Student Financial Services
Student Financial Services

Student Accounts: Study Abroad

Know Before You Go
Financial Aid for Study Abroad
Study Abroad Website

A student's enrollment in a program of study abroad approved for credit by Seattle Pacific University may be considered enrollment at SPU for the purpose of applying for assistance under Title IV of the Higher Education Act.

Talk to Student Financial Services!
Each student’s situation is unique. We want to ensure you receive the most accurate information possible for the specific program you are interested in as well as for your personal financial situation.

Quarters vs. Semesters
If you choose to participate in a program that is on a semester system, here are some things you should keep in mind:
  • If attending fall, you may use one quarter of SPU, state and federal aid. If attending winter/spring, you may use one quarter of SPU aid and two quarters of state and federal aid.
  • You will receive more credits in a semester program than you would in one quarter. Although your quarter charges may be more, receiving more credits may mean you complete your degree requirements sooner, saving you a quarter worth of costs later. Check with your Student Academic Advisor to determine how your credits will transfer to meet your degree requirements.

Who you pay, when you pay, and how you pay for a study abroad program depends on the program you participate in. In some cases you will need to pay in full prior to your departure for the program, in others you will need to make your payment directly to the institution where you are studying abroad, the “host institution”. Check out the Financial Aid for Study Abroad link and be sure to discuss your payment options and requirements with Student Financial Services.

Studying abroad requires that you complete additional paperwork—regardless of the program you select. See Student Financial Services to determine which financial paperwork you will need to complete.

Plan Ahead
Access to the internet may be limited or not possible in some parts of the world. Before leaving, discuss financial deadlines with Student Financial Services (such as filing next year’s FAFSA, etc).

Last Updated: 1/9/2014