Financial Information & Scholarship Eligibility

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

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.

Contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid with questions at 520-621-1858 or askaid@email.arizona.edu.

UA Study Abroad Scholarship Eligibility

Eligibility Requirements

The UA Study Abroad Office manages several scholarships designed to help eligible students afford the costs of studying abroad. Our office will automatically determine your eligibility for the scholarships we manage upon starting a study abroad application and we will notify you as to whether you have been awarded any of these scholarships PRIOR to the deadline by which you need to financially commit to your study abroad program. Below you will find the eligibility requirements of the scholarships we manage.

 

CDH Charitable Foundation Study Abroad Scholarship

The CDH 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 eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Currently applying to a UA Study Abroad Spring 2019 program - scholarship is limited for use for study abroad programs managed by UA Study Abroad (faculty-led, Microcampus, semester exchange, or direct enroll programs only)
  • Be classified under UAccess as a sophomore, junior, or senior
  • Be classified under UAccess as an Arizona resident
  • Enrolled at the UA as a degree-seeking student
  • Completion or currently in the process of completing at least 30 units, if a sophomore, or 60 units, if a junior, or 90 units, if a senior
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative UA Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • If a transfer student, Admission GPA will be used and must be 3.0/4.0 or higher
  • Demonstrated financial need with a Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file for the current academic term
  • Preference will be given to students identified by UAccess as First-Generation College students.
     

The Explorer's Scholarship

The Explorer's 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 eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Currently applying to a UA Study Abroad Spring 2019 program - scholarship is limited for use for study abroad programs managed by UA Study Abroad (faculty-led, Microcampus, semester exchange, or direct enroll programs only)
  • Be classified under UAccess as a sophomore, junior, or senior
  • Be classified under UAccess as an Arizona resident
  • Enrolled at the UA as a degree-seeking student
  • Completion or currently in the process of completing at least 30 units, if a sophomore, or 60 units, if a junior, or 90 units, if a senior
  • Minimum 3.2 cumulative UA Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • If a transfer student, Admission GPA will be used and must be 3.2/4.0 or higher
  • Demonstrated financial need with a Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file for the current academic term
  • Primary preference will be given to applicant's cumulative GPA
  • Secondary preference will be given to students identified by UAccess as First-Generation College students.

 

The UA Study Abroad Travel Grant

The University of Arizona Travel Grant is a competitive award offered by UA Study Abroad and distributed to applicants with high financial need. Grants are awarded at $1,000 for semester-long programs and $500 for summer programs.

The eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Currently applying to a UA Study Abroad Spring 2019 program - scholarship is limited for use for study abroad programs managed by UA Study Abroad (faculty-led, Microcampus, semester exchange, or direct enroll programs only)
  • Have a FAFSA on file in the current academic year and have an Estimated Family Contribution of less than 8,000
  • Must not have received the Travel Grant previously
  • Must be willing to help promote study abroad at the University of Arizona or the greater community upon your return. After returning from your study abroad program, students are required to fulfill 5 hours of service by choosing an option below.
    • Volunteering at the Study Abroad Fair in September (assisting with setup, managing booths, and takedown)
    • UA Study Abroad Marketeer (work under direction of study abroad to develop/deliver marketing materials/information)

 

Diversity Scholarship

UA Global is committed to increasing diversity in the students we send out on study abroad programs. Not only is this a matter of equity, but it stands at the cornerstone of our mission to show the international community the full range of Americans who form the fabric of our society. Toward that end, we have created the UA Study Abroad Diversity Scholarship that awards two $2,500 scholarships each term (i.e. Fall, Spring, Summer) to outstanding students willing to invest a substantial amount of time upon their return from their program encouraging other diverse students to consider studying abroad.

The eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • To be considered, you must be a member of a student group that makes up a disproportionately small portion of UA students studying abroad. This includes:
    • LGBTQ+ Students
    • Students from Diverse Ethnic/Cultural Backgrounds
    • Student Veterans
    • Students with a Physical or Learning Disability
    • Non-Traditional Students (i.e. over 25 years of age and/or students with children)
    • First Generation College Students
  • be a current degree-seeking UA student applying to a Spring 2019 UA Global study abroad program
  • must not have received the UA Study Abroad Diversity Scholarship in a previous cycle
  • Must be willing to help promote study abroad to students of diverse background. After returning from your study abroad program, students are required to fulfill 10 hours of service working with our Study Abroad Recruiter in performing the following:
    • Classroom Visits
    • Community Center Events
    • Study Abroad Events
    • Social Media & Blogging
    • And More

 

Other Possible Sources of Funding

 

You may qualify for scholarships that are managed outside UA Global, including the Gilman Scholarship for students who receive the Pell Grant and specific scholarships within your academic department. Although it is not exhaustive, our office has put together a list of the scholarships we have compiled into a database. Please visit our Scholarship Tracker to view the available scholarships.
 

Additionally, you may also find additional funding opportunities through utilizing the University of Arizona's Scholarship Universe. By logging in and providing information about yourself, Scholarship Universe will match you with scholarships in its system.