IAP encourages everyone to complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) even if they do not receive aid on campus. You complete a FAFSA as normal and do not need to indicate you are studying abroad.
IAP reports the total cost of the program, not just the program fee, to the Office of Student Financial Aid for all participants.
Once you are accepted to your programs, student financial aid packages are reviewed based on the new costs of the study abroad program. If eligible, the increased study abroad costs may result in an increased award to the maximum level for a given type of aid.
The types of federal financial aid offered through FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) that can be used for study abroad on a UW-Madison sponsored program for a semester, year, or winter break duration are:
- Pell Grants
- Perkins Loans
- Direct Loans
Work Study funds cannot be applied to study abroad program fees. However, declining Work Study for the term you are abroad can be a strategy. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for more details.
Graduate students receiving a tuition remission should inquire with their home department about whether it will apply when studying abroad. There are various types of tuition remissions on campus and some will and some will not continue to be funded.
Some examples of the State of Wisconsin grants and scholarships offered through FAFSA by UW-Madison that can be used:
- Vilas Grants
- Equal Opportunity Grants
- WI Higher Education Grants
- Lawton Minority Grants
Summer Financial Aid Guidelines for Study Abroad
TIP: It might be possible to use a current aid year's Direct Loans for a summer study abroad program. If you were awarded Direct Loans for the current aid year and declined them, you can reinstate them. This means Direct Loan funds would disburse in the current spring term. If all charges are paid, a refund check is issued that you can deposit and use for airfare, other pre-departure expenses, program fees, etc.
Countries have different regulations and opportunities regarding foreign student workers. In many countries it is not possible or very difficult for study abroad students to find employment. Applicants should not count on employment as a source of income during their program.
You can find further information at the U.S. State Department.
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Financial Aid Contact
Office of Student Financial Aid
Sr. Financial Aid Advisor
Phone: (608) 262-3060
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Location: 333 East Campus Mall