Financial Aid for Study Abroad

Any financial aid you currently receive can be used for study abroad, including: Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and PLUS loans), Perkins Loan, HOPE Scholarship, and other scholarships.

Important: While most students are able to use financial aid to assist with the cost of studying abroad, it is very likely that you will need to cover these expenses up front and then be reimbursed at a later date by financial aid or other scholarships. Due to federal regulations, these funds very rarely come through in time to use them to cover your study abroad expenses directly! Please be aware of this and make arrangements to have your expenses covered in the meantime.

Steps to Securing Financial Aid for Study Abroad:

  1. Make sure to complete your FAFSA application well in advance of your term abroad.
  2. The forms you will turn in at the Financial Management Center vary based on the type of program you participating in:
    • Consortium Agreement & copy of approved Transfer Credit Approval Form (for non-Georgia State programs only)*
    • Hope/Zell Program Transient Request Form (for USG programs only; not required for European Council or USG Asia Council programs)
    • Georgia State University Financial Aid Summer Application (for Maymester and Summer programs only, form is available on PAWS)
  3. Verify how your financial aid package will apply to your study abroad program by meeting with an advisor in the Office of Student Financial Aid. We highly recommend that you discuss your expected budget increase for the semester you plan to study abroad. Increased costs associated with housing, food, transportation (including airfare), etc. can be factored into your cost of attendance via a budget appeal.

*If you will be taking part in a non-Georgia State program, you must meet with a Study Abroad Advisor and complete the Transfer Credit Approval form and turn it in to the Study Abroad Programs Office before you will be eligible to use your aid to study abroad.

Financial Aid for Study Abroad FAQ

A: You will need to turn this form into the Financial Management Center -- they are the ones who keep track of the Consortium Agreements; the Study Abroad Programs Office has no way of confirming with Financial Aid if you've turned these forms in, so make sure to keep a copy for yourself just in case!
A: The best way to get this form to Financial Aid is to drop it off in person at the Financial Management Center (Sparks 227/228).
A: While there is no exact due date for this form, you should turn it in as soon as you've completed your Transfer Credit Approval Form & before you depart for your program!