• Study Abroad Financial Aid

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Can I use my financial aid package for study abroad?

    For semester-long study abroad programs, Ohio Dominican University students are usually eligible to apply most of their financial aid to an approved study abroad program. All federal and state aid usually applies including: Federal Pell Grant, Ohio Choice Grant, Ohio Instructional Grant, Federal SEOG, Federal Perkins, Federal Stafford and Parent Loans. Accepted study abroad students participating in co-sponsored programs will pay tuition and housing directly through their program provider. All financial aid arrangements must be made prior to leaving for the semester abroad.

    For short-term programs (such as summer programs or faculty-led programs), you should consult with the Financial Aid Office to research your options before the trip. It may be possible to borrow federal loan programs if you are earning 6 or more credits for the short-term trip. There will be some institutional scholarships for students participating in faculty-led programs.

    What requirements must be met for me to use my financial aid for the study abroad semester?

    • You must apply and be accepted by the International Office at ODU into an approved study abroad program.
    • You must meet with the Financial Aid Office prior to leaving for your study abroad program to arrange your financial package.
    • You must maintain the equivalency of 12 US credit hours (minimum) while overseas to maintain your full-time student status and financial aid eligibility.
    • Students are responsible for all program fees, deposits, insurance, airfare, and overseas excursions. It is the student's responsibility to make financial arrangements regarding these fees with the study abroad agency prior to departure.
    • If you leave the ODU campus before financial aid is disbursed for the term you are studying abroad, you must make arrangements with your financial representative to handle your financial aid and/or scholarship checks coming through the ODU Business Office.

    Please note that all financial aid arrangements must be made prior to leaving for the semester abroad.

    Links to additional funding sources

    FinAid: The SmartStudent Guide www.finaid.org/otheraid/exchange.phtml 

    StudyAbroad.com www.studyabroad.com/forum/financial_aid 

    International Education Financial Aid www.iefa.org/ 

    Council on International Educational Exchange www.ciee.org/scholarships.cfm 

    IIE Passport Study Abroad Funding www.studyabroadfunding.org/ 

    Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship Program www.rotary.org 

    Institute of International Education www.iee.org 

    National Security Education Program www.iee.org/nsep 

    The Freeman- ASIA Award Program www.iie.org/pgms/freeman-asia 

    Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship www.iie.org/gilman 

    IIE Midwest Educational Associates Scholarship www.iie.org/midwest/grant 

    Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad grants www.phikappaphi.org/abroad 

    College Board www.collegeboard.com 

    FastWeb scholarship search www.fastweb.com 

    Currency Converter www.oanda.com/convert/classic 

    International Student Travel Confederation www.istc.org 

    Council Travel www.statravel.com 

    Literary Resources

    Financial Resources for International Study: A Guide for Us Students and Professionals (Financial Resources for International Study) by Marie O'Sullivan (Editor), Sara J. Steen (Editor)

    Free Money for Foreign Study: A Guide to More Than 1,000 Grants and Scholarships for Study Abroad (Paperback) by Laurie Blum (Author)   

    Graduate and Professional Students Resources 

    Fulbright U.S. Student Program www.cies.org  


    Marshall Scholarships (UK) www.marshallscholarship.org 

    George Mitchell Scholarships (Ireland) www.us-irelandalliance.org/ 

    Rhodes Scholars (University of Oxford, England) www.rhodesscholar.org/