Financial aid from Federal, State and Institutional resources may be considered for Study Aboard programs. Students enrolled in an academic program which includes a formal study abroad program may be considered for aid to cover "reasonable costs" associated with the program.
Reasonable costs are define as tuition, housing, food, books and supplies, transportation, air fare, passport fees, program fees, and any other miscellaneous expenses. Documentation must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office on the above reasonable costs to determine your eligibility for financial aid.
Students are required to complete the financial aid process just as if they were attending Ohio Dominican University (i.e. filing the FAFSA, etc.).
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use my financial aid to study abroad?
For semester-long study abroad trips, students may apply most of their financial aid to an approved study abroad program. All federal and state aid may be used for any program-related costs in which the university awards college level credit. Students are not eligible to receive institutional aid (ODU Merit Scholarship, ODU Grants, and ODU endowed scholarships, etc.) for their study abroad experience. You will be responsible for paying the program fee and any other applicable fees to the study abroad organization.
For short-term trips (such as summer programs or faculty-led trips), you should consult with the Financial Aid Office to research your options before the trip. It may be possible to borrow loan programs if you are earning 6 or more credits for the short-term trip.
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 enroll and maintain a minimum of 12 semester credit hours while overseas to maintain your full-time student status and financial aid eligibility. Students are normally enrolled in ODU course LNG-188 to signify full-time study abroad for the semester.
You must meet with the Financial Aid Office to discuss program costs and your financial aid package prior to leaving for your study abroad program.
What other study abroad policies do I need to know?
Study abroad students are responsible for paying their program fee and any other applicable fees to the study abroad organization.
Students are responsible for all other program fees such as deposits, insurance, visa and passport costs, airfare, and extra travel excursions. It is the student's responsibility to make financial arrangements regarding any of 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. You may wish to grant a power-of-attorney to someone you trust to handle financial arrangements for you.
Withdrawal & Refund Policies
Study abroad agencies set their own payment and withdraw deadlines. Pay attention to deadline dates. If you withdraw from the program by the agency withdraw date, more than likely you will only forfeit the non-refundable application fee and enrollment deposits.
After the withdraw date, you may be subject to all incurred fees from that agency. If you are using any federal, state or institutional financial aid to study abroad, your aid is subject to pro-ration if you withdraw prior to the 60% point of the semester. Withdrawing from your study abroad program after the withdraw deadline date or your arrival overseas could be very costly as you will more than likely have incurred all fees and your financial aid must be pro-rated as mandated by federal regulation. Please check with the International Office prior to withdrawing.
For questions regarding how financial aid applies to study abroad, please contact:
Associate Director of Financial Aid
Erskine Hall, Room 147