Financial Aid Quick Facts

How do I pay for my Study Abroad Program?

Financial Aid Quick Facts

Step 1: Plan ahead!   Start to plan and save for your study abroad one or two years before you want to go.

Step 2: Research Financial Aid. Financial Aid includes Federal grants, Federal loans, work study, GVSU grants/scholarships, private scholarships, and alternative loans -- anything in addition to what you and your family will pay. Start by visiting these websites:


    (Very helpful for competing for national scholarships.)

Step 3: Complete a FAFSA to be eligible for financial aid and need-based scholarships for study abroad. 

Step 4: Attend Padnos Int’l Center’s “Funding your Study Abroad 101 Workshop.”  This workshop is held once a month and helps prospective study abroad students determine how much study abroad will cost and how to fund it.  See the schedule at

Step 5: Calculate your Total Estimated Program Cost.   It includes ALL of this:  program fee, tuition, housing, meals, round-trip airfare, books, passport, visa, immunizations, health insurance, and your spending money.

Step 6: Meet with a Financial Aid Adviser.  Study abroad students MUST schedule a one-on-one advising appointment with Mr. Nick Bromley, GVSU Financial Aid Office in Allendale (100 STU).  Send him an email to ask for an appointment and include your G-number, program type, program duration, and the Total Estimated Program Cost of your study abroad program.

Step 7: Review your Study Abroad Financial Aid options (Will vary for each student):

Fall or Winter semester (12+ cr. required) or Academic Year (24+ cr. required)

Spring/Summer (6+ credits required)
  • Federal grants (Pell grant, etc.)
  • Federal loans
  • GVSU grants that were awarded through the admissions process
  • GVSU scholarships that were awarded through the admissions process
  • GVSU Study Abroad scholarships
  • Private scholarships
  • Alternative student loans
  • Parent Plus Loan
  • Perkins Loan
  • Meet with Nick Bromley ( from the financial aid office to find out if you are eligible for any federal aid!
  • Parent Plus Loan
  • GVSU study abroad scholarships & grants
  • Alternative student loans (requires cosigner; min. 3 weeks processing time)
  • Private scholarships


NOT AVAILABLE in the summer:

  • Federal grants, such as Pell Grant
  • Regular GVSU grants & scholarships that were awarded through the admissions process

Tip:  There are more Financial Aid options for semester and academic year-long study abroad programs, than for spring/summer programs.

Page last modified January 22, 2014