AFS Global Leaders Need-Based Aid Program

Sponsor: AFS Intercultural Programs

Submission Deadline


Field(s) of Study


Award Amount

$200-$1500 USD


Families who qualify typically have household incomes of $65,000 or less, though some extenuating circumstances can be considered. If you have questions about whether you should apply, get in touch with the scholarships team at The application process is done through the Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) service; however, final award decisions are determined solely by AFS. The AFS scholarship review committee meets regularly 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

Other Criteria

Start your application by selecting the country and program you're interested in. Contact us at 1-800-AFS-INFO if you need help getting started. 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). Upon completion of your online FAST application, you will receive an email from FAST with detailed information about how to submit your supporting tax documents. AFS-USA grants FAST fee waivers to families suffering from significant economic hardship. This includes the following extenuating 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 stampsAfter completing the FAST application you will be asked to submit tax documentation to FAST. Required Documents: 2017 Federal Tax Forms 2017 State Tax Forms 2017 W-2 All appropriate schedules (for personal business, property, etc.), if appropriate Unemployment/disability/retirement income statements, if appropriate Mail copies of your supporting tax documents to: ISM Attn: FAST Processing 1316 N. Union St. Wilmington, DE 19806-2594 IMPORTANT! You must put “AFS-USA” on the front of the envelope under your return address. Faxed or emailed tax forms will not be accepted. It typically takes FAST several days to verify the copies of your tax documents once they are received. When your FAST application has been verified, the AFS-USA scholarship committee will review the application and contact you with the results.

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More Award Details

Number of Awards400
Host InstitutionAFS Intercultural Programs
Nationality RequiredAmerican
Host CountriesArgentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand and Turkey
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