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In the Photo: Jaxom Moore, Brazil '15, Oregon State University


We’re committed to accessibility and won’t let finances stand in your way.

Taking a bridge year is a big opportunity – we believe it should also be an affordable one. To date 80% of our Fellows have received some level of financial aid, and 30% have received a full ride. Our tuition is set on a sliding scale from $500 to $32,500 and is entirely determined by financial need. We will work closely with you and your family to determine a financial aid package that works for you.


80% of Fellows Have Received Financial Aid


10 Million Dollars of Financial Aid Granted


30% of Fellows Have Received a Full Scholarship

How do I apply for financial aid?

During the application process, you’ll have the opportunity to fill out a simple Financial Aid Application. Don’t worry, your financial need does NOT factor into acceptance decisions. Fellows are chosen according to our Selection Criteria, not their ability to pay. If you’re admitted to Global Citizen Year, you’ll receive your financial aid award with your acceptance packet.

So what does this cost?

The total cost of tuition for our program is $32,500. We offer both merit and need-based scholarships, and are committed to making our program accessible to all students. Historically, about 50% of our class has received a partial scholarship, and an additional 30% have received a full scholarship. We will work closely with you and your family to identify a financial aid package that works for you.

Who can I talk to about financial aid and tuition?

Our Admissions Team is happy to answer any questions you have!

Send us an email at admissions@globalcitizenyear.org 

or give us a call at (415) 963-9293 ext. 208.

Do you offer merit-based scholarships?

Yes! We’re proud to offer 4 different types of merit-based scholarships.

College Track Scholarship


Global Citizen Year and College Track are launching an exciting new Bridge Year scholarship for College Track students exclusively. The scholarship covers the full cost of the Global Citizen Year program, and gives selected participants the opportunity to pursue a year-long and life-changing international experience prior to their first year of college.


Eligibility: Must be a College Track student

How to Apply: Complete your Global Citizen Year application as normal and simply check the box that indicates you are a College Track student.

Global Changemaker Scholarship


For the first time, we are excited to select a small group of Fellows to be Global Changemaker Scholars. These Fellows not only have a track-record of significant leadership but have changemaking and entrepreneurship in their DNA.


As a Global Changemaker Scholar, you will have opportunities to accelerate your development as a social entrepreneur including:

  • Attending special events with Global Citizen Year Founder/CEO, Abby Falik
  • Receiving mentorship from members of the Global Citizen Year Leadership Team
  • Having exposure to Global Citizen Year’s board and advisors


Additionally, you have a choice between a $5,000 scholarship toward your tuition or a $2,500 Changemaker Grant to be applied toward a project of your choosing during your first year of college. You are encouraged to use the grant to pursue a project that links your Global Citizen Year to your college experience. Examples including: seed-funding for a project in your host community, production of a video or multi-media presentation of your Global Citizen Year, funding to return to your host community to conduct research, etc.


Global Changemaker Scholars are selected through our admissions process – you do not need to fill out an additional application!

Jewish Community Federation Scholarship


Through a partnership with the Jewish Community Federation, we are awarding up to ten $5,000 scholarships to students who are motivated to explore their Jewish identity and values through a Global Citizen Year.


“A good community will pick you up and make you better. My Ecuadorian community represents love, support, generosity and a group mentality. I feel those values taking root in my personality, and reinforcing the Jewish values of openness, confidence and community.”- Isabel Burns (Ecuador ‘14)


Eligibility: Offered exclusively for applicants who self-identify as Jewish (preference given to students graduating from California Bay Area high schools, but available to all US applicants)


How to Apply:  Indicate that you are applying for the Jewish Community Federation scholarship on our application.

United World College Scholarship


Through a partnership with United World College International and patron Shelby M.C. Davis, we are offering up to 30 Davis Global Citizen Year Scholarships. Scholarships cover airfare from Global Citizen Year training in California to your host country, in-country program expenses, and room and board. Scholarships are evaluated based on financial need.

Eligibility: Offered exclusively for UWC students graduating in 2017

How to Apply: Indicate that you are applying for the Davis scholarship on our application.

What does tuition include?


1. Housing for Full Length of Program


2. International Roundtrip Flight 

From US training to your host country and back


3. In-Country Transportation

For program-related travel


4. Three Meals Each Day


5. Trainings

– Pre-Departure Training 

– In-Country Orientation

– Training Seminars

– One-on-One Coaching Sessions

– Weekly Language Tutoring

– Re-entry Training 

6. Travel Medical & Evacuation Insurance


7. Cell Phone & Credit

On loan for communication in host country


Transportation to/from your home to US-based Trainings,  Immunizations, Passports, Visas, Independent Travel Costs, Health Insurance for US-based Trainings, Early Withdrawal or Dismissal Costs, Personal Expenses (meals out, personal calls, souvenirs, etc.)

Time to go

Start your application and take the first step on an awesome journey.

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