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.
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.
- Student must be enrolled as a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Arizona.
- Student must have an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) of $8,000 or less for the previous or current academic year on the FAFSA.
- Student must apply for a credit-bearing Summer, Fall, Spring, Academic Year, or Calendar Year UA Study Abroad and Student Exchange program.
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.
Most UA merit-based scholarships or tuition waivers cannot be used for studying abroad. Study Abroad and Student Exchange 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 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.
Scholarships and Grants List: Excel spreadsheet that includes many scholarships and grants to research
Gilman Scholarship: up to $8000 for Pell Grant recipients to study abroad
Boren Awards: up to $20000 for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad
Freeman-ASIA Awards: For study in East or Southeast Asia
Generation Study Abroad Grant: Scholarship awards of $2500 for U.S. Undergraduates for Study Abroad in Spring 2016
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:
Arizona in the French Caribbean: for Africana Studies majors and minors
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS):
Third party provider specific scholarships:
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.
Click the appropriate button below to open an application for the UA Travel Grant. Follow the instructions within to complete your application.
Please make sure that you are applying for the term that you are going abroad. For example, if you are going abroad in the summer, please select “Summer” as the term for your travel grant application.
Selection and Notification
- Fall and Spring awards are $1000
- Summer awards are $500
All students who submit complete applications by the deadline will have their applications reviewed by the UA Travel Grant committee. Applicants will be notified by e-mail approximately one month after the application deadline. Awards for successful applicants will be posted to their UAccess Bursar account and will be disbursed at the beginning of the program abroad.
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
- Have a minimum 2.8 GPA
- 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
Merit Travel Grant Eligibility
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
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.
Applicants must not have received the Travel Grant in a previous cycle.
Click the appropriate button below to open an application for the UA Travel Grant. Follow the instructions within to complete your application. Only applications that are complete by the deadline will be considered.
Please make sure that you are applying for the term that you are going abroad. For example, if you are going abroad in the Summer, please select Summer as the term for your travel grant application.
Spring programs: October 15 (midnight)
Summer programs: February 15 (midnight)
Fall programs: April 15 (midnight)