Financing Your Study Abroad
There are many financial resources available and to help you realize your dream of studying abroad and we've tried to offer you a good start to your search in this section.
If there is one advice I can offer about scholarships it is to get started early. One of the most beneficial things I did was setting a designated time to complete scholarships. I committed my Friday evenings and Saturday mornings to searching for scholarships, writing essays, and filling out applications. I missed out on parties and other social events, but it was well worth it once I started to read my scholarship award notification letters. Thoughts from a Recent Study Abroad Student
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In many cases, the scholarships and financial aid that you currently use to pay for your education may be used for study abroad.
Most UA scholarships may be applied towards study abroad costs.
- Some exceptions may apply for athletic scholarships.
- If you plan to use your UA academic scholarships please inform the Scholarships Office that you will study abroad. Recipients of the Governor’s award should contact Mary Willis at 479-575-2227.
- You may defer your scholarship disbursement to a later semester by contacting the Scholarship Office.
- Contact the administrators of any outside scholarship awards to determine if they can be applied to your study abroad costs. Usually you are able to use these scholarships if you can prove you will receive credit, which our office can provide for approved programs.
Federal Financial Aid may be applied towards the costs of study abroad programs that meet these criteria:
- Program is approved by Office of Study Abroad
- Enrolment in full-time courses during the period abroad
Federal Aid includes (but is not limited to) Pell Grants, Stafford and Perkins Loans.
- These awards may be applied to approved study abroad programs.
- Do not rule out federal aid if you have previously been unsucessful. Study abroad can increase your education costs, which may result in a financial aid award.
- To determine if you are eligible to receive financial aid you must have a current FAFSA form completed on file. This form may be found online at: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov// or visit the Office of Financial Aid located in Silas Hunt Hall.
- Set an appointment with your financial aid counselor to discuss your options.
Be sure to bring a copy of your budget (see Budgets section) with you to this meeting.
- Students applying for summer aid may need to complete supplemental forms. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.
For more information on disbursement arrangements & process, check out the Paying for your Program section under Prepare to Go Abroad.