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There are several different types of scholarships available for study abroad. Texas A&M University has a generous allotment of study abroad specific funding available through the university, departments, and colleges. There are also opportunities outside of campus resources, including local and national programs. Visit the Scholarship section for more information.

Deadlines vary depending on the scholarship. In general, it can be as early as 1.5 years to 6 months before your program. It is advisable to make note of all scholarship deadlines when you start looking for a program. Since scholarships are not guaranteed and in most instances you will not find out if you have been awarded until after you have financially committed to the program, we recommend making sure you have the funds to pay for the program without scholarships. Also note that most program fees will be due the semester prior to your program departure.

In many instances your individual financial aid package is applicable to a study abroad opportunity. Once you have decided on a program, please meet with a financial aid advisor to explore how your aid package might be applied.

Yes, your available federal and state financial aid award can be adjusted as long as you are participating in an approved credit-bearing international experience. In order to utilize most forms of federal and state financial aid (loans and grants), students need to maintain at least half-time enrollment status. For more information on available aid based on enrollment status, see the Scholarships & Financial Aid website.

Minimum credits to maintain full time enrollment status
  Undergraduate Graduate
Fall 12 4
Spring 12 4
Summer 6 3

For information on Co-Op Credit please speak with your academic advisor and visit the Career Center's Co-op website.

The best time to meet with a financial aid advisor is during the exploration phase. The more specific you are about the type of program that you are interested in and the costs associated the program, the more specific information you will receive. Once you are confirmed to a program you will want to meet with your financial aid advisor again to ensure you understand the award process. It is important to have a FAFSA on file before you meet with a financial aid advisor. You can find more information on the Scholarships & Financial Aid website.

It depends on the term of your program and the type of financial aid that has been awarded. Once you have selected your program and accepted your awards, please communicate with the Scholarships and Financial Aid Office regarding disbursement. Generally, financial aid is disbursed about 10 days before the start of the term or 10 days before the start of your program whichever is later. Since scholarships are not guaranteed and in most instances you will not find out if you have been awarded until after you have financially committed to the program, we recommend making sure you have the funds to pay for the program without scholarships. Also note that most program fees will be due the terms prior to your program departure.

It depends on the program type. 
  • Students participating on faculty-led programs are exempted from the Health Center Fee, Rec Sports Fee, and University Center Complex Fee. Note: If enrolled for one summer term on campus and one summer term off campus, you will be charged all the fees.
  • Students participating on a REEP pay all the Texas A&M University fees including the $300 non-refundable confirmation fee.
  • Students participating on a transfer credit program are exempt from all Texas A&M University fees except the $100  non-refundable administrative fee.
  • Students participating on a research, internship, or volunteer program please contact your study abroad advisor.
For more information about Texas A&M University tuition and fees. See the Student Business Services website.

Program Fees are associated with program expenses that are independent of the actual class, such as lodging, in-country transportation, excursions, etc. Program fees are charged by the Study Abroad Programs Office, Texas A&M University college or department sponsoring the program, and/or the sponsoring program provider/university if participating in a Transfer Credit program.

Texas A&M University Tuition & Fees are the expenses associated with enrolling in a class or classes. Texas A&M University tuition and fees are always charged by Student Business Services and will be the same whether you study in College Station or abroad.

Eligible students can utilize benefits from their Texas Guaranteed Tuition Plan (Formerly known as Texas Tomorrow Fund), ROTC Tuition and Fees Scholarship, and Veterans benefits. Benefits from the above-mentioned can be applied toward the tuition and fees portion of the students’ study abroad expenses. However, how students access these benefits differs by their program type.

Students should research if and how they can use their scholarship(s) by contacting the appropriate person who manages the scholarship(s). If you are not sure whom to contact or if your scholarship can be used, please consult the Scholarships & Financial Aid website.

In either of those unfortunate circumstances, any study abroad specific financial aid will need to be returned. Many of the forms of financial aid will be dependent upon your participation in the program. Please see Withdrawal Policies section for more information.