study abroad

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Apply for 2014-15 financial aid by filing your FAFSA online today! You qualify for help.

Financial aid is the best way to pay. Awards may be made in the form of grants, scholarships, student and parent loans, or through the work-study program.


Call 269 387-6000 for details. Or, visit Bronco Express in the Bernhard Center.

Study abroad

As you make plans for study abroad, you need to also plan for your educational costs. We can help. Read on for more.

Apply for financial aid early

Start the federal financial aid application process early. Apply online using FAFSA link off site on the Web. If you will be out of the country after January 1st, remember to still apply for financial aid for the upcoming year.

Know when you are leaving and have all paper work for financial aid done before you leave. Meet with an advisor in the Study Abroad Office. They will assist you in drawing up a budget for your study abroad program.

Financial aid can only be received at one institution at a time in each term. Students can not receive financial aid from two different schools during the same term.

To receive financial aid at Western, you must be admitted and enrolled in a degree-seeking program.


Meet with an advisor in the Study Abroad Office at least three months prior to the semester. After your program has been approved for university credit, they can assist you in drawing up a budget for your study abroad program.

After you have the completed budget from the study abroad office, make an appointment with financial aid to determine your financial aid eligibility and receive assistance in coordination of your paperwork.

While the amount of your aid can be increased due to the additional costs involved in studying abroad (flight, cost of living, etc.), do not assume you will be awarded 100 percent of the money needed to cover the costs of your program. Always seek additional or alternative sources of funding.

Costs, billing & payments

You must be enrolled at least half-time for most financial aid programs. If you are enrolled less than full-time, some awards may be adjusted. Enrollment below half-time may result in the cancellation of your awards.

Scholarships may be paid to you prior to your departure. Special arrangements need to be made with financial aid to release scholarship funds to you early.

All other financial aid is paid to your account through the normal disbursement process and any refund will be mailed, unless you have direct deposit.

If the program is not a WMU program, you are responsible for paying the agency or school that is administering the program.

The cost of your airfare can be included in your financial aid package, but you will receive your airline bill from the travel agency/airlines before your financial aid funds are released. You will also be required to pay that bill before your financial aid is disbursed. Therefore, you will need to make arrangements to pay these bills in advance. Students who foresee problems covering these payments should contact financial aid.

Updated: 10/10/2014 12:30 PM

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