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Applying for Financial Aid

  1. File the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), preferably before the March 1st Priority Deadline. Summer program students need to make sure that the correct FAFSA is on file (e.g., 2019-2020 FAFSA for Summer 2020 programs. For fall 2020, spring 2021, or summer 2021 use the 2020 - 2021 FAFSA).
  2. Complete the 2019-2020 Global Education Documentation Form for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Return this form to the Global Education Office (International Affairs Office, 526 Prices Fork Road, Room 131). 
  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 for their Blacksburg campus attendance. The award package is unlikely to increase once the Cost of Attendance is adjusted to reflect the cost of the Education Abroad program. The only additional aid resources for most Education Abroad students include the Parent PLUS loan and/or Private/Alternative loans.
  5. Students must be enrolled full-time in Fall and Spring study abroad programs (12 credit hours) and at least half-time in Summer programs (6 credit hours) to qualify for Direct Loans, Pell Grant, Parent PLUS, Grad PLUS, and most all grants and scholarships.  Private/Alternative Loan availability at less-than-half time enrollment is at the discretion of the lender. Students participating in Fall or Spring study abroad programs must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours. 


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 a student is 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.
  • Students will be responsible for paying up-front program costs due prior to the start of the study abroad program.

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

  • These programs all require a separate Consortium/Contractual agreement since they involve enrollment through another university. Such programs will require additional forms through the Global Education Office.  Some types of financial aid cannot be used with these programs. A financial aid counselor can review the students' award package to see if it can be used with their particular program.
  • Aid disbursement may be delayed further than the start of the Virginia Tech semester in which the student is studying abroad. Money will not disburse until the student has reached their destination and have been officially attending classes. Students will be required to complete and submit a Verification of Enrollment form to confirm enrollment abroad. This form should be returned to the Global Education Office. 

Other Tips

Most 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 speak with a counselor call 540-231-5179 or stop by the Office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid.  Walk-ins welcome.
  • Share this information with others who are helping you with your financial resources (i.e. parents, family members).

For more information about Global Education visit the Global Education Office website.