Financial Aid

If you anticipate using financial aid, you must submit a copy of your study abroad program budget to the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA).

The amount of financial aid that is applicable to study abroad will depend on your financial aid package. Because there are many variables that determine how your financial aid package applies to study abroad, it is best that you consult with a financial aid adviser in OSFA to discuss your individual financial aid package. Your study abroad advisor will distribute your study abroad program budget to you via email and/or post it to the Documents section on your MyStudyAbroad account.

Your Illinois financial aid and/or Illinois study abroad scholarships will be applied to your Illinois Student Account shortly before the beginning of the semester at the University of Illinois and around the same time that you will be billed for the SIAA Program Fee and Illinois Tuition and Fees. Roughly, this corresponds to:

  • Summer faculty-led programs - May
  • Summer programs (others) - June
  • Fall and first half of Academic Year - August
  • Winter Break - December
  • Spring and second half of Academic Year - January

If you still owe money after your financial aid and scholarships are applied to your Student Account, your Student Account will reflect the balance owed. If you have aid or scholarship funds left over, the amount will be deposited into your Direct Deposit account to help you pay for other study abroad-related expenses.

Please note that, occasionally, financial aid or scholarships may be credited to your account before all study abroad charges are posted, causing you to get a larger direct deposit than you should have received. Please do NOT spend that money until you know that you have paid your study abroad bills in full.

Important: As discussed earlier, you will likely need to pay for various costs before your financial aid and/or scholarships are credited to your Student Account. Such costs may include:

  • Program deposits and instructional fees
  • Accommodation deposits and fees
  • Airline tickets
  • Passport application fees
  • Visa application fees and cost of obtaining supporting documents
  • Immunization and vaccinations
  • Airport pick-up reservation fees

If you are expecting financial aid but it has not credited to your Student Account, you may be able to determine the reason by checking your UI-Integrate Self-Service account, visiting OSFA, or calling them at 217-333-0100.

Check out the Office of Student Financial Aid website for more information on financial aid and study abroad.