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Study Abroad Financial Aid

You will need to contact the Center for Global Education (CGE) Office to inform them of your interest in a study abroad program.

You will need to speak with your  advisor well in advance of your intent to study abroad to ensure the study abroad courses and credits are approved for your academic program. Financial aid and scholarships can only be applied to a study abroad semester(s) for a student who is seeking their first degree.

Enrollment in a study abroad program/visiting student program, approved for credit by TU, will have enrollment at TU for purposes of applying for federal financial aid. TU will be considered the home school and will be responsible for processing federal financial aid.

Note: If the student will be applying for Tuition Benefit, only one term of a study abroad program is covered by Tuition Benefit.

After a decision has been made on your study abroad program, you and a staff member from the CGE office will complete a CGE Study Abroad Budget Form and a Study Abroad/Visiting Student Form.

Both forms are electronically submitted to the Office of Student Financial Services from the CGE Office. The CGE Study Abroad Budget Form is only beneficial for federal student loan and private loan eligibility.  If the study abroad program you choose costs more than what you have been awarded in financial aid, the additional expenses will be absorbed by the student.

Please contact the Office of Student Financial Services to inquire about the forms required to apply for federal financial aid for a study abroad program and to learn how it will affect the next semester’s federal financial aid when you return to TU. Future federal financial aid of all study abroad students will not be released until the grades from the study abroad program are received and posted to the student’s TU academic transcript.

TU reviews the student’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) every semester which is why study abroad grades must be posted to the student’s TU academic transcript before future federal financial aid can be released. This is an effort to remain in compliance with regulations associated with federal financial aid.

If you are a Presidential Scholar with no federal financial aid, your next semester’s funds will not disburse until academic transcripts have been received from the study abroad program. All Presidential Scholars must complete at least twelve (12) credit hours per semester with a minimum 3.25 cumulative gpa. After study abroad grades are posted to the student’s TU academic transcript, eligibility for Presidential Scholar funding will be determined.

Study Abroad/Visiting Student Form

As stated above, in addition to the CGE Study Abroad Budget Form, you will complete a Study Abroad/Visiting Student Form with a CGE staff member or electronically complete the form online by clicking on the following link:

2018-19 Study Abroad/Visiting Student Electronic Form

The CGE Office will send the Office of Student Financial Services a list of all students who plan to Study Abroad within 2 weeks of the start of the classes.

You must have a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on file to be considered for Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans and a Direct Parent PLUS Loan. You must also be in good standing and making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at the time of your study abroad application and before receiving federal financial aid.

After your CGE Study Abroad Budget Form is electronically submitted by CGE to the Office of Student Financial Services, the form will be reviewed by your financial aid counselor. The figures provided on this form are considered to be estimated pending final review of your study abroad COA (or budget) by your financial aid counselor. If your total study abroad expenses exceed or are less than your TU Cost of Attendance (COA or budget) for the semester you plan to study abroad, those total expenses will replace the TU COA (or budget).

An increase in expenses, increases the COA, which may increase your eligibility for federal student loans, if you have not been awarded the maximum amounts. If you have been awarded the maximum amounts on Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans, a Direct Parent PLUS Loan and/or private loan would be the only alternative for funding. Should your financial aid award be revised, you will be notified through your TU email account.

After your financial aid has been awarded and you are ready to go study abroad, the CGE Office will contact the Bursar’s Office regarding the release of your funds to pay for your living expenses abroad. The Bursar’s Office will contact the Office of Student Financial Services to verify the actual disbursement date to deposit the financial aid funds into your student Bursar account.  The Bursar’s Office can address any questions or concerns you may have regarding how funds are disbursed and how to set up direct deposit.

While you are abroad, you should maintain a full time status; otherwise, you will have received funding you were not eligible to receive.  If this scenario happens, you could lose some of your funding, and it could result in you owing money to TU. If you have questions or concerns about your financial aid funds, contact your financial aid counselor.

Study Abroad Budget Form

The Center for Global Education (CGE) Study Abroad Budget form submitted by CGE to the Office of Student Financial Services will be reviewed by the student’s financial aid counselor. The figures provided on this form are considered to be estimated pending final review of the student’s study abroad cost of attendance (budget) by the financial aid counselor.

The CGE Study Abroad Budget Form will not increase your scholarship funding.  As a general rule, the scholarship, grant and loan funding you receive to attend TU will also apply to study abroad expenses. TU scholarships are not available for a summer semester.

Note:  If you will be applying for Tuition Benefit, only one term of a study abroad program is covered by Tuition Benefit.  If you are awarded Federal Work Study (FWS) in your initial financial aid award and you plan to study abroad one of those semesters, you will need to accept the FWS for the semester you will not study abroad. FWS is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis and if you decline FWS for the year, there is a good chance you will not get it back. If you plan to study abroad for the Fall, you will cancel the Fall, but accept the Spring award and vice-versa.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Due to federal regulations, all federal financial aid recipients receiving Pell Grant, SEOG, FWS, Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct Parent PLUS Loans must be reviewed at the end of each semester to ensure they are making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).  Grades from the semester you went study abroad must be posted to your TU academic transcript, so that the Office of Student Financial Services can review for SAP.  For example, if you went study abroad for the Fall semester, the Office of Student Financial Services cannot release your federal financial aid for the Spring semester until your Fall study abroad grades are posted to your TU academic transcript.

Loan Disbursement

Disbursement of student loans will credit the student’s Bursar account no earlier than 10 calendar days prior to the first day of class of the study abroad program. If applicable, all federal loans will be disbursed in one disbursement, if the student’s study abroad program is for one semester. However, if the student chooses to study abroad for a full academic year (Fall-Spring), the student will receive one disbursement per semester.

Federal loan funds can only be disbursed if the Registrar’s Office has verified enrollment on or before the disbursement date. If enrollment is not verified on or before the disbursement date, then the federal loan funds will not be disbursed and will be delayed until enrollment is verified.