Financial Assistance

The International Affairs Conference (IA) provides Financial Assistance for full-week conferees who find themselves under financial pressures and aims to help as many individuals or families as possible. IA welcomes applications from all who wish to join our exciting community and are committed to making IA as financially accessible as possible.

Download the financial assistance form here.

IA Financial Assistance Policy

IA’s Financial Assistance Program funds are generated yearly through the art auction, silent auction, and individual donations. All financial assistance applications are held in strict confidence and are only viewed by the Financial Assistance Committee. The Financial Assistance Committee is comprised of three IA Shoalers, one of whom serves as the Chair, as well as the IA Registrar/Treasurer, who is a non-voting member. Financial assistance may be awarded up to 50 percent of the cost of room and board and up to a cap of $1500 per family. Only full-week conferees are eligible to apply for financial assistance. The boat fee is included as part of your room and board expenses, but conference registration fees, transportation to Portsmouth, and parking are not covered by financial assistance. Financial assistance applications may be made for consecutive years, but repeat requests may be deferred at the discretion of the Financial Assistance Committee until first time applications have been processed. Applicants are encouraged to request only what they truly need and are encouraged to volunteer, as they are able, to assist with conference activities.

Financial Assistance Procedures

Financial assistance applications may be downloaded here and emailed to the Financial Assistance Committee Chair at or mailed to the Financial Assistance Committee Chair at

Kathy Mulligan Lord
9 Orange Street #2
Newburyport, MA 01950

Application should be submitted by March 10th to allow time for the financial assistance committee to award offers and for applicants to submit a conference application by April 15th. Below are important dates for the financial assistance program to operate smoothly.

  • March 10th, Financial assistance application due.
  • March 27th, Financial Assistance Chair notifies applicants of financial assistance offers.
  • April 7th, Applicant notifies Financial Assistance Chair on acceptance of financial assistance.
  • April 15th, Applicant submits conference application and deposit if assistance is accepted

Financial assistance awards are given to recipients on-island during the conference by the Registrar. The Registrar will give the recipient a check, made out to the Star Island Corporation, which the recipient will submit to the front desk when paying his/her room and board bill.

Financial assistance is also available through the Star Island Corporation (SIC) and is processed in June after IA financial assistance has been awarded. Please visit for more information. Applicants may apply for both IA and Star Island Corporation (SIC) financial assistance, however may not accept awards from both IA and SIC. It is acceptable to initially accept IA financial assistance and later turn it down if SIC awards more assistance.