Global Leaders is our flagship need-based award program for students who are in need of financial assistance. As part of our commitment to make study abroad possible for all students, we encourage you to apply for a Global Leaders need-based award.
Eligibility Criteria/ Scholarship Guidelines
Families who empower have a domestic income of $65,000 or less, though some qualifying circumstances can be considered. If a student has any questions about whether to apply, please get in touch with the scholarships team at [email protected]
The application process is done through the funding for School Tuition (FAST) service; however, final grant decisions are intended solely by AFS.
The AFS scholarship review committee meets frequently to review FAST applications on a rolling basis.
If you need help completing the FAST application during regular business hours, the team at AFS is happy to help. Call 1-800-AFS-INFO or email [email protected]. Outside of regular business hours, you can get in touch with FAST directly at 1-877-326-FAST. They're open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you already have an existing AFS application, click on the “FAST” logo to the right to begin your FAST application ($43 fee payable by credit card at completion of application). After the completion of an online FAST application, a student will receive an email from FAST with complete information about how to submit your supporting tax documents. AFS-USA awards FAST fee waivers to families suffering from critical economic hardship. This includes the following qualifying circumstances: temporary loss of income or employment unexpected medical expenses recent death of a parent or guardian displacement or damage due to natural disaster loss of income due to long term disability currently on free or reduced lunch at high school currently receiving food stamps. After completing the FAST application you will be asked to submit tax documentation to FAST.