Understanding how you will finance your experience abroad is an important process and one you must start early. The information on this page will help direct you to both Scholarship and Financial Aid resources. Scholarships refer to need-based and merit-based awards. Financial Aid refers to student loans, grants, and similar assistance. We encourage you to use a combination of both scholarships and financial aid to finance your experience abroad.
This database, however, is by no means an exhaustive list. You should spend a lot of time researching other scholarship and financing opportunities on your own. The following search engines are a good place to start your own search:
Note: Scholarship funds may replace loans or other aid in your financial aid package. Any combination of financial aid plus study abroad scholarships awarded cannot be greater than your study abroad program budget.
Important Dates & Announcements :
Financial Aid for the University of California Education Abroad Program (EAP)
While you are on an EAP program, you continue to pay UC tuition and fees, so you are still a UC student when considering financial aid and scholarship status. Depending on the cost of living in each country, the cost of many programs is comparable to the cost of staying at UCSD. Some are even cheaper. Once you are accepted to an EAP program, your financial aid will be automatically re-packaged according to the cost of your program.
EAP Financial Aid FAQ (pdf)
Financial Aid for the Opportunities Abroad Program (OAP)
While you are on OAP program, you don’t pay UC fees, but you can still use federal and state financial aid as determined by the FAFSA. Your Programs Abroad advisor will explain the required paperwork to you, and UCSD can still disburse these funds to you while you are abroad. Financial aid may also be available through the sponsoring institution, but you cannot receive aid through both UCSD and the sponsoring institution at the same time.
OAP Financial Aid FAQ (pdf)
Deferment of Student Loans
Since students participating on the Opportunities Abroad Program (OAP) are not enrolled at UCSD, you need to download a form and obtain the signature of an OAP staff member to prevent the Stafford loan or Perkins loans from entering into repayment. Follow these steps:
While you are on a UC San Diego Global Seminar (GS) program, you continue to pay UC tuition and fees, as well as administrative and program fees. You are still a UCSD student when considering financial aid and scholarship status. Students with financial need may apply federal, state, and institutional financial aid towards the cost of the Global Seminar.
GS students must separately apply for FAFSA as well as summer financial aid. Summer aid applications are usually accepted beginning in mid April. Consult the Financial Aid Office for the exact date. Since the pool of summer aid money is limited, you should apply as soon as the Financial Aid Office begins accepting applications. If you receive partial financial aid, then you are required to pay the difference between the full UC fees for the Global Seminar and your financial aid package.
Special Note for Summer Only Study Abroad Participants
If you participate in a summer only program, you may use any remaining aid from the previous academic year to help pay for your program expenses. Additional financial aid for summer programs may be available, including Pell Grants for summer studies. Ask at Programs Abroad or the Financial Aid Office. Completion of the UCSD Summer Financial Aid application will be required. The application is usually available in April and must be returned by May 15.
Financial Aid Links