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Receiving Financial Aid

  • All UK students who apply to and are approved by UK Education Abroad will be allowed to use their federal and state financial aid for credit-bearing education abroad programs.

  • If you are not currently receiving financial aid, you may apply for aid by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. All students are eligible for either need-based or non-need-based aid programs.

  • If you currently receive financial aid, you must first apply to an Education Abroad program. Your Education Abroad advisor can assist you to calculate your program cost and provide you with the program budget form that you can take to the UK Office of Student Financial Aid. This form will list the approximate amount of money needed (including airfare and spending money) to finance that particular education abroad program.

  • You must have an up-to-date FAFSA for the period you wish to study abroad. Keep in mind that the 2011-2012 FAFSA application includes the Summer 2012 terms.

  • While the amount of your aid can be increased due to the additional costs involved in participating in an education abroad program, do not assume you will be awarded 100% of the money needed to cover the costs of your program. Always seek additional sources of funding. A listing of alternative student loans is available from the UK Office of Student Financial Aid. You may apply for these loans once you receive the e-mail notifying you of your award.

  • It's important to discuss with a Financial Aid advisor how your use of financial aid funds for participating in an education abroad program may (or may not) affect your financial aid package needed to pay for subsequent semesters! You don't want to come home from your education abroad program and find out you don't have enough aid remaining to pay for the next semester.

IMPORTANT: Your awarded Financial Aid amount is applied to your UK student billing account at the beginning of the term you are going to be abroad.