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Study Abroad

Students, who are enrolled in an approved SDSU Study Abroad program, and who qualify for federal, state or institutional aid in the form of grants, loans, or scholarships through SDSU may apply these awards toward a study abroad program. Additionally, students are urged to educate themselves about their own particular situation and their eligibility for minimum/maximum awards while choosing a study abroad program.

If you are not currently receiving federal financial aid but believe you may need assistance to fund your study abroad program, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Can I receive additional financial aid to help with my expenses?

  • There is a maximum amount of federal aid you can receive per academic year: you want to make sure you have aid available to use when you study abroad. Alternative loans and Parent PLUS loans are other sources of assistance for study abroad.
  • Once you are confirmed in a program, you can submit a cost sheet to Financial Aid to have your cost of attendance increased.
  • Meet with a Financial Aid Representative as early in the process as possible.

Increased cost of attendance may allow students to apply for additional loan assistance in the form of Parent PLUS loans or Alternative Loans. A student's cost of attendance may be adjusted to accommodate the following costs associated with an approved study abroad program:

  • Tuition and Fees
  • Room and Board
  • Books and Supplies
  • Transportation expenses
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance/visa costs

Will my SDSU Scholarships apply to my study abroad program?

SDSU Scholarships may be applied to a Study Abroad program. Documentation of the study abroad experience is required for SDSU and SD Opportunity Scholarships. Please contact the SDSU Scholarship Office at 688-5201 for further details.

Other considerations

If you anticipate receiving a financial aid refund while abroad, be sure to sign up for Direct Deposit to your checking account via WebAdvisor.

Please contact Julie Hamer at 605-688-4702 with further questions.