The amount of financial aid applicable to study abroad will depend on your individual financial aid package.
We encourage you to consult with a financial aid advisor in the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) to discuss your financial aid package and how it will apply to your study abroad expenses. Our office will only be able to answer general procedural questions. Take a copy of a program budget (official or unofficial) to OSFA to see how much aid you may be eligible for.
How Financial Aid works with Study Abroad
Regular Term Programs
Fall, Spring, Academic Year & Calendar Year
Shortly after commitment deadlines, the Office of the Registrar will automatically enroll you into a 12-hour placeholder course, for example LAS299. OSFA will then access the official budget from My Study Abroad for all students enrolled into the placeholder course and create award letters.
For summer terms abroad, undergraduate students must obtain a minimum of 6 Illinois credits and graduate students must obtain a minimum of 3 Illinois credits from classes taken abroad in order for financial aid to apply.
Fall or Spring 8-week Illinois Classes
Courses that travel during Winter or Summer Breaks
Immediately before the start of the Illinois term, all billable fees, financial aid and/or scholarships will be applied to your student accounts. If there are funds left over, the amount will be refunded to the direct deposit bank account associated to your student account. Occasionally, financial aid or scholarships may be credited to the account before all study abroad fees are posted. As a result, you may receive a larger refund than you should.
Important note: You should not spend that money until you know that all fees have been billed and paid, especially if the program has optional costs that may bill later. See Billing & Withdrawals page for more information.
Check out OSFA's website for more information on financial aid and study abroad.