e-Learning Seminar
Student Members

Is it always about the money? Limited finances are often the primary barrier that discourages students from study abroad opportunities. When funding isn’t forthcoming, study abroad and financial aid offices can work together to come up with alternative ways to help support students.

What are some creative and innovative ways to help students finance their study abroad experiences? How can we leverage the funding we already have to help our students?

This e-Learning Seminar will focus on creative ways to help students overcome financial barriers to study abroad. Expert presenters will discuss a variety of innovative initiatives to facilitate discussions among participants regarding how they can implement new strategies on their campus.

Learning Outcomes

After attending this live NAFSA e-Learning Seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify incentives that are not dependent on additional scholarship funding;
  • Describe creative financial incentives for study abroad;
  • Leverage existing scholarship funds in new ways to attract more students.

This e-learning seminar will be relevant to professionals working in education abroad and financial aid offices.


Krista Buda Bethel
Northwestern University

Krista Buda Bethel is the senior assistant director of undergraduate financial aid and manager of study abroad financial services at Northwestern University, where she started in 2007 as the department assistant in the university’s Study Abroad Office. With a background in both study abroad and financial aid, Bethel works with other administrators to develop programming related to study abroad access and affordability, and counsels students and families on the financial considerations of study abroad, including financial aid, scholarships, costs, and budgeting. Prior to joining the team at Northwestern University, Krista interned at IES Abroad; was a work-study student in her college’s study abroad office; and worked in banking and financial services. Krista has a master’s degree in higher education administration and policy from Northwestern and a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and German language and literature from Haverford College, where she also spent her junior year in Freiburg, Germany.

Margaret McCullers
Institute for Study Abroad

Margaret S. McCullers is the associate director of academic and special projects at the Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University (IFSA-Butler), one of the largest non-profit study abroad providers in the United States. In this role, McCullers promotes inclusive excellence in IFSA-Butler programming and practices, and supports the academic integration of study abroad for institutions across the country. She also oversees scholarships, the Financial Need and Aid Committee, and the Work-to-Study Program, which provides opportunities for low-income students to build professional skills abroad. Margaret is co-chair of the NAFSA Education Abroad Knowledge Community Diversity and Inclusion in Education Abroad Subcommittee and was awarded a 2014 Australian Endeavour Executive Fellowship for her work on curriculum integration. McCullers previously worked at the University of Texas-Austin (UT-Austin) supporting underrepresented students and at the University of Georgia coordinating international programming for honors scholars. She holds a master’s in education degree in higher education administration from UT-Austin.

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