Studying Abroad and Financial Aid

Know before You Go

You may be eligible to receive financial aid for authorized study abroad programs, if the study abroad courses fulfill CU Denver degree requirements. Authorized study abroad programs usually include:

  • CU Denver faculty-led programs
  • Approved independent study abroad programs offered through other accredited US schools or study abroad coordinating agencies
  • Approved international exchange programs
  • Traditional study abroad programs at foreign schools approved by and coordinated through the Office of Global Education/Study Abroad

To be considered for financial aid, you must apply by completing the appropriate year’s FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Students must apply to study abroad through the Office of Global Education in order to be eligible to receive aid. Most federal, state, and institutional sources of financial aid for which a student may normally qualify, with the exception of work-study, certain scholarships, the CU Tuition Waiver Benefit, and the CU Dependent Tuition Waiver Option, are eligible to pay towards costs associated with authorized study abroad programs.

There are also scholarships available to support study abroad. You must be enrolled at least half-time on the CU Denver records system for the semesters in which you are participating in the study abroad program. Once you have selected a study abroad program, you must submit the CU Denver Study Abroad Participant Information Sheet (available soon) to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office (FASO). The total amount of financial aid cannot exceed your cost of attendance for the study abroad program and regular enrolled courses at CU Denver Students that have reached the annual aggregate limit for Federal Direct subsidized and unsubsidized loans may need to consider applying for a PLUS loan or an alternative student loan.

We strongly recommend you schedule an appointment with CU Denver Financial Aid early in your planning process to discuss your anticipated award amount and how it can be applied to education abroad.