Requesting Financial Aid for Study Abroad
Students interested in study abroad, should complete a FAFSA (www.fafsa.gov) to become eligible for additional aid outside of the university during their time abroad. Be mindful of deadlines. Your FAFSA is good for one school year beginning in the Fall. If you plan to Study Abroad in the Spring, make sure to keep that in mind. Many scholarships and financial aid packages will fund, at least in part, learning experiences that take place overseas.
Be certain to share your study abroad plans and costs with the Office of Financial Aid once you have been accepted by your program so they can adjust the eligibility for aid. All study abroad-related expenses-including airfare, housing abroad, passport fees, visas, etc-are education expenses that make students eligible for more aid.
Eligibility for additional aid, however, does not guarantee additional aid. Be sure to verify with the Office of Financial Aid that your current aid package can be applied to your study abroad experience and to see if you qualify for additional scholarships or loans.
There are many external scholarship options for students who are interested in study abroad. These scholarships are competitive and have specific requirements restricting such factors as academic majors, countries of study, and financial need.