Everyone is eligible for some kind of financial aid and most students will be able to use their existing financial aid and scholarships on study abroad.
You'll need to complete the FAFSA and meet with UND Financial Aid to reevaluate aid based on program costs. Please contact Laurie Kovar with questions. It is recommended you speak with Education Abroad prior to Financial Aid so specific program cost questions are covered. Federal aid goes with you. Institutional aid varies on the program.
Check out how UND student, Chelsey Smith, managed to finance two study aboard experiences.
Types of Financial Aid
- Grants (contact the Financial Aid office for dollar amounts based on enrollment)
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal SEOG
- North Dakota State Grant (12 credits + ND residents only)
- Nursing Loan
- Stafford Loan
- Alternative Education Loans
- FASTChoice is a tool for students to apply directly for private education loans. Use the link provided to find out more through UND.
- The Financial Aid office has a resource for understanding the different types of loans. Find more on their website here.
Employment (only possible on some programs, such as Semester at Sea and in Australia and New Zealand)
- Federal Work-Study (must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours, only through US institutions)
- Institutional Student Employment
- Cooperative Education
- Student visa will specify if you are legally able to work
- Complete the FAFSA for the academic year that you will be abroad.
- Finish Education Abroad application
- Complete Financial Budget Planning Worksheet
- Meet with a Financial Aid Advisor for study abroad to re-evaluate financial need (bring the following documents with you to this meeting):
- Completed Financial Budget Worksheet (on your Education Abroad portal)
- Cost Estimate sheet (if available online)
- Communicate credit load for semester abroad with Education Abroad so they can register you for the placeholder course UNIV 228 or 229
Summer financial aid requires an additional application and federal financial resources are often limited. Be sure to check with the Financial Aid office for dates.
The disbursement of financial aid is typically done during the second week of classes:
- Early September (fall semester)
- Mid January (spring semester)
- Early June (summer term)
In some cases the disbursement may not coincide with the payment requirements of the host institution and you must work with the study abroad institution’s business office to make arrangements. The Financial Aid office may have suggestions for commercial loans, scholarship resources, etc such as FASTChoice or Scholarship Central.