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Study Abroad Program

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

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. Please see the Study Abroad Office to get a cost sheet.

  • Meet with a Financial Aid Counselor 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 and Insurance/visa costs.

South Dakota State University scholarships may be applied to a Study Abroad program however, documentation of the study abroad experience is required. Please contact the SDSU Scholarship Office at 605-688-4695 for further details. The South Dakota Opportunity Scholarships require you to contact the South Dakota Board of Regents to see if you qualify for an exemption. Please visit the South Dakota Board of Regents for further information.

Please contact Bryce with further questions.