Study Abroad

Financial aid may be available for Study Abroad programs

Financial Aid for Study Abroad Programs

Upon request, the UW Colleges Student Financial Aid Office will add the cost of a study abroad trip to any charges the student would be assessed by UW Colleges during the term of study abroad. Adding the cost of the study abroad program will not result in the student receiving additional federal or state grant funds. Instead, it may allow the student to utilize the maximum Direct Student Loan eligibility if the student is not already doing so. See below for annual maximum Direct Student Loan amounts. Additional funding options include a Direct Parent PLUS Loan or an Alternative Loan.

The inclusion of study abroad expenses in considering aid eligibility is limited to official costs as determined by the Study Abroad Office sponsoring the program. 

Maximum Direct Student Loan Amounts

As determined by year in school and the student's dependency status:

Freshman Dependent:  $5,500 of which no more than $3,500 may be Direct Subsidized
Freshman Independent:  $9,500 of which no more than $3,500 may be Direct Subsidized
Sophomore Dependent:  $6,500 of which no more than $4,500 may be Direct Subsidized
Sophomore Independent:  $10,500 of which no more than $4,500 may be Direct Subsidized
BAAS* Dependent:  $7,500 of which no more than $5,500 may be Direct Subsidized
BAAS* Independent:  $12,500 of which no more than $5,500 may be Direct Subsidized

*BAAS includes both junior and senior students.