Financial Aid

Financial Aid, in the form of grants, scholarships, and loans may be applied to approved study abroad programs through Education Abroad (EdAbroad).  However, financial aid in the form of Work Study, Western grants, and Tuition Waivers, including the Western Achievement Award (WAA) scholarship, the Western Award for Excellence (WAE) scholarship, and the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) scholarship do not apply.

College Saving Plans like Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) funds may be applied to Exchanges and some applicable programs.

Western students can also consider programs such as Global Learning Faculty-led, the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) and Western Exchanges, which do not cost much more than remaining at WWU.  There are also work abroad programs, internships, and volunteer opportunities that may provide affordable options, check out our Cost Effective Programs document for a list of opportunities.  Study abroad programs such as the School for International Training (SIT), and the School for Field Studies match student's Federal Pell Grant funding when participating in their programs. 

Financial Aid disburses funds to your Student Account the Friday before the first day of the quarter OR the first day of your program, whichever is later.  If your program requires payment before this date, it is your responsibility to make arrangements with the program regarding your payment schedule, if you have financial aid you can have a deferment form completed through the Financial Aid office.

Visit the Travel Resources web page to review informational links in the Financing section.

To Do:

Complete the free application for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WAFSA) for the school year that you intend on studying abroad by the priority deadline. 


Study Abroad Financial Aid Estimator: This calculator will help you estimate your financial aid eligibility for your summer study abroad program. It is not a guarantee of aid. 

Consider having someone serve as Power of Attorney to take care of any financial matters that may arise while you are away.  The Power of Attorney legally gives the person you indicate the authority to sign documents in your absence.

Set up Direct Deposit to the bank of your choice or to your BankMobile with the Student Business Office.

Review: Tips for Students on Financial Aid and Student Debt Relief.