AFS USA provides merit-based scholarships and need-based financial aid assistance to qualified students.

Below are two US State Department-sponsored merit-based scholarships offered to our students:


National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs. Languages include Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, and Turkish. Learn more about NSLI-Y here!

YES Abroad

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program provides full scholarships for American high school students to study for one academic year in select countries with significant Muslim populations. Learn more about YES Abroad here!

Local Need-Based Scholarships

In the Greater Los Angeles area, some local need-based financial aid is available to qualified Los Angeles area students and is based on donations provided to our local scholarship fund.

To make a donation to our local scholarship fund below on this page. For more information about our local needs-based scholarships, please contact us at

Additionally, other merit-based scholarship programs can be found here on the AFS-USA website.

For more information, Contact Us or visit the AFS-USA website. 

Local GLA Scholarships Fund