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Financial Aid for Study Abroad

Financial aid varies from student to student depending on the aid you receive and the study abroad program you chose. Below is information on the various types of aid and how they apply to different programs. However, we highly recommend meeting with an advisor in the Financial Aid Office to discuss your available aid before applying to a program. You can email Melissa Thornton in the Financial Aid Office at to set up an appointment. If you do not know what financial aid you currently have, visit your Bluelink account to obtain a current itemized bill.

Federal and State Aid

What studying abroad for a semester or academic year, students are required to maintain full-time enrollment (the equivalent of 12 US credit hours per semester), federal and state aid can be applied to a study abroad program. During the summer, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 US credit hours (or the equivalent), to receive federal or state aid. This includes Parent Plus Loans, Stafford Loans, Pell Grants, and Oklahoma's Promise. If you receive a Pell Grant, please talk to a study abroad advisor about applying for a Gilman Scholarship.

OCU Scholarships and Tuition Remission

In most cases OCU scholarships may only be used for approved semester- or year-long programs. With such programs, students pay OCU tuition and fees. However, it's important to meet with the study abroad financial aid advisor to determine if your specific scholarships will work for the program you'd like to attend.

Outside Scholarships

If you receive scholarships from outside entities, it is up to the organization to determine if your scholarship can be used for a study abroad program. From our experience, it is common for outside scholarships to be approved for study abroad use as long as appropriate documentation is provided.

OCU Study Abroad Scholarships

Oklahoma City University offers scholarships specifically for study abroad through the Office of Global Engagement, through the Honors Program, and through the World House Scholars Program. Applications for these scholarships are due October 15 for spring programs, December 1 (early decision) and February 15 for summer programs, and April 1 for fall programs. Please complete both the Study Abroad Scholarship Application and the Study Abroad Student Budget and email them to by the deadlines posted above.

National Scholarships

There are also a variety of national scholarships available for study abroad. Click here to reach a list of some of the national scholarships available for undergraduate students and here for graduate students. Additional resources to research scholarships are linked below.

Other Study Abroad Funding Search Engines

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