"Financial Aid for International Study through the FAFSA"

United States

Whether you plan to study abroad for a semester or get your entire degree outside the United States, you may be able to use federal student aid to pay your expenses.

What is Aid for International Study ?

Eligibility for funding through FAFSA depends on a variety of factors. One of them is whether the overseas university you want to apply to is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for the FAFSA.

The type of aid you can get will depend on the type of program (study-abroad or full degree) you plan to enter. Your status as an undergraduate or graduate student also affects the type of aid.

Whether or not foreign universities are accepted for FAFSA is decided by the USDE. Here are a list you can use as you decide which school to attend.

Which Schools Participate in FAFSA ?


You may receive financial aid for a study-abroad program, if you meet the federal student aid eligibility criteria. Be sure to learn about the FAFSA process. 

Who is Eligible for International Study Aid ?

You can receive a federal student loan from Direct Loan Program. You may receive a Direct PLUS Loan, Direct Subsidized or Direct Unsubsidized Loan.

What Aid Can I Get to Pursue a Degree at International School ?

Loan funds will be electronically transmitted from the US Treasury to the international school’s designated bank. The school will put the funds toward anything you owe them.

How to Get Paid for International Study ?

How to Apply for International Study Aid ?


You’ll need to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to federal student aid to study abroad.