Most programs include upfront costs such as program deposits, U.S. Passports, visas, and airfare. Students should be aware that some expenses must be covered before scholarships and financial aid are disbursed. It is important to develop a plan for covering these up-front costs, which may amount to several thousands of dollars.
The Education Abroad Office (EAO) offers the following options to any UNL student who is participating on a UNL faculty-led program and has an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) below $10,000. These options will serve as a “bridge” during the three to four months between committing to a program and purchasing airfare, and receiving scholarships and financial aid.
- Commitment Deposit Payment Deferment Plan: Eligible students may commit to a program by signing an agreement with the EAO instead of paying an initial Commitment Deposit of $500 or $1,000.
- Airfare Assistance Program (AAP): EAO staff will partner with Travel and Transport on behalf of eligible students to purchase airfare for programs with individual flight reservations. Students will be billed for airfare at the beginning of the term in which they go abroad.
Working ahead of time to plan for your education abroad experience is crucial. The EAO can help you create an all-inclusive estimated budget for your selected program, or help you compare costs across several potential programs. The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid can then help you identify the gap between the estimated program cost and the various funding sources you have available (grants, scholarships, federal or private loans, work study, etc.).
The EAO also highly encourages students to meet with the Student Money Management Center to develop a personal financial plan for before, during, and after your international experience.