Financial Aid & Scholarships
Students participating on a UTA Reciprocal Exchange, Affiliate, or Faculty-led program are eligible for the same financial aid they would receive as if they were studying on campus. To ensure that all of your UTA financial aid package will apply towards your study abroad experience, it is imperative that you meet with an advisor in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships as early as possible during the application process. Some military, private and/or non-government awarded scholarships may not be eligible to use towards certain study abroad programs, while other scholarships may require special permission from the granting organization. Please keep in mind that the same policies regarding full-time student status apply on study abroad programs as they do here on campus.
The Study Abroad Office will submit budgets for all programs to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships on your behalf. These budgets can be used to determine the award a student will receive. The official budget will only cover reasonable expenses associated with the study abroad program. This does not include extensive, non-school related travel and a luxurious social life. If you live an expensive lifestyle, you will need to make financial provisions over and above the amount indicated on the official study abroad budget provided by the Study Abroad Office.
The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is located in Davis Hall, room 252. Financial aid issues must be taken care of by you before you leave. The UTA Study Abroad Office cannot act on your behalf to take care of financial aid matters while you are abroad.
Accessing Your Financial Aid
Your financial aid awards cannot legally be disbursed until a minimum of 10 days before the first day of classes at UTA for the semester in which you are enrolled while abroad, regardless of the start date of the program abroad. This means you may have to cover some payments (such as airline tickets, student visas, housing deposits, etc.) and tuition costs while you wait for your financial aid to be disbursed. Be prepared for this. If you are studying on an affiliated program, talk with the program provider about deferring your tuition and fee payments based on your financial aid award.
If you will be receiving your financial aid in the form of a refund, it is recommended that you set up direct deposit through Student Financial Services before leaving for your program. This will allow any financial aid overage to be directly deposited to your bank account instead of having a refund check sent to your permanent address in the United States.