Study Abroad & Financial Aid

Federal Student Aid (FSA) Eligibility & UGA Study Abroad Programs:

UGA students may receive the awarded Federal Student Aid (FSA) for which they are otherwise eligible when enrolled in a UGA study abroad program, and are not required to complete any additional financial aid processes.

Students who wish their Cost of Attendance (COA) to be increased due to additional study abroad expenses can complete the Study Abroad Expense Request Form and submit it to UGA OSFA along with the requisite documentation for consideration.  Due to FSA limits, the addition of study abroad expenses may not result in additional financial aid eligibility.

Federal Student Aid (FSA) Eligibility & Non-UGA Study Abroad Programs:

Otherwise eligible UGA students may receive their awarded Federal Student Aid (FSA) when enrolled in non-UGA approved study abroad programs sponsored by other schools or organizations.

Undergraduate UGA students attending non-UGA study abroad programs must complete the Office of International Education’s Transfer Credit Approval Form.

Graduate UGA students attending non-UGA study abroad programs should contact the Office of International Education regarding the Graduate Transfer Credit Approval Form.

HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarships and UGA Study Abroad Programs:

UGA students awarded the HOPE Scholarship enrolled in a UGA study abroad program will be eligible for the UGA HOPE Scholarship Award Amount payable based on the total number of eligible hours in which they are enrolled that semester.

UGA students awarded the Zell Miller Scholarship enrolled in a UGA study abroad program will be awarded an amount equal to the current UGA standard Undergraduate tuition charge on a per credit hour basis. 

UGA students enrolled in a UGA study abroad program are not required to complete any additional financial aid processes to receive the HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship amount for which they are eligible.

HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarships and Non-UGA Study Abroad Programs Offered Thru Eligible Institutions:

Eligible UGA HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship students who enroll in approved non-UGA study abroad programs offered through other HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship eligible institutions (such as other public or private schools within the State of Georgia) must complete the UGA HOPE Transient Form).

The UGA Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) will then notify the student’s host institution if he or she is eligible for the HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship for that term, and if so, that institution will award the student’s HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship for the term.

HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarships and Non-UGA Study Abroad Programs Offered Thru Ineligible Institutions:

Otherwise eligible UGA HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship students studying abroad in approved non-UGA study abroad programs offered through institutions that are not eligible to participate in the HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship program can be awarded HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship for the study abroad program.  Undergraduate UGA students attending non-UGA study abroad programs must complete the Office of International Education’s Transfer Credit Approval Form in order to receive HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship funds for the non-UGA Study Abroad Programs.

Disbursement of Financial Aid:

Except for those HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarship students enrolled in Non-UGA Study Abroad Programs Offered Thru Eligible Institutions, UGA Student Accounts will disburse the student’s financial aid either ten days prior to the study abroad program’s start date or the UGA semester start date, whichever is later.

Students who must pay for study abroad program expenses prior to the disbursement date need to be prepared to pay for those expenses in advance while awaiting their aid disbursement.