Using Financial Aid

Many students who study abroad do so with the assistance of various forms of financial aid. Students who qualify for federal, state or institutional aid in the form of grants, loans, or scholarships through the University of Kansas may apply these awards from the Financial Aid and Scholarships (FAS) office toward study abroad provided that they are enrolled in a study abroad program through the Office of Study Abroad (OSA) at the University of Kansas. Students are urged to educate themselves about their own particular situation and their eligibility for minimum/maximum awards while choosing a study abroad program.

Any student who wishes to receive financial aid to study abroad is encouraged to make an appointment with a Financial Aid Counselor at the Financial Aid and Scholarships office (KU Visitor Center, 785-864-4700) to discuss options and processes.  Bring copies of program costs to the appointment with you.  Program costs can be found online on the top of each program brochure page under the 'Program Cost' section.

Types of Aid Available

The following types of aid are awarded by the Financial Aid and Scholarships office (check with the FAS office for eligibility):

    * Federal Pell Grants
    * Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG)
    * Federal Perkins Loans
    * Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans
    * Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan for Undergraduate Students
    * Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans for Graduate Students
    * KU Endowment Loans

Other types of aid available:

Using Federal Financial Aid for Study Abroad

               1. Fill Out Your FAFSA & Apply to a Study Abroad Program

If you have not done so already, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available online at www.fafsa.gov. Contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships office (FAS) if you have any questions about completing the FAFSA and to ensure you have a complete financial aid application.  You must also complete an online study abroad program application by program deadlines.   If you wish to be considered for an Office of Study Abroad (OSA) Scholarship you must complete an OSA Scholarship Application.

2. Confirm That You Intend to Use Financial Aid on Your OSA Online JayhawksAbroad Application

When you apply to a study abroad program, you will see a ‘Financial Aid & Scholarships’ questionnaire on your online checklist. If you intend to use scholarships, loans, VA benefits, and/or any other form of financial aid to pay for your study abroad program, you must choose ‘YES’ and answer the questions asked thereafter.  Once you have done this, the Office of Study Abroad will submit your study abroad budget to the Financial Aid and Scholarships office (FAS) after you are accepted into the study abroad program. This budget will provide the total estimated program cost to FAS, which will be used to calculate your financial aid for study abroad.

3. Contact FAS to Request Additional Aid if Needed

After the Financial Aid and Scholarships office (FAS) receives your budget, you must contact their office and complete any materials needed to request additional financial aid. We encourage you to schedule an appointment with a financial aid counselor in FAS: KU Visitors Center, 1502 Iowa St; 785-864-4700; financialaid@ku.edu. You are not guaranteed to be eligible for enough federal financial aid to pay all costs associated with your study abroad program so it is important to discuss alternate funding sources with FAS (Scholarships, KU Endowment Loans, Private/Alternative Loans.  NOTE: DO NOT commit to a study abroad program until you have secured enough financial aid and know that you can cover all costs associated with the program.

4. Accept Your Aid on KU Enroll & Pay

Once your aid is posted on your KU Enroll & Pay account, accept it and complete any promissory notes for loans. When you’ve secured enough aid to cover all costs of the program, you can commit to your study abroad program by signing the Financial Contract with OSA. After committing to your program by signing a financial contract with OSA, your KU study abroad program fees will be posted to your KU Enroll & Pay account.  You must also enroll in the designated course(s) for your study abroad program on Enroll & Pay so that your aid can transfer.

5. Your Financial Aid is Disbursed

Federal aid is typically available on the first day of on-campus classes, and cannot be disbursed earlier, regardless of the study abroad program dates. If you depart before aid is disbursed, you will need to plan accordingly. We highly recommend Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). The request form is available at the OSA and the Bursar's Office (Room 20, Carruth-O'Leary Hall). It is also available online at www.bursar.ku.eduDon’t forget to verify that you have completed all necessary paperwork with the Office of Study Abroad (OSA) and the Financial Aid and Scholarships office (FAS) before you depart!

Financial Aid for Summer Study Abroad

The financial aid procedures are the same for summer study abroad as for year or semester programs. In addition, there is a one-page summer financial aid application which must also be completed and is available online through Financial Aid & Scholarships office website in mid-February. Follow the steps for disbursement as outlined above in steps 2-5.

Financial Aid for the Year Following Study Abroad

Students who want to receive financial aid for the academic year following study abroad may be required to apply while they are abroad. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed every year, even if you received Financial Aid during the previous year.  More information as well as downloadable forms can be found at the Financial Aid and Scholarships office.

The information on this page is directed towards students at the University of Kansas.  Non-KU students should contact the study abroad personnel or financial aid offices on their campus for their school's policies concerning financial planning for study abroad. Students may also contact the KU Office of Study Abroad with any questions.


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