Cathy Lee Arcuino
Federal Financial aid goes with you when you study abroad, so, in general, if you would receive financial aid to study at PSU, you will receive it to study abroad. In general, the grant amount will be the same as if you were to study at PSU, though the loan amount may be increased to cover a higher cost of attendance. Courses must be advancing you towards your degree, and if you go for a semester, you must bring back 12 credits (that you passed) to remain in good standing and not jeopardize your eligibility for future aid. You must have a transcript sent to PSU by your host university after the end of the program, and if they are unable to send one in English you will have to have it translated. To find out more about your personal eligibility and what type of aid you can expect, contact Tabitha McNeely in the Office of Financial Assistance.
Federal Law prohibits PSU from disbursing financial aid prior to the first day of classes here or abroad whichever is later. This means that you will already be abroad when your aid disburses and you need to make other arrangements for making early program deposits and purchasing plane tickets. Most affiliate programs will work with you to make arrangements to wait until your aid has disbursed for their program fees. If you rejected loans in the semester during which you are applying (which is usually at least a semester before the program starts) you may change your mind before the end of that semester and accept them for that earlier semester to help meet early payment deadlines.
Contact the Office of Financial Assistance to discuss your options
In recent years, there has been no summer Pell grant, so summer aid has been in the form of loans. PSU accepts applications for summer financial assistance after April 1st each year. In order to be eligible for any aid at all during the summer, you must be enrolled in at least 6 credits. To find out more about your personal eligibility and what type of aid you can expect, contact Tabitha McNeely in the Office of Financial Assistance.
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