Financial Aid

If you currently receive federal financial aid (grants and/or loans) to help fund your education at UNL, you may be able to apply your aid to an approved credit-bearing education abroad program.

If you are not currently receiving financial aid, but believe you may need assistance to fund your education abroad program, start by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a FAFSA Renewal Form, ideally in February or March prior to the academic year you plan to study abroad.

In order to be eligible for the maximum amount of federal financial aid, you must meet certain credit hour enrollment requirements. Pleaes visit the Husker Hub to learn about the important policies and procedures governing federal aid, and how they relate to your experience.

Plan ahead! You should allow 4-6 weeks for financial aid processing.

The Importance of Registration

UNL cannot disburse your awarded aid if you are not properly registered for your education abroad program and have completed and adjustment to cost of attendance. Learn more about the how to register and the importance of registering for the correct number of credits.

While Abroad

Refunds

If you anticipate receiving a financial aid refund while abroad, be sure to sign up for Direct Deposit to your checking account: MyRED / Student Accounts tab / Manage – Enroll in Direct Deposit

If you prefer to receive a refund check in the mail, update your address to a residence where a responsible person will receive your refund check in a timely manner: MyRED / Records tab / Manage – Addresses

Power of Attorney (POA)

If there's any chance you'll need to communicate with, or sign financial paperwork for UNL while you're abroad, be sure to give the Husker Hub a copy of your Power of Attorney (POA) agreement. It will allow your POA designee to more easily step in and help out in your absence.

Long-Term Considerations 

If you spend an extended period of time abroad, pay special attention to deadlines like completing a FAFSA for next year, filing your income taxes, signing a lease, voting, etc.