Most of the financial aid that students receive can be applied to semester and year-long approved study abroad programs. Please check with the Study Abroad Office for specifics.
Students interested in studying abroad may wish to consider the possibility of obtaining financial aid (generally including loans) to assist in funding a study abroad program. Students who do not qualify for need-based grants and the need-based Subsidized Federal Stafford Loan may wish to utilize the non-need based Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan.
It's helpful to remember that loans need to be paid back. The subsidized loan is need-based and interest is paid by the government during the in-school period; the unsubsidized loan is non-need based and interest is paid by the student.
Before applying to a study abroad program, check the program's information sheet and the Study Abroad Office for program expenses. In addition to the program fee, consider the cost of tuition and fees, airfare, passport, visa, immunizations, and spending money. Always seek additional or alternative sources of funding.
Yes, students can usually apply their financial aid (including loans) to assist in covering the cost of studying abroad. Current financial aid recipients normally file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the renewal FAFSA yearly, eliminating the necessity to do another one. Make sure your FAFSA is up-to-date for the period when you wish to study abroad.
There are some scholarships, such as the Alumni Distinguished Scholarship (ADS), Distinguished Freshman Scholarship, MSU National Merit Scholarship, and National Merit Achievement Scholarship, which restrict awards for certain types of study abroad programs. Check with the Office of Admissions and Scholarships for details.
You must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form for the same academic period in which you plan to study abroad. The FAFSA is required to determine your eligibility for Pell Grant and other federal and state grants, federal loans (need-based and non-need-based), work-study, and many University of Hartford grants and scholarships. Apply early as aid is awarded only until funding is exhausted.
The FAFSA is required for:
Everyone who meets the following requirements may apply with the FAFSA form:
The FAFSA is available after January 1 for the academic year beginning the following fall. As soon as possible after January 1 complete the FAFSA and return it to the federal processor. The FAFSA changes every year, so be sure you are filing the correct application for your period of attendance. Be sure to renew your application every year.
Apply electronically at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov or visit the Financial Aid Office.
For scholarships and grants you must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 U.S. credits abroad.