Study Abroad

Financial aid

Using financial aid for study abroad

  • You can apply most forms of federal, state, or institutional aid awarded to support your study abroad costs (including virtual programs).
  • You can also submit a Revision Request Form to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad.
  • Private scholarships are generally applicable to study abroad. Verify the conditions of your award with the scholarship administrator or donor directly.
  • 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 program abroad on your own. Many students take advantage of options like short-term loans through the Office of Student Financial Aid to help bridge this gap.
  • If your program starts after the start of the UW quarter, your aid will be held until the start date of your program.
  • You must complete the UW Study Abroad registration process to use financial aid for study abroad.


  • You cannot use tuition waivers, work-study awards, or scholarships specifically designated for tuition.
  • If you are a not a UW student, you cannot qualify for UW financial aid or scholarships.


  • Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid 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.
  • Meet with UW Study Abroad Advisers and our Scholarships Adviser to talk through financial questions and plan out your budget, including when payments will be due. Advisers can also give you tips on creative fundraising ideas and options that can help you manage costs.

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 Seattle. These additional funds are often in the form of loans.
  • Complete a Revision Request Form for Study Abroad 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 Summer Aid Application, which is usually available after April 1 each year.

Early fall programs

  • You can revise your fall quarter financial aid to help cover the costs of early fall programs. Your financial aid will not disburse until the beginning of autumn quarter, but your program fee will not be due until the autumn quarter tuition deadline. Therefore your aid will disburse in time to cover this cost.
  • You will need to finance all other aspects of your program in advance. Please be sure to plan accordingly. Note that many students take advantage of options like short-term loans through the Office of Student Financial Aid to help bridge this gap.
  • During autumn quarter, you will need to take at least 10 credits (in addition to your 5 credit study abroad program) to be eligible for full-time aid.

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.