Affordable Financing for Sustainability Study Abroad Trips
As part of Clean Energy Credit Union’s commitment to sustainability, we have partnered with The GREEN Program to offer affordable financing to students and professionals participating in their study abroad programs.
*Monthly payment is dependent on credit qualifications, underwriting factors, and loan characteristics.
With 12, 24, and 36 month terms, you can finance your trip with consistent payments that fit your budget
We offer loan amounts from $1,000 to $6,000 so you finance what you need to make your program experience a reality.
No Loan Origination Fees
To help make financing your trip more affordable, we won’t charge you fees to originate your loan.
Keep your payments right where you want them with a fixed interest rate.
No Prepayment Penalties
Ready to pay your loan off early? We encourage you to prepay your loan payments with no penalty fees.
Never miss a due date with automatic electronic payments withdrawn from your checking account or credit card.
Min/Max Loan Amount
APR as low as
1 Rates are rounded up to the nearest 0.25%
Min/Max Loan Amount
$1,000 – $6,000
12, 24, and 36 Months
APR as low as
8.25% (1) (2) (3)
Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers.
The application deadline is two months prior to the program start date.
Monthly payments will begin within 45 days of signing your loan documents.
We will disburse your loan funds directly to The GREEN Program.
To apply for a loan, please complete our online loan application here. Once completed, you will receive an email with next steps such as becoming a member of Clean Energy Credit Union.
First, see if you’re already eligible to join Clean Energy Credit Union by being a part of our “field of membership,” which currently includes:
- A member of one of the following organizations:
- African-American Credit Union Coalition
- American Solar Energy Society
- Association of Energy Service Professionals
- Colorado Renewable Energy Society
- Denver Electric Vehicle Council
- Electric Auto Association
- Engineers for a Sustainable World
- Georgia Solar Energy Association
- Green America
- GreenHome Institute
- Illinois Solar Energy Association
- Midwest Renewable Energy Association
- Northeast Sustainable Energy Association
- Polar Bear Sustainable Energy Co-op
- RENEW Wisconsin
- Renewable Energy Owners Coalition of America
- Solar United Neighbors
- Texas Solar Energy Society
- Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy
- An employee or volunteer of one of the following organizations:
- A member of the immediate family or household of someone who is eligible via one of the above options or of someone who is already a member of Clean Energy Credit Union
If you’re not already eligible to join Clean Energy Credit Union, you can consider joining one of the above organizations. On your membership application, you can request that Clean Energy Credit Union sign you up for a membership with the Solar United Neighbors free of charge or request that Clean Energy Credit Union sign you up for a one-year membership with the- American Solar Energy Society and deduct the associated $10 membership fee from your opening account balance. Click here to learn more about the field of membership partner organizations listed above.
After confirming your eligibility, you would then open a “share account” (i.e. savings account) with a $5 minimum deposit which would serve as your ownership share in Clean Energy Credit Union. Once someone becomes a member of the Credit Union, they are a member for life. Click here to join Clean Energy Credit Union.
In case it helps, here’s some background on what a credit union “field of membership” is: although credit unions provide similar services as banks, they are different from banks in many ways. For example, a credit union is a not-for-profit, financial services cooperative that exists solely to serve its members and to fulfill its mission, whereas a bank exists to maximize financial returns for its stockholders. Another difference is that a bank can serve the general public whereas a credit union can only serve its “field of membership,” which is defined by regulators as the people and entities that are legally eligible to join the credit union. Ultimately, a credit union’s field of membership is comprised of one or more groups of people and entities that all have something in common that binds them together in some way. Many credit unions have a field of membership that includes people who work for a certain employer, or who live in a certain geographic area, or who are members of the same professional association or religious organization.
If you need to cancel your trip, you will need to contact the GREEN Program to discuss a refund and follow their cancellation policy. Any refund will be paid to Clean Energy Credit Union and put towards your loan. You will be responsible for paying the remaining balance of the loan.
Ready to apply?
Take the next step to financing your sustainability study abroad trip.