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Study Abroad Information

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Your first step is to visit the International Programs Office to determine what program is right for you.  Once you have been accepted into your program, International Programs will notify the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships that you have been accepted and we will begin to work on officially revising your financial aid package. In most cases the only remaining eligibility that a student has available is in the form of student or PLUS loans. It is recommended you contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to assure your file is complete and to discuss your options prior to leaving campus.  Failure to complete your file or required paperwork may result in delay and/or problems with aid disbursement.  

In addition, some scholarship opportunities may be available based on your program or provider. Please visit the International Programs page for additional scholarship information!

Please use this checklist to assist you in taking care of your financial aid requirements:

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Sign and submit all follow-up paperwork to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. Check for outstanding requirements using Student Online Services.

Sign and submit a copy of the OSU award letter to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships or accept available aid online through Student Online Services.

Sign Perkins and/or Ford Direct Student Loan Promissory Notes.

Your financial aid budget will increase based on the budget tier information provided for your Study Abroad Program. Any requests for adjustments to your aid package must be submitted in writing. Please submit a Student Loan Revision Request Form.

Complete a consent form Release of Confidential Information.

Notify the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships and the Office of International Education of any address or enrollment changes.

Plan ahead for emergency funding. Do not expect emergency loan assistance through the Office of Business Affairs.  If possible, identify sources for emergency funds before you leave in case an unexpected need arises once you are overseas.

Financial aid refund checks will be mailed automatically to the current mailing address in the OSU billing system. To avoid delays, it is recommended you set up Direct Deposit with the Cashier’s Office before the term begins.

Pay any up front costs. You are encouraged to contact the program directly to determine any up-front cost for the study program or internship. Federal regulations do not permit the disbursement of aid funds until the beginning of each scheduled term.

Pay off any balance on your OSU account. Scheduled financial aid funds are applied to the student billing account.  It is your responsibility to pay any remaining program costs owed to an outside agency or university which are not covered by financial aid. 

For more information on how Study Abroad and Financial Aid work together, check out our Education Abroad and Financial Aid handout. And get started budgeting for your trip with Funding your Term Abroad! Start planning today so your dreams of an international experience can become a reality!

Helpful websites:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Student Online Services

Release of Confidential Information

Ford Direct Loan MPN

Ford Direct Entrance Counseling

Parent Plus Loan Application & MPN

Alternative Loan information

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships helps students participating in study abroad or international internship programs to receive financial aid and scholarship assistance. Students are eligible for financial aid funds, based on costs associated with the program of study. Financial aid can only be applied to programs sponsored by Oregon State University. A current list of OSU-sponsored programs is available in the General Catalog or by contacting the Office of International Programs.

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