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Most Memorable Experience

Watching the youth perform raps, poems and theatre skits about reconciliation in the middle of Kibera, east Africa’s largest slum.

Peter Zook

Journalism & Mass Communications, Sociology
IAP Nairobi, Kenya

Financial Aid

UW-Madison students may be able to utilize financial aid on UW-Madison study abroad programs. Guidelines on the usage can be found on the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) webpage.

If you have not received aid in the past, you may still be eligible for financial aid to help with your study abroad expenses. Students interested in receiving financial aid (loans, grants, scholarships) should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 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. It is possible to apply for aid anytime during the academic year. However, it can often take in excess of 4 weeks to complete the processing of your application with OSFA; therefore, it is best to apply as early as possible.

If you already receive aid, you may qualify for additional funding to offset the extra costs sometimes associated with study abroad. Additional aid often comes in the form of loans, although there are some need-based study abroad grants available annually through OSFA. Likewise, if anticipated study abroad costs are less than on-campus costs; aid packages can be reduced.

IAP reports the total cost of the program, not just the program fee, to the Office of Student Financial Aid for all participants.

The types of federal financial aid offered through FAFSA that can be used for study abroad on a UW-Madison sponsored program for a semester, year, or winter break duration are:

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:

Working Abroad

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.

Financial Aid Contact

Office of Student Financial Aid
Heidi Johnson
Sr. Financial Aid Advisor
Phone: (608) 262-3060
To schedule an appointment with Heidi, please call the main office number.
Location: 333 East Campus Mall