Financial Policies for Study Abroad

Oglethorpe Study Abroad Financial Policies

  • OU students retain their federal, state, and OU funding while studying abroad through an OU partnership program, when tuition and fees are paid to Oglethorpe, with the exception of work study money, as students are not able to work while abroad. (Note: institutional aid is available for fall/spring semester only with the exception of certain scholarships. Inquire with the Office of Financial Aid for a list of these scholarships.)
  • OU students retain federal, state, and private funding while studying abroad through a non-partnership program or third party provider, but no institutional aid.
  • Summer study abroad students may be eligible for federal aid (i.e. Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans, state and/or private scholarships and loans.)
  • Students receiving Oglethorpe scholarships and/or federal and state aid must be carrying a full-time course load in order to maintain financial aid and scholarships while abroad. For fall and spring semesters that is the equivalent of 12 Oglethorpe credit hours and for a summer term it is 6 credit hours at Oglethorpe. Keep in mind that the credits listed per course by foreign schools are often not equivalent to Oglethorpe credit hours, so please confirm your planned course load with the Director of the Center for Global Education. Please also confirm with your financial aid counselor that your grants or scholarships don’t require a higher number of credit hours to be completed during your semester abroad.
  • If you study abroad during the spring semester, it is your responsibility to file for the next academic year financial aid either while you are studying abroad or prior to leaving the country. As a reminder, priority deadline for completing your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form is March 1.
  • If you have any questions regarding your aid for a study abroad program, please contact the Office of Financial Aid for additional information.