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Study Abroad

In addition to completing the appropriate application process; UAlbany students who plan to use financial aid to help finance a study abroad program are encouraged to meet with a financial aid advisor in the Student Financial Center, Campus Center G-26.

Study Abroad Application Process by Program



UAlbany Students Participating In A SUNY Study Abroad Program


UAlbany students who plan to participate in a SUNY Study Abroad program and receive financial aid must:

  • Be matriculated in a program of study and enrolled for a minimum of 6 credit hours through the University at Albany or another SUNY 4-year college or university.

  • Complete the FAFSA by the deadline for the appropriate term. New York State students planning to receive TAP while Studying Abroad should also complete the TAP Application.

  • Submit the Summer Financial Aid Application if you are participating in summer study abroad.

  • Submit your letter of acceptance into your Study Abroad program

  • Submit a detailed estimate of program costs from the host school



UAlbany Students Participating in a Non-SUNY Study Abroad Program

UAlbany students who plan to participate in a Study Abroad program through a community college or an institution outside the SUNY system and receive financial aid must:

  • Be matriculated in a program of study at UAlbany and enrolled in a study abroad program for a minimum of 6 credit hours through a community college or an institution outside the SUNY system.

  • Complete the FAFSA by the deadline for the appropriate term.  New York State students planning to receive TAP while Studying Abroad should also complete the TAP Application.

  • Submit the Summer Financial Aid Application if you are participating in summer study abroad.

  • Submit your letter of acceptance into the Study Abroad program.

  • Submit the official estimate of program costs from the host school.

  • Submit your transfer credit permission form after it has been signed by your UAlbany academic advisor.

  • Obtain a consortium agreement from the UAlbany Office of Student Financial Services and forward it to the host school.  Return the consortium agreement to UAlbany after it has been completed by the host institution.

  • Submit a copy of your bill from the host institution if you are a TAP recipient.  To be eligible for TAP, you must be paying tuition to a host institution located in NY.



Students Enrolled In A Calendar Year Study Abroad Program

If you are planning to attend a study abroad program for a calendar year (spring term followed by fall term) rather than an academic year (fall term followed by spring term) or a single term, special conditions apply.

All your study abroad financial aid, including parent PLUS and alternative student loans, must be processed separately by term. A Spring/Fall academic period requires aid processed from two aid years.

Your financial aid may be significantly different for each term due to the variables which affect eligibility from year to year.  Spring eligibility will be based on remaining eligibility for the Spring year. Fall eligibility will be based on aid eligibility for the entire Fall year. The resulting aid award may contain less aid for the Spring term and more aid for the Fall.  Changes in Income data reported on the FAFSA for the two years may also change aid eligibility status.

Financial aid is not available for periods when the study abroad program is not in session. Students enrolled in a study abroad program for a calendar year and who choose to stay overseas for the summer must pay their own way.

If you or your parent will be financing your calendar year study abroad using a parent PLUS loan or an alternative student loan, you will have to apply for two separate loans.  We can not process a single loan for terms in two different academic years.  Apply for one loan using the dates for the spring term as the loan period.  Some time in the early summer, after your eligibility for financial aid for the fall term has been determined, you can evaluate your need for an additional loan and apply