Degree Seeking Scholarships and Financial Aid

Study Abroad Financial Aid Opportunities

Financing your Semester or Summer abroad in Rome, Italy is more affordable than you think! As an overseas American liberal arts university in Italy, John Cabot mission and goal is to create a community of both degree-seeking and study abroad students, while making our study abroad program as affordable as possible.

To recognize the important role study abroad students have in promoting JCU's mission, we offer generous scholarship awards based on merit and financial need and have compiled a list of external scholarship resources, for students interested in external funding opportunities. We also participate in U.S. Title IV Program, which allows students to transfer any existing financial aid from their U.S. home institution to JCU, to finance their studies in Rome, Italy.


Eligible students may apply for the scholarship opportunities listed below.

The JCU Scholarship Committee determines Study Abroad Scholarship award amounts based on academic merit and potential to benefit from the JCU experience as expressed in the application essay.


  • Gap Year and Independent Study Abroad students, as well as students studying at JCU through Tulane Spring Scholars and USC Freshman Program
  • US Citizens are required to insert JCU's School Code G33293 in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Students who apply to JCU through providers (SAI, API, or CEA), come under an existing university agreement, or pay tuition and fees directly to their home institution are not eligible to apply for this scholarship. 


  • Fall: July 1st
  • Spring: November 15th
  • Summer I: April 15th
  • Summer II: May 15th

Study Abroad Scholarship recipients who attend JCU for two consecutive semesters will have their scholarship renewed pending satisfactory academic performance in their initial semester. The Study Abroad Scholarship award will be prorated for students who enroll in fewer than 10 credits for the Fall or Spring term, or fewer than 6 credits during Summer Sessions. The prorated amount will be calculated using the percentage discount of the scholarship on the full time tuition cost.

To apply, please fill out the Study Abroad Scholarship Application

John Cabot University HBCU Scholarships are automatically applied to students enrolled at an accredited HBCU. The award amounts are $500 per summer session and $1000 per fall or spring semester.

Please review the list of universities classified as HBCU.

Recipients of the HBCU Scholarship are not eligible to receive the Engineering Scholarship.  

John Cabot University Summer Engineering Scholarships of $500 per session are automatically applied to engineering majors. Please check with your study abroad office or contact us regarding eligibility and for additional cost information. For further information, contact [email protected].

Recipients of the Engineering Scholarship are not eligible to receive the HBCU Scholarship.  

The Hon. Frank Guarini, Chair of John Cabot University's Board of Trustees, has provided a generous donation to the Columbus Citizens Foundation providing scholarships up to $5,000 for five Italian-American visiting students at JCU each year.

The Columbus Guarini Scholarship application is now open for students applying to the Fall 2024, Spring 2025, and Summer 2025 semesters and who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Study abroad at JCU for one or two semesters
  • Italian descent (at least 25% Italian)
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Total gross household income not exceeding $200,000

The 2024-2025 application will close on May 1, 2024. To apply, please visit the Columbus Citizens Foundation

Biography of the Hon. Frank J. Guarini:

Born and raised in Jersey City, NJ, Frank J. Guarini received his education from Dartmouth College, Columbia University, New York University School of Law, and pursued advanced studies at The Hague Academy of International Law, the Netherlands. Guarini received the Navy Commendation Medal and three Battle Stars for his service during World War II. After working for many years as a successful attorney, he became interested in politics serving in the New Jersey State Senate for two terms and in the U.S. House of Representatives for seven terms. Throughout his career in public and private life, he has always maintained a strong interest in education. He founded centers and institutes at Dartmouth College, New York University School of Law, St. Peter's University, New Jersey City University, and John Cabot University. He is also Chair emeritus of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)

Chairman Guarini is one of John Cabot University's most generous benefactors. In 2008 JCU officially dedicated the Frank J. Guarini Campus to him in recognition of his generous support of the University since he first joined the Board of Trustees in 1995.

Learn more about the external scholarships opportunities offered through the Secchia Scholars Program

External Scholarships & Resources

Students interested in external funding opportunities may find these scholarships and websites helpful in their search. All legitimate scholarship searches should be free of charge.

