Can I use Financial Aid for my study abroad expenses?
Yes! If you are eligible for financial aid as a student at Georgia State University, you may be eligible to use this aid towards your study abroad program.
The following types of funding may be used for study abroad: 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:
- Make sure to complete your FAFSA application well in advance of your term abroad.
- Once you’ve decided on your program, here are the forms you will need to submit for financial aid:
- Intent to Study Off Campus (for ALL programs)
- Consortium Agreement (for non-Georgia State programs only)*
- Georgia State University Financial Aid Summer Application** (for Maymester and Summer programs only, form is available on PAWS)
- 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.
You can pick up hard copies of these documents in the Study Abroad Programs office or at Financial Aid. Turn the above forms back in to the One Stop Shop or Financial Aid. As with all documents, make copies for yourself before you turn them in!
*If you will be taking part in a non-Georgia State program, you must meet with a Study Abroad Advisor, your Academic 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.
**We highly recommend that you notify the Office of Financial Aid of your expected budget increase for the semester you plan to study abroad. Increased costs include housing, food, transportation (including airfare), etc…