Students: Financial Aid

Facts You Need To Know: Financial Aid and Study Abroad

Recent changes in federal law have made it possible for students to use some or all of their federal financial aid for study abroad. Here are some facts you should know:

  • Finanical aid may be used for study abroad. Both direct costs (tuition, room and board) and indirect costs (books, fees, airfare, departure taxes, estimated ground transportation costs, and personal spending) of a study abroad program are included to calculate a student's financial aid package. Once the amount of need and the student's own contribution is determined, some students may receive federal grants or loans equal to or even greater than they receive while studying at their home institutions.
  • There are many forms of aid. Check with your financial aid office about federal forms of aid, including grants and loans, as well as forms of state or institutional aid that may also be available for study abroad.
  • Seek approval for your participation in a study abroad program from your advisor or other appropriate faculty member or administrator on campus. Once your home institution has granted approval for participation in a study abroad program, and if you are otherwise eligible to receive financial aid, then federal forms of financial aid must be applied toward the cost of a study abroad program.
  • You must apply through your home institution to receive financial aid for any study abroad program you choose; once your aid package is awarded, you are responsible for making certain that all funds are forwarded to the appropriate U.S. institution which sponsors the study abroad program.
  • Financial aid can be used to support summer study, as long as you are enrolled for academic credit and you meet all other requirements.
  • It is a good idea to apply early. Early application allows your financial aid office to complete the review of your eligibility for financial aid and to get all of the paperwork done. Be sure to apply no later than fifteen weeks prior to departure.
  • Students from CCIS member institutions can get help in applying for financial aid from their own study abroad and financial aid offices. Students from non-member institutions will find that the staff at the CCIS sponsoring institution, working with students going abroad, can be of invaluable assistance in working through the process of applying for aid.
Other Resources

The Spring 2014 cycle for the Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad scholarships is now open and available to students at The Gilman offers awards up to $5000 in grants for semester study, along with $3000 foreign language supplements for students studying lesser taught languages (Arabic and Chinese are on the list!). Financial prerequisite: student must be receiving or be eligible to receive a Pell Grant.
Deadline: October 1, 2013
Requirement: student must have applied for a semester-long study abroad program at the time of Gilman filing.

The following web site provides useful information and resources available for financial aid:

CCIS Scholarship Program

CCIS frequently offers scholarships to students at member institutions. If your school is a CCIS Member please contact your study abroad advisor for further information.