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Study Abroad

Financial aid

Using financial aid for study abroad

  • You must complete the UW Study Abroad registration process to use financial aid for study abroad.
  • You can apply any federal, state, or institutional aid awarded to support your study abroad costs.
  • You cannot use tuition waivers, work-study awards, or scholarships specifically designated for tuition.
  • Private scholarships are generally applicable to study abroad. Verify the conditions of your award with the scholarship administrator or donor directly.
  • If you are a not a UW student, you cannot qualify for UW financial aid or scholarships.
  • Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed on the first day of each academic quarter. If your program starts earlier than the financial aid disbursement date, you must finance the start of your studies abroad on your own. Take this into consideration when you plan your study abroad.
  • If your program starts after the start of the UW quarter, your aid will be held until the start date of your program.

Applying for additional financial aid

  • If you qualify for financial aid, you can request an increase in aid from the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) if the cost of the program or exchange exceeds the regular budgeted amount for a UW student living and studying in the Seattle.
  • Complete a revision request form for Additional Expenses and obtain an estimated program budget from UW Study Abroad.
  • Return both documents OSFA.  Based on your FAFSA and the estimated budget, OSFA will evaluate your eligibility for additional funding.

Summer quarter financial aid

  • Summer quarter aid is not part of the general aid package awarded for autumn, winter and spring quarters.
  • If you plan to study abroad summer quarter and need UW financial aid to support your program expenses, you must submit a FAFSA and file a separate application for summer financial aid.

Exploration Seminars

  • If you are participating in an Early Fall Exploration Seminar, your financial aid will not disburse until the beginning of Autumn Quarter.
  • You will not be charged the balance of your program fee until the Autumn Quarter tuition deadline, but you will need to finance all other aspects of your program in advance. Please be sure to plan accordingly.

Short-term loans

  • The Office of Student Financial Aid offers short-term loans for students who are currently enrolled.
  • Repayment is due by the next quarter.
  • Apply on-line through MyUW’s Personal Services.


  • Visit OSFA early in your planning process to get more financial aid information and assistance.
  • Consult with a financial aid adviser before you apply to a program to find out the maximum amount of additional aid you are eligible to receive.
  • Be realistic, plan your study abroad according to the financial resources you have, rather than what you hope to receive in additional aid or scholarships.