Financial Aid for Study Abroad

Apply for aid the same way you apply for on-campus study: by completing the FAFSA as soon after October 1 as possible.

Check with a financial aid counselor well in advance of your trip to make sure you have taken the necessary steps to receive financial aid while participating in your study abroad program.

Financial Aid for Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs

If your study abroad program is shorter than the length of a standard SDSU semester (15 weeks), the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships must determine if you and the program can qualify for financial aid. There is no financial aid specifically created for short-term study abroad programs, however, students should contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to discuss options.

Consult a Financial Aid counselor as early as possible once you decide to study abroad so you don’t miss important deadlines or funding opportunities!

If you have other sources of assistance

Notify us of any assistance you anticipate receiving such as:

  • Outside scholarships
  • Private education loans (alternative loans)
  • Fellowship
  • Stipend
  • Research or teaching assistantship
  • Reimbursement for travel expenses

We need to know about other sources of assistance you receive to determine that you have the right amount of financial aid. A financial aid counselor can explain the interaction between costs and resources, so you can maximize your financial aid.