About Fill the GAP
Get a head start on saving for study abroad! IFSA-Butler’s Fill the GAP (Global Account Program) allows students to begin saving for study abroad as early as their first semester in college. As a bonus, if you save early enough, we’ll reward you with a scholarship of up to $1,000 in matching funds!
Fill the GAP is a great way for friends and family to help you achieve your study abroad goals! Contact Becki Niccum for more information.
Be sure to complete your enrollment and begin saving early! Matching funds will be applied based on your account balance as of the following dates prior to your term abroad:
- Spring/semester 1/calendar year match deadline: July 1
- Fall/semester 2/academic year match deadline: January 1
Fill the GAP participants will receive a student account and an online account page to which they may deposit money. Friends and family can also contribute to the account.
The funds and matching scholarship money can be applied toward the cost of any IFSA-Butler semester or year program. Summer students may also participate in Fill the GAP, but we do not offer a matching scholarship for summer programs.
The scholarship will be awarded based on what is received by IFSA-Butler as of the matching deadline: January 1 for fall and academic year programs, and July 1 for spring and calendar year programs. We set these deadlines early to encourage students to begin saving early for study abroad. Students can continue saving after the matching deadline.
Students interested in taking part in Fill the GAP must be enrolled at an accredited undergraduate institution and submit a pre-application, including their personal contact information, parent information and anticipated study abroad semester/year. Students will be given contact information to pass along to friends and family so that they can contribute directly to the student’s GAP account.
The GAP account will accept payment from debit and credit cards. There is no limit to the amount of money that can be donated to the account.
Once a student has been accepted to an IFSA-Butler program, the GAP account, as well as the IFSA-Butler scholarship, will be applied in the following order:
- Housing and meals
- Housing supplemental (where applicable)
- Account money may also apply to tuition in certain cases
- Airfare reimbursement (airfare reimbursements and any remaining funds will be refunded after program fees have been paid and the student has registered for classes abroad)
Fill the GAP funds cannot be used for:
- Program deposits
- IFSA-Butler custom or partial-support programs
IFSA-Butler will create an account for each participant and will document the names of contributors and their donations. In the event that a student is unable to study abroad through IFSA-Butler, we will send a refund check to the student.
Download the Fill the GAP enrollment form. Once we receive your enrollment form, we’ll also send a study abroad fundraising toolkit with helpful tips on creative funding and savings opportunities.