Student Financial Aid

Student Financial Aid

Students applying for or currently receiving federal financial aid may use these funds toward their study abroad program costs, as determined by the Student Financial Aid office at UA. Students who plan to use financial aid should complete the following steps based on their program type.


  1. After being accepted into the program, print the Summarized Cost and Payment Sheet  from your application and take it to the Education Abroad office located in 135 BB Comer.
  2. The Education Abroad office will verify your acceptance and stamp your Summarized Cost and Payment Sheet.
  3. Take the stamped Summarized Cost and Payment Sheet to the Office of Student Financial Aid in 106 Student Services where they will process your request.

  1. Complete the Interactive Budget Sheet using actual cost information from your program provider or host institution.
  2. Submit the completed Interactive Budget Sheet to your Education Abroad Advisor via e-mail after UA endorsement for your program. You MUST ALSO include in your e-mail the cost information from your program provider or host institution.
  3. Your Education Abroad Advisor will use your Interactive Budget Sheet and supporting information to create your official Study Budget. You will be notified via e-mail when it is ready for pick-up in 135 B.B. Comer Hall.
  4. Take the official Study Budget, signed by your Education Abroad Advisor, to the Office of Student Financial Aid in 106 Student Services where they will process your request.

Note: Submitting either of these forms does not guarantee that you will receive Federal Financial Aid. Students interested in applying undergraduate scholarships towards study abroad costs should read about the separate process here. (link to undergrad. scholarships page)

Using Federal Financial Aid

Federal financial aid funds are not released until 2-3 days prior to the start of the UA semester.

Students who will use federal financial aid to fund their program abroad must also complete a Current Enrollment Verification Certificate.Within two weeks of the start of their classes abroad students must have this certificate completed and uploaded to their UA Education Abroad application.This document is proof that the student is enrolled full time in accordance with federal financial aid regulations. The Current Enrollment Verification Certificate can be found and later uploaded to the same section of your UA Education Abroad application. Simply click on the “Current Enrollment Verification” questionnaire under the “While Abroad” section.

Students who plan to use funds from their Pre-paid Affordable College Tuition (PACT) program should request a PACT Certification letter from their Education Abroad Advisor(link to staff page).This form must be completed by the student and returned to the Education Abroad Advisor who then submits it to Student Accounts on the student’s behalf. Questions regarding PACT applicability may be directed to Kim Lake in Student Accounts: klake@fa.ua.edu.

Students who plan to use state G.I. Bill benefits should request a G.I. Bill letter from their Education Abroad Advisor. The student must sign and return this letterto the Education Abroad Advisor who then submits it to Student Accounts on the student’s behalf. Questions regarding state G.I. Bill applicability may be directed to Kim Lake in Student Accounts: klake@fa.ua.edu.

Students who plan to use federal G.I. Bill benefits (i.e., Chapter 33, Chapter 35, etc.) should contact Jason Sellars in the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs at UA: ajsellars@ua.edu or 205-348-0983.

For more information visit our Frequently Asked Questions page!