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) awards scholarships to 60-70 outstanding undergraduate, graduate, and study abroad students in a variety of academic disciplines. Scholarships range from $2,500 - $12,000.

Each scholarship award can be applied to cover tuition and university-provided room and board. Scholarship money not used during one academic year is not transferable to the following academic year. You are encouraged to reapply in subsequent years.

For an overview of available NIAF scholarships, eligibility requirements, deadlines, and to apply, visit the National Italian American Foundation website. 

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) awards scholarships to students who are underrepresented among the US study abroad student population. Scholarship of up to $10,000 are awarded to students studying abroad for a full academic year; $5,000 for fall or spring; and prorated amounts (minimum $1,250) for summer sessions. Preference is given to students from underrepresented groups and those with financial need.

For an overview of available FEA scholarships, eligibility requirements, and to apply, visit the Fund for Education Abroad website.

Eduitalia Advanced Placement (AP) Italian Language and Culture Scholarship

Eduitalia, an Association of 94 qualified Schools, Academies and Universities that offer courses for foreign students in Italy, is proud to support the Embassy of Italy in Washington D.C., in its important initiative to promote Italian language and culture within the United States.

The scholarships will allow winners to live an unforgettable study experience in Italy. All students who will take the AP Italian Language and Culture exam are eligible. Winners will be chosen through a drawing that will take place at the School Office of the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Students who pass the Advanced Placement Italian Language and Culture Examination, and who are age 18 or older, will be eligible to receive a scholarship covering tuition, housing and a meal plan for a Summer session at JCU. 

For more information, please visit the Eduitalia scholarship website, review the requirements & instructions and complete the application.  

The Eduitalia, PRIA Progam Scholarship is a program that promotes Italian language in Russia. Winners of this award are eligible to receive a full scholarship covering tuition, housing and a meal plan for a Summer session at JCU.


If you receive an external scholarship, email the Financial Aid Office a copy of the award letter.

Transfer your Financial Aid

Students studying abroad at JCU for one or two semesters, have the possibility to transfer any current student aid from their home institution to JCU, to fund tuition/housing/meal plans costs. Students may transfer:

  • Federal Student Aid
  • Private Loans
  • Veteran Education Benefits
  • Scholarships/Grants

1) Download and complete JCU's Payment Deadline Extension Request Form (PDERF) with your home institution's Financial Aid Office. The PDERF extends your deadline to pay JCU, for the amount of aid you transfer, until your home institution disburses your financial aid, so you can make payment to JCU.

  • Ask your home institution's financial aid office or study abroad office, if they require you to complete a Consortium Agreement. It is not a requirement for JCU.

2) Email completed PDERF to the Office of Financial Aid.

3) JCU Financial Aid Office will extend your payment deadline for the amount of aid listed on your PDERF and email you a confirmation.

4) Any amount not covered by your transferred financial aid, must be settled within the regular JCU payment deadline. If payments are not made within the appropriate deadlines, a late fee will be applied, and your class registration or housing assignment may be delayed.


  • Fall: July 1st
  • Spring: November 15th
  • Summer Session I & II: April 15th

Students on Direct Exchange or coming through an existing university agreement, should ONLY complete a PDERF to transfer aid for housing/meal plans.

JCU is not authorized to administer federal loans to study abroad students earning credits towards a degree program in the US. Students can only receive Federal Student Aid from one university at a time. Therefore, your home institution must administer all of your Federal Student Aid, which you can then transfer to JCU, to meet your expenses while studying abroad. 

Tuition & Fees

The Office of Financial Aid is dedicated to helping all students learn how they can finance their education at John Cabot University. Learn more about our estimated cost of attendance, tuition & fees, and payment options.

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Contact Financial Aid

Office of Financial Aid
John Cabot University
Piazza Giuseppe Gioachino Belli, 11
00153 Rome, Italy

[email protected]
Tel: +39 06 68191362
Toll Free: 1 (855) JCU-ROMA