Funding & Finances

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Funding Your Study Abroad Experience

When selecting your study abroad program, consider the program fees carefully to determine which costs are included and which you will have to pay directly. For example, airline costs are rarely included, and meal coverage, if included, may be partial.

Prepare a comprehensive and realistic budget beforehand, so that your study abroad experience is not disrupted by financial concerns.

If you are eligible for financial aid (grants, loans, scholarships) for a given term on campus, typically your aid can be applied to study abroad, and your financial aid package may be adjusted according to the cost of the program. Always consult with the Financial Aid Office before committing to study abroad.

Many scholarships and awards are available for study abroad, including ones that are specific for participants to UC Davis Quarter Abroad, UC Davis Summer Abroad, UCEAP and independent programs. Take advantage of the workshops offered by UC Davis Study Abroad on how to write a successful scholarship application.

If you need to cancel your enrollment at any time, please be aware of the policies and procedures that apply. Depending on when you cancel, you may be obligated to pay the full fees for the program, including fees for reserved accommodations.

Funding and Finances - FAQs

  • What’s the FAFSA and why do I need to fill it out?
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a report that determines your financial aid eligibility. If you receive aid during the school year, then that same report is valid for the summer. If you have never received aid before but would like to get loans, apply for the FAFSA. Keep in mind that you still need to fill out a SEPARATE Summer Financial Aid application.
  • What if I’m not eligible for financial aid? Do I still need to file a FAFSA or Summer Financial Aid Application on my home campus?
  • Keep in mind that loans are a part of financial aid. If you are interested in taking out a student loan to pay for your abroad experience, you will need a FAFSA on file and submit a SEPARATE Summer Aid application via your home campus Financial Aid office.
  • Are there any scholarships available?
  • Yes, check our website for updates on Awards and Scholarships. Some programs may have specific scholarships for that program alone.
  • How do I get financial aid for a summer program?
  • Summer Abroad
    You must fill out a separate Summer Financial Aid Application with the Financial Aid Office. Usually by mid-March, the Financial Aid Office will offer an online Summer Aid Estimator, in which you can input your program choice and see an estimate of the aid you may receive. This is an estimate and NOT a guarantee of aid, as aid is limited in the summer and given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. The actual Summer Aid Form becomes available in the first week in May and you must register for summer courses first in order to apply.

    UC Education Abroad Programs (UCEAP)
    You do not need to complete the Summer Financial Aid Application if you are going abroad in the summer through UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP).
  • How much aid will I get for the program?
  • Please visit the UC Davis Financial Aid Office’s Study Abroad section to understand how financial aid works for the various types of study abroad programs (UC Davis Quarter Abroad, UC Davis Summer Abroad, UCEAP, and independent study abroad).
  • What if my program costs a lot more than it would to stay here for summer sessions?
  • Financial aid will increase your budget to the cost of your program, increasing your eligibility for aid, which can come in the form of grants and/or loans. Keep in mind that an increase in eligibility does not automatically guarantee you aid for your program. Summer financial aid is severely limited and is given on a first come, first serve basis. It is also determined based on how much of your loan you took out during the school year.
  • Where do I go to view my financial aid offer?
  • Go to your MyAwards. For the aid year, select the current school year. Make sure to accept your loans and submit all required documents in as soon as possible to ensure on-time disbursement.
  • What if I don’t go to UC Davis?
  • All UC campuses are now offering financial aid for UC Summer Session activities. Students should consult with their home institution about financial aid eligibility and deadlines.