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Applying for Education Abroad Aid

1. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), preferably before the January 15th  Priority Deadline. Summer program students need to make sure that the correct FAFSA is on file (e.g., 2015-16 FAFSA for Summer 2016).

2. Complete the student (top) portion of the 2016-2017 Global Education Documentation Form for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Return this form to the Global Education Office (International Affairs Office, 526 Prices Fork Road, Room 131). The Global Education Office will complete the second portion of the form and send to us.

3. Students must have a 2.5 GPA, and be in good academic standing to participate in an Education Abroad Program.

4. In most cases, the student should have already received a financial aid award package based on Blacksburg campus attendance. The award package is unlikely to increase once we adjust the cost of attendance to reflect the cost of the Education Abroad program. The only additional aid resources for most Education Abroad students include the Parent PLUS loan, Private/Alternative loan, or the Grad PLUS loan (Graduate students only).

5. The program must have an academic enrollment of a minimum of half-time (6 credits undergraduate/5 credits graduate) to qualify for Stafford Loans, Pell Grant, Parent PLUS, Grad PLUS, and most all grants and scholarships.  Private/Alternative Loan availability at less-than-half enrollment is at the discretion of the lender.

Processing Timeline

  • Documentation is processed within 7-14 days upon receipt from the Global Education Office.
  • Per Federal regulations, aid cannot disburse before the start of the Virginia Tech semester in which you are studying abroad.
  • It is important that transcripts (from the host, overseas university) be received and processed promptly. You will receive a one semester grace period in which you will be allowed to receive financial aid while your transcript is being sent in and evaluated; however, no aid will be disbursed during the second semester following your Education Abroad Program until all transcripts have been received and evaluated.
  • If you have program costs that are due prior to the time that funds can be disbursed by our office, you will be responsible for making arrangements to pay these up-front costs.

Individuals Participating in VT-Direct, ISEP-Direct, and Non-VT Programs

  • These programs all require a separate consortium agreement since they involve enrollment through another university. Such programs will require additional forms through the Education Abroad Office.
  • Some types of financial aid cannot be used with consortium programs. A financial aid counselor can review your aid to see if your aid can be used with your particular program.
  • Aid disbursement may be delayed further than the start of the Virginia Tech semester in which you are studying abroad.
  • Money will not disburse until you have reached your destination and have been officially enrolled in classes. The Education Abroad Office from the overseas university will notify the VT Education Abroad Office, who will in turn notify our office. Students and family members cannot confirm enrollment.

Other Tips

  • All requirements should be completed well in advance of program departure date.
  • There is NO GUARANTEE that financial aid will cover your costs for the Education Abroad Program.
  • It is often helpful to discuss your financial aid and loan options with a financial aid counselor. To set up an appointment with your counselor call 540-231-5179 or stop by the Office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid.
  • Share this information with others who are helping you with your financial resources (i.e. parents, family members).

For more information about Education Abroad visit the Education Abroad Office's Website.