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When selecting classes to study abroad, How many credits are absolutly necessary to qualify for financial aid?

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Taj’s Answer

Great question, Paulina.


This depends. Typically, students need to be at least half time to receive federal aid (although small amounts of Federal Pell Grant could be qualified for if eligible).


However, other aid - such as aid awarded directly from the institution itself - may have certain stipulations. For example, one fund source available to our students would accrue for every 12 credits a student earned (full time was at least 12 credits). So if a student registered for less than that (study abroad or not), the award wouldn't have been earned.


I said all this to say this: Check with your financial aid office to be absolutely sure so there won't be any surprises.

Taj recommends the following next steps:

Check with your financial aid office about the ramifications of studying abroad on your aid package.
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Dawn’s Answer

If your school has a Study Abroad office that’s the best place to start. In many cases you may need to be full-time for financial aid. Summer programs may provide more flexibility (on credit hours and costs).

I also recommend that you check for scholarship funding. In addition to your financial aid you may be able to find extra sources of funding specifically for study abroad.

Dawn recommends the following next steps:

Check with academic advising to select classes that help you make progress towards you degree.
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