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aid can come from several resources including:
Financial aid that you are receiving at your domestic college or university may be allocated to cover all reasonable expenses of your study abroad trip. This includes federal, state and any other aid you are awarded. Be sure to find out about your university’s scholarships for study abroad and check with your department to see if there are any other scholarships available to students pursuing a degree in your field.
Visit your Financial Aid Office and/or the study abroad office to find out what financial aid resources you can use towards studying abroad with EESA. Be sure to take note of all deadlines for submitting the requirement paperwork to your school.
You should also ask your financial aid office if there is a Contractual or Consortium Agreement that needs to be completed. If so, have that form sent to EESA at email@example.com as soon as possible so that it can be completed and returned to your university.
Eligible students can receive Federal Student Aid for study abroad if they are enrolled in a program approved by their home institution, regardless of whether the program is required for the student’s regular degree program of study, as long as:
- The student is an eligible, regular student enrolled in
an eligible program
at the home school
- The eligible school approves the study abroad program for academic credit.
Federal law also states that Federal Student Aid can cover all "reasonable" costs for a study abroad program, including:
- Round-trip transportation
- Tuition and fees for the program
- Passport & Visa Fees
- Health insurance
- Living costs
Students are encouraged to consult with their Financial Aid office and to fill out a FAFSA application as soon as they decide to study abroad (visit www.fafsa.ed.gov for more information). Federal Pell grants, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants, Federal Perkins Loans, and Stafford Loans www.ed.gov/directloan can be used towards financing your semester abroad. In most cases, students will pay less to study abroad with EESA than they do at their home college or university.
Even students who do not qualify for Federal Student Aid may still be eligible to receive state aid. The U.S Department of education state grant agency provides information on grants, scholarships, and other financial aid for college students from the state, including federally-supported state programs such as Byrd scholarships and LEAP (Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership) grants.
Private loans may help you get the resources you need for studying abroad to supplement any funding obtained from other sources. Here some websites that help you search for study abroad loans:
Student Lending Analytics provides a list of private loan options.
Study Abroad Loans allows you to compare and apply for private loans that apply to you and your university using this online resource.
EESA students are encouraged to consider applying for Gilman International and Boren Awards scholarships. Both programs aim to encourage students to choose non-traditional study abroad destinations and pursue a study of critical languages. EESA programs fit these descriptions perfectly and many EESA students have already received these prestigious awards.