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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Aid for Education Abroad

You’ve got your destination in view with the Education Abroad Office, but your financial situation seems a little unclear. You may be able to get financial aid.

Guidelines for Receiving Aid for Education Abroad

If you wish to use financial aid to help pay for your education abroad, please submit an Education Abroad Prescreen Form to our office. This will help us determine your eligibility.

Fee Payment Using Financial Aid 

If your fees are paid to UofSC Columbia, you can use all of your UofSC awarded financial aid except Federal Work-Study. Fees paid to another school require a consortium agreement. This agreement allows UofSC and your host school to agree to allow UofSC to process your financial aid for attendance at the host school. We will work on your behalf to get the agreement if we do not have one on file. If your host school does not participate in consortium agreements, you will be notified.

Additional Expenses

It is not uncommon for students to gain additional expenses while studying abroad. If you pay fees to UofSC and incur more expenses, you may be able to use these expenses in your cost of education. To find out if this is possible, send in documentation of the expenses to our office. Our office will review the expenses and determine if they can be added to your cost of education.


Due to different deadlines by schools and providers, financial aid may not be available when the bill is due at the host school. Students are encouraged to make payment arrangements with the host school. Funds that are disbursed must be paid to the host school or program provider. State Need-Based Grant awards cannot be used toward the bill. Failure to remit payment to the host school will result in you being billed by UofSC for the aid received.

For education abroad questions related to financial aid, contact the Education Abroad Coordinator at  

Financial Aid Checklist for Education Abroad

Complete the current academic year FAFSA, and apply for a Federal Student Aid ID if necessary. You may need to provide parent information on the FAFSA. 

The Education Abroad Prescreen Form allows the financial aid office to determine your eligibility. View our Forms page to obtain the prescreen form.  Due to COVID-19, please check with the Education Abroad Office for availability of programs.

Enroll in place-holder courses through the UofSC Education Abroad Office

Complete all requirements for loans and other awards if applicable. This includes completing entrance counseling and signing a master promissory note.

Read all terms and conditions of each award carefully to ensure you understand eligibility requirements.

Resolve all UofSC charges prior to your education abroad. Aid will not be disbursed if you still owe UofSC for prior year or current year charges. 

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