The Office of International Affairs strives to develop programs that are as affordable as possible. All Ohio State students may apply for grants and scholarships and can apply most of their financial aid to program costs. The most important part about funding your education abroad experience is to plan early. It will take some research to fully understand your options and you will have to examine your financial situation along with your goals for studying abroad.
You will be able to access your financial aid when you participate in an Ohio State study abroad program as long as you are registered for at least half time (for loans) or full time (for most scholarships and grants) during each semester in which you study abroad. In order to access federal aid for any given year, new and renewing financial aid applicants are strongly encouraged to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) electronically by the January 1 Ohio State priority deadline for the upcoming academic year. To file your FAFSA online, go to fafsa.ed.gov. Indicate code #003090 in Section H on the FAFSA to ensure that Ohio State receives your FAFSA form.
Please be advised that the awarding of financial aid does not always align with the timing of application and admittance to study abroad. Information about using financial aid to fund study abroad can be found at ssc.osu.edu/Study_Abroad.html. Additional information can be found on pages 12-13 of the Education Abroad Handbook.
As a participant in an Ohio State study abroad program, you may be eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through the university or outside resources. To learn more about funding opportunities available to Ohio State students, please see “Funding education abroad” and “Grants and scholarships” at oia.osu.edu/study-abroad.