Financial Information

We encourage students to plan ahead financially and look for financial support from many resources:  loans, grants, scholarships, departments, family members, employers, extra-curricular organizations, and religious or social affiliations.  The UA Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid will be a great help regarding questions about loans, grants or scholarships.  Don't forget to complete the FAFSA to start the process of applying for need-based aid (e.g. loans and grants).

To find the estimated cost of a program, use the program search tool.  Once you have selected the program, click on the "Budget" link in the top right corner of the page for cost estimates. 

Billing and Payment

Study Abroad Billing and Payment Policies

Study Abroad Deposit/Fee Deferment Request

Some students may be eligible to defer the cost of their study abroad deposit or fee. If you meet (or think you meet) the below requirements, please speak to your Study Abroad Coordinator and complete the appropriate form by the application deadline.

  1. Student must be enrolled as a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Arizona.
  2. Student must have an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) of $8,000 or less for the previous or current academic year on the FAFSA.
  3. Student must apply for a credit-bearing Summer, Fall, Spring, Academic Year, or Calendar Year UA Study Abroad program.
  4. Student must submit this form by the study abroad program application deadline.

Withdrawal Policy

Withdrawal and Refund Policies

If you would like to withdraw from a program, you should first contact your study abroad coordinator, then complete the Study Abroad Withdrawal Form.


Financial Aid & UA Scholarships

FAFSA (federal grants and loans) CAN be used for study abroad.  This includes the Pell Grant, University Grant, Arizona Assurance, subsidized loans, unsubsidized loans, and the Parent PLUS loan.

Please note - Arizona Assurance can be utilized only toward direct credit programming.

Most UA merit-based scholarships or tuition waivers cannot be used for studying abroad. UA Study Abroad  will work with the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) to ensure that those scholarships/waivers are automatically deferred while you are abroad, but please confirm with Financial Aid as to whether or not your specific scholarship is applicable. Qualified Tuition Reduction (QTR) for faculty, staff and dependents is not valid for study abroad.  Additionally, students cannot use payment plans to pay for study abroad.

Scholarships eligible to be utilized while studying abroad include:

  • One-time $1,500 study abroad award for eligible students who have a National Merit Finalist, National Hispanic or National Achievement Tuition Award. The tuition award may not be used while abroad, but will be deferred. Review the Terms and Conditions for details on deferments at the UA Scholarships website.
  • Flinn Foundation Scholars
  • Baird Foundation Scholars
  • Dorrance Foundation Scholars
  • Some private non-UA scholarships (consult with donors)

Summer Study Abroad

All students participating in a summer study abroad program should have a current FAFSA on file if they need financial aid. Study Abroad will communicate with the Financial Aid office regarding summer program enrollments. Aid is distributed to qualified students on a first-come, first-served basis.

Scholarship Universe

Scholarship Universe is a UA developed web database that automatically lists all scholarships that you are eligible for based on a profile that you submit.  This is a great tool in general to find scholarships for your university education, but also to find specific scholarships for studying abroad.

Contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid with questions at 520-621-1858 or

Study Abroad Scholarships


CDH Charitable Foundation Study Abroad Scholarship

The CDH Charitable Foundation Study Abroad Scholarship awards up to $7,000 for a semester study abroad ($5,000 for summer), with the aim to diversify the student population studying abroad. The application deadline for this scholarship is April 20 to be used for all Fall and Academic Year study abroad programs. The eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • You must be an Arizona resident.
  • Admitted and enrolled at the UA in sophomore, junior or senior standing
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative UA GPA
  • Demonstrated financial need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Preference will be given to first generation students
  • Applied to a UA Study Abroad program - scholarship is limited for use on UA managed study abroad programs managed by UA Study Abroad (this includes faculty-led, exchange or direct enroll programs only)

Click this LINK for directions on how to apply for the CDH Charitable Foundation Study Abroad Scholarship on Scholarship Universe.

There are many other scholarships available for study abroad. The Scholarships and Grants List is an excel spreadsheet that includes many scholarships and grants to research. Featured scholarships in this list include:

  • The University of Arizona Travel Grant is a competitive award offered by UA Study Abroad and distributed to both need and merit applicants. Grants are limited and highly competitive. Only complete UA Travel Grant applications are considered, and all complete applications will be reviewed by the UA Travel Grant committee.  If interested, please see the tab below called "UA Travel Grant."
  • The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.  Up to $8,000 for eligible participants.
  • The Boren Scholarship represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.  Up to $20,000 for a 6-12 month program. 
  • Freeman-ASIA Awards: For study in East or Southeast Asia.
  • SILLC Global Award Fund: Scholarships for students majoring in SILLC disciplines or minoring in Critical Languages or Intercultural Studies for study and internships abroad.

Program Specific Scholarships:

LGBTQ Scholarships:

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS):

Third party provider specific scholarships:


UA Travel Grant


The University of Arizona Travel Grant is a competitive award offered by Study Abroad and Student Exchange (SASE) and distributed to both need and merit applicants.  Grants are limited and highly competitive.  Only complete UA Travel Grant applications are considered, and all complete applications will be reviewed by the UA Travel Grant committee.

Selection and Notification

 Awards for successful applicants will be posted to their UAccess Bursar account and will be disbursed according to financial aid policies and procedures.  

Award Amounts

  • Fall and Academic Year awards are $1000
  • Spring awards are $1000
  • Spring Break and Winter Break are $500 (Need-based grants only)
  • Summer awards are $500


  • Spring programs: October 25 (midnight)
  • Spring Break and Winter Break programs: October 25 (midnight)
  • Summer programs: February 25 (midnight)
  • Fall and Academic Year programs: April 25 (midnight)

Need Travel Grant Eligibility

To apply for the need-based Travel Grant, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a degree-seeking UA student accepted to a SASE-promoted program
  • Receive the Pell Grant/University Grant OR accept student loans OR write a need justification statement that details how you demonstrate need (this statement will be evaluated separately for eligibility)
  • Must not have received the Travel Grant in a previous cycle

*Note: SASE reserves the right to review complete financial student profile to determine need

To apply for the merit-based Travel Grant, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a degree-seeking UA student accepted to a SASE-promoted program
  • Have a minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Must not have received the Travel Grant in a previous cycle

Students who meet both the need-based AND merit-based criteria may apply to both separately.  However, students are only eligible to receive one (1) award per semester.


The application is located on Scholarship Universe.  Click the appropriate button below to find out more information on the application process. Only applications that are complete by the deadline will be considered.  

Fall Programs 2018 Application: