Financial Aid for Study Abroad

Using financial aid can make your study abroad experience more affordable. You must complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) to attain aid if you have not done so already for the academic year. For semester and year programs, all normal financial aid can usually be used towards your study abroad program fees.

To receive financial aid for any UofM sponsored study abroad program (either during the academic year or summer), you must:

  • Be enrolled at least half-time (i.e. 6 credit hours for undergraduates and 5 credit hours for graduate students) NOTE: Law students are considered half-time during the summer ONLY with 3 law credit hours)
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress
  • Not be in default on any student loan or owe a repayment on any grant
  • Have remaining aid eligibility
  • Have a Transfer Credit Request form on file with the Admissions Office

For more information about receiving financial aid to study abroad, visit the Financial Aid Website.

For questions regarding financial aid, please visit the Enrollment Services Center (ESC) located at Wilder Tower 102 or email financialaid@memphis.edu.

Summer Information

If you plan to go abroad in the summer, you may be able to use financial aid as well. If you receive aid during the academic year (i.e. Fall and Spring), the financial aid office would have to consider what aid eligibility (ex. Pell Grant or Direct Loan) you may have remaining for the summer. If you are interested in a study abroad program for the summer, you should complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA), if you have not already applied for the academic year. For Federal Aid, you will need to complete a Summer Request Form with the Financial Aid Office, 103 Wilder Tower. For Summer HOPE Lottery Scholarship, you will need to fill out two forms with the Scholarship Office, 201 Wilder Tower.

Things to Note

One thing that you must keep in mind is that financial aid is disbursed according to the UofM academic schedule and will not be issued early even if your semester at your host school begins before the UofM semester. Financial aid does not come in time to purchase plane tickets or to fund other trip preparation costs. You will need to keep this in mind when creating your budget. In addition, if you are applying financial aid to pay your program fees due to the University of Memphis, you must provide documentation of aid before your invoice due date. Financial aid can only be used to pay host institution fees abroad once it is disbursed and refunded into your checking account. We cannot transmit these funds to your host university. All payments required to your host institution (often housing and deposits) are your responsibility. You must plan to meet all their deadlines, regardless of the release date of your financial aid.