Financial Aid Services Center

Education Abroad

Students who enroll in a study abroad program that has been approved for credit by WWU can be considered for financial aid in most cases.

Participation in a Education Abroad program offers students a valuable academic and cross-cultural experience. A successful experience requires careful and thorough planning.

Preparation

  • Start the planning process by contacting the WWU Center for International Studies, Education Abroad.
  • Consider the if you intend to use financial aid to help fund your program:
    • Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for federal and state financial aid (if you are a resident).
    • Review the Financial Aid Checklist to ensure you have completed important steps necessary for general financial aid eligibility.
    • Visit the Financial Aid Services Center after working with Education Abroad to discuss your eligibility or if you have additional questions.
    • Often, programs will allow payments to be deferred if you are using financial aid to fund your program. Contact our office to assist you with completing required paperwork.

Financial Aid Funding for Education Abroad Programs

As a regular Western student enrolled in an approved education abroad program, your financial aid award will be reviewed for eligibility. Your cost of attendance will be increased or decreased depending on the approved study abroad cost of attendance. Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) will not change; therefore, if the approved program costs are greater than the standard cost of attendance, your financial need increases. Similarly, if the approved program costs are lower than the standard cost of attendance, your financial need will be reduced. Your actual financial aid award will depend on your aid eligibility and availability of funds. Many of the aid types available to you as a regular Western student are also eligible to fund your approved study abroad program.

The following aid programs are eligible for use in Education Abroad:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant
  • Federal TEACH Grant
  • Federal Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized Loans
  • Federal Direct PLUS Loans (Parent PLUS or Graduate PLUS)
  • Washington State Need Grant
  • College Bound Scholarship
  • Private Scholarships (depending on donor requirements)

The following aid types are not eligible to fund a study abroad program:

  • Work Study
  • Western Grant or Tuition Waiver
  • President's Scholarship, Admissions Recognition Waivers, Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or other Admissions Scholarships
  • Multicultural Acheivement Program (MAP) Scholarship
  • Other Western Tuition Waviers

Summer Education Abroad Financial Aid Estimator

If you plan on studying abroad during summer term, you may use the Summer Education Abroad Financial Aid Estimator to calculate your potential eligibility. Additional important information is also available regarding summer financial aid.


Best wishes for a wonderful study abroad experience!