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. The UNL Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid (OSFA) recommends completing your FAFSA 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. Please call to make an appointment with an advisor in the OSFA, who will explain the important policies and procedures governing federal aid.
Plan ahead! You should allow 4-6 weeks for financial aid processing.
The Importance of Registration
The Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid 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.
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 paperwork for OSFA while you're abroad, be sure to give OSFA a copy of your Power of Attorney agreement. It will allow your POA designee to more easily step in and help out in your absence.
If you spend an extended period of time abroad, pay special attention to deadlines like completing a FAFSA for next year and filing your income taxes.
If you are on a renewable scholarship (Regents, Chancellors, Nonresident scholarships, etc.), it is important to have your study abroad credits applied to your UNL transcript (validated) immediately upon return. Renewable scholarship awards require validation of study abroad hours before they can be released the following term.