Degree Seeking Scholarships and Financial Aid

Study Abroad Financial Aid Opportunities

Financing your Semester or Summer Session 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 we have compiled a list of external scholarship resources, for student interested in external funding opportunities. We also participate in U.S. Title IV Program, which allows students to transfer their existing financial aid from their U.S. home institution to JCU to help students finance their study abroad experience in Rome, Italy.


To help students fund their semester abroad at John Cabot University please review our scholarship opportunities 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. To apply for this scholarship, please fill out the application.


  • For Study Abroad students studying who are Freshman Program, Gap Year or Independent
  • US Citizens are required to insert JCU's School Code G33293 in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Scholarships are not available to 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. Contact the Financial Aid Office at [email protected] for any questions.

Application Deadlines

  • 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.

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 scholarship application for the 2019-2020 academic year is now open for students who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Study abroad at JCU for one or two semesters
  • Italian descent (at least 25% Italian)
  • GPA of 3.0 (85% or B) or higher
  • Total gross household income not exceeding $200,000

The application deadline is March 15, 2019. For information on eligibility and to apply, please visit the Columbus Citizens Foundation's website.

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 further External Scholarships opportunities for study abroad students on our Secchia Scholarships page.

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, and to apply, visit the NIAF website. The NIAF Scholarship application deadline is March 1, 2019.

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. The FEA Scholarships application for Spring 2020 will reopen in July, 2019.

Additional Resources

If you receive an external scholarship, please email [email protected] a copy of the award letter. 

Transfer your Financial Aid

If you plan to study abroad at John Cabot University for one or two semesters, you have the possibility to transfer your current financial aid from your U.S. home institution to JCU. You may transfer:

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

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. Student aid may be transferred to help pay for tuition / housing / meal plans.


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 [email protected].

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

Study abroad students on Direct Exchange or coming under an existing university agreement, are ONLY required to complete a PDERF if they intend to transfer aid for housing and/or meal plans.

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 anticipated budget, tuition and fees, and our payment options.

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Office of Financial Aid

John Cabot University
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00153 Rome, Italy

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Tel: +39 06 68191362
Toll Free: 1 (855) JCU-ROMA