Financing Study Abroad

Please explore the tabs below to learn more about the various ways to fund your study abroad experience!
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Payment Options & Deadlines

All program related expenses will be billed directly to the student’s account and full payments are due 10 days prior to the start of the program. Students may request a payment plan for semester study abroad programs by contacting their study abroad advisor. Payment plan requests are evaluated and approved on a case-by-case basis by USD Student Accounts—the International Center does NOT evaluate or approve students for payment plans. Student accounts will review the requesting students’ payment history and determinations will be made based on this information. Students on payment plans are responsible for making payments on the dates established by .  

Short-Term (Intersession/Summer) Programs

For all Intersession, SYE and Summer programs students are charged the following:

  • $250 non-refundable application fee
  • $700/unit for tuition ($2,100 total for a 3-unit course)

In addition, students will also be charged a program specific fee. Visit your program’s page for this exact amount. For refund questions, please take note of the .

Non-USD student applicants who have been accepted to a short-term study abroad program are also required to pay their account balance 10 days prior to the start of their program.  They can access their account directly through .

Semester Programs

For all Fall and Spring affiliated and exchange study abroad programs, students are charged the following:

  • $100 non-refundable application fee
  •  (for 12-18 units; students wishing to take more than 18 units are required to follow the on-campus guidelines for unit overload and are responsible for additional tuition costs)

In addition, students may also be charged a program specific fee. Visit your program’s page for this exact amount. For refund questions, view our .

Scholarships

For more information about scholarships, please visit the  web page.

Overview

The USD International Studies Abroad programs listed on this website are regarded as extensions of the University's academic curriculum. Financial aid, therefore, is available to eligible students for one semester of approved study abroad in a USD-affiliated program with the exception of tuition remission. However, it is important to note that financial aid packages may change depending on which program the student is attending. Students should meet with a Financial Aid Counselor to discuss this prior to the start of the program. It's also highly recommended that students review the  prior to going abroad.

For more details on financial aid packages and studying abroad, please read the Guide to Financial Aid Consumer Information available on .

Students wishing to study abroad for a second semester can only use their Financial Aid if their program is considered an Exchange. International Studies Abroad Advisors are readily available to assist students in finding programs that fit this requirement.

USD financial aid for Summer and Intersession programs is available only in the form of loans. However, the International Center offers limited need-based scholarships for these sessions. For more information, please visit our .

Students should be aware that financial aid applications are often due before the application to the study abroad programs. Students should therefore plan carefully and submit both applications early. The following are some of the upcoming deadlines:

Application Deadline

Intersession Financial Aid Applications

Available On: October 1st

Due By: November 1st

Summer Financial Aid Applications

Available On: February 1st

Due By: March 17st

FAFSA Deadline for UG Students

Due Around: March 2nd

Students can also view a more detailed , review the  document or speak with a Financial Aid counselor if they have any questions.

For more information, please consult the  in the One Stop Shop in Hughes Center 319 or visit the MySanDiego Portal.

 

Financial Aid and Scholarship Refunds (E-Refund)

If a student receives financial aid or scholarships that are above and beyond the cost of tuition and the additional program fees associated with their particular study abroad program, it is necessary that a student completes the "E-Refund" process by logging into the "MySanDiego" portal. Please note that the student has this login information and will need to complete this process (if applicable) or share the login information with you. Below are instructions:

  1. Go to the  Portal and login
  2. Click on the "One Stop Services" tab
  3. In the "My Student Account" section, click "View My Account," which will take you to the CASHNet site.
  4. Follow the instructions in the "E-Refund" section

Important Forms

FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)

This is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. For this reason, personal student information may not be shared with friends, family, other offices at USD, or the host institution without legal permission from the student (applicable if student is 18 or older). Visit the USD Registrar  for more information.

Power of Attorney Form

The USD Study Abroad  is not required though is highly recommended for study abroad students. This form allows a specified agent to discuss the student's: record, financial aid, and account information. This power of attorney is for a limited time only and is valid for the duration of the student's travel abroad. Upon return, the policy becomes null and void. Once completed, this form must be notarized, thereby become legally binding.

Important Phone Numbers

To Ask
If the FAFSA has been processed (319) 337-5665
About your Cal Grant (888) 224-7268 FREE
About General Federal Aid Information (800) 730-8913 FREE
About Selective Service Status (847) 688-6888
About EDFUND Loans (888) 294-0105 FREE
About loans guaranteed through USA Group/Sallie Mae (888) 272-5543
About loans sold to ACS (800) 835-4611 FREE
About loans sold to Sallie Mae (888) 272-5543 FREE
Federal Loan Ombudsman (877) 557-2575 FREE
State Loan Ombudsman (916) 526-8024
 
To Request:
Duplicate Student Aid Report (319) 337-5665
To Add a School to Student Aid Report (319) 337-5665
Free Copy of Tax Information (800) 829-1040 FREE

Contact Information

All questions regarding financial aid as it relates to study abroad should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid via email at .

Please select which type of program you are exploring to view scholarship opportunities applicable to that program type.

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Additional information regarding the scholarship process including crowdfunding resources, scholarship databases, fundraising opportunities, checklists, information about the Writing Center as well as essay writing tips is available.

Application Checklist

This is a general checklist that students may use for their scholarship application process. Please note, some scholarships may require more or less documentation than is covered in the list.

Crowdfunding Resources

Many study abroad students have been successful in crowdfunding their study abroad experience.  Here's some study abroad crowdfunding tips and resources to get started!

Scholarship Databases/Resources

If you’d like to research additional scholarship options, here are some helpful databases:

Alternative Fundraising Options

Some scholarships may not cover all of a student’s expenses while studying abroad. Click here for alternative fundraising ideas.

Essay Writing Tips

Oftentimes scholarship applications will require one or more essays. Here are some helpful tips and brainstorming ideas to help you conquer this aspect of the application process.

Writing Center

If students are required to write a personal statement and/or essay for their scholarship application, they may have this reviewed at USD’s Writing Center. Here, students will receive one-on-one assistance and receive advice in the following topics:

  • understanding a text
  • thinking critically
  • generating paper topics
  • developing and focusing ideas
  • organizing information
  • refining and expanding ideas
  • grammar and punctuation

For more information, please visit the Writing Center website.

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