International Studies & Programs


MSU Passport Scholarship

In support of a student's education abroad journey, the Office for Education Abroad is proud to announce a new Passport Scholarship available to MSU students to obtain their first passport.

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Due to the overwhelming response, we are no longer able to accept applications for the 2023 MSU Passport Scholarship..


MSU continually seeks every avenue possible to help all Spartans become globally-engaged citizen leaders who are ready to change the world. Having a passport removes a critical barrier to education abroad, especially for students of limited financial means. It may be the first step that allows students to see education abroad as a genuine option.

Having a passport provides the opportunity to study abroad, and also affords personal and professional benefits.

This scholarship not only supports MSU’s overall mission to educate global citizen leaders, but also strengthens the drive to diversify the student population that participates in education abroad.

To apply, each applicant must at a minimum be:

  • A current MSU student
  • Eligible for a Pell Grant
  • Applying for their first passport
  • 18 years of age or older

25 awards will be offered. Students will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are no longer available or until December 31, 2023.

Awards will be in the amount of $200 which should be applied towards the passport application process ($130 application fee, $35 execution fee, $15 photos, and $20 priority mailing fees).

Students will be notified of their award after 25 applications have been received and verified, or the deadline has passed.

Awards will be posted to the scholarship recipient’s MSU Student Account. Students should expect to pay for their passport on their own. The Office for Education Abroad will not directly pay for the passport.

Special thanks to the Institute of International Education (IIE) as MSU received an IIE American Passport Project Grant in 2022 that inspired this program to continue.

NOTE: Several MSU colleges have offered similar passport funding programs in the past (Arts & Letters, Business, Engineering, Natural Science and Social Science). Check with your MSU College for details.