mae Smart Option Private Student Loan to help them pay tuition and/or living expenses. Students are able to apply for annual loans that equal our annual published cost of tuition and living expenses, however, in the interest of future financial stability of our students, we have set a limit of 10,000€ as the annual amount that students can borrow through Sallie Mae.
Occasionally, upon written request, we can remove this limit but we strongly advise students and their families read carefully about the different repayment options before doing so. Should you require a loan that exceeds this amount, you will need to submit a written letter to the Financial Assistance Committee asking that we remove the loan authorization limit and explaining in detail the reasons for such a request.
To find out more information about the Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan, please consult the their website or give them a call at: 855-429-9759. Please note that our institution’s code is: 609183-00.
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Scholarships for France
Attend College with the French
France is known for its beautiful scenery, great food, excellent wine, high-fashion, and art. All of these factors contribute to making it one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the world. Paris is obviously the first city that comes to mind; but if you are looking for a truly French experience, you must visit the less traveled areas of this country. Not only is it a great tourist haven, but it is also a great place to study.
Almost every subject can be studied while in France, at some French institution. From individual research projects to study abroad programs, there is something for everybody. There are many groups and scholarship opportunities available to those looking to study abroad in France.
Study Abroad Organizations
International Studies Abroad is one of the top organizations when it comes to studying abroad. they offer study abroad programs in Latin America, Europe, and North Africa dedicated to letting students discover a way of life different than their own. Students are also able to achieve their own academic goals.
ISA offers the Carlos Castañeda Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to students based on both academic achievement and financial need. To be eligible, students must be at least a Sophomore in standing and have some knowledge of the foreign language. Also, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 and be receiving some other sort of financial aid. This scholarship provides $45,000 annually in funding- up to $2,500 per student. Hundreds of colleges and universities participate in this program, which makes this program easily accessible and affordable.
Another great opportunity for students is offered through Cultural Experiences Abroad. Their mission is to create and facilitate opportunities for academic achievement, global competence and personal growth through quality international education. Part of their mission is to provide students who can’t quite afford to travel abroad with scholarships.
They offer the Chris Towns France Scholarship specifically for study in this country. It is required that students have a GPA of at least 2.5 and write a 400-500 word essay describing their involvement in any extracurricular activities centered on international issues. This scholarship is open to any student participating in study abroad program in France, administered by CEA. This award is for $1,000.
CEA also offers need-based scholarships. To be eligible, students must have a GPA of at least 2.5 and demonstrate financial need. These awards range from $1,000 to $1,500. There are many other scholarships offered. Visit their scholarship page to see all that they have to offer.
To advance knowledge, the French Embassy created the Chateaubriand Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This fellowship allows supports young scientists who want to conduct some of their research in a French laboratory. STEM encourages partnerships and joint projects at the doctoral level between American and French students. students participating in this program will receive a stipend of 1,400 €/month plus paid-for travel expenses. The great thing about this program is that no prior knowledge of the French language is required.
The Phi Beta Kappa Society is the Nation’s oldest Academic Honor Society. They promote excellence in liberal and the sciences. Many presidents have been members of this prestigious society, including Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush. Dedicated to higher learning at home and abroad, they encourage students to study abroad. To help these great minds, Phi Beta Kappa offers different scholarships for different areas and different studies. The Walter J. Jensen Fellowship is given to an individual who shows that their career choice will or does involve extensive knowledge and use of the French language. To be considered eligible, you must have already attained a bachelor’s degree at any four-year institution and have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0. This fellowship provides a stipend of at least $10,000 and covers the cost of one round-trip, economy-class ticket for the participant to travel to France.
The Archaeological Institute of America offers the Harriet and Leon Pomerance Fellowship. This fellowship is aimed at supporting individual research projects with a focus on Aegean Bronze Age Archaeology. Graduate or postgraduate students who have to travel to a country with a coast along the Mediterranean to conduct their studies are given preference. To be eligible, applicants must be members of the AIA at the time of applying. The Harriet and Leon Pomerance Fellowship awards $5,000 in support.
The Camargo Foundation is a residential center for studies in the humanities and social sciences relating to French cultures, composing, writing, and visual artists working on creative projects. Camargo is located at an entrance of a harbor with a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean in Cassis, France. They offer fellowships to those interested in studying here. This fellowship is more liken to a residential grant. They provide you with a place to stay while studying whatever subject is your focus. Anywhere from graduate students to members of university faculty to composers and visual artists are welcome to apply.
The Newberry library in Chicago is world-renown as a top independent research library. They have many rare books, maps, manuscripts, music, and other prints that cannot be found anywhere else. They are dedicated to promoting knowledge all over the world and have an array of special documents about early European and American civilizations. Newberry offers programs to those interested in residing at the library for a period of four to twelve months to conduct study. They offer different fellowships to those interested in conducting research but aren’t quite able to afford it. The École Nationale des Chartes Exchange Fellowship covers auditor tuition and provides some funding for living expenses for a graduate student enrolled in a PhD program to conduct study at the École Nationale des Chartes in Paris, France. This is a once in a lifetime event that is awarded to only the most deserving of students. Those who show immense dedicated to their research are most apt to receive this award.
The Schiller International University ’s mission is to generate an active involvement, development, and encouragement of international understanding. They have campuses in Florida, Spain, France, and Germany in order to fully achieve their goal. To allow students the opportunity to experience new cultures, they offer scholarships to those seeking their Bachelor’s degrees and their Masters degrees.
Those who are approved fpor their Bachelor’s Degree programs in Europe will be awarded a 15% scholarship off tuition for the student’s first term. In order to be eligible and maintain this scholarship, students must have a GPA of at least 2.25 while enrolled.
The process and scholarship funding is the same for those seeking their Master’s degrees. However, it is required that these graduate students maintain a GPA of 3.0 while enrolled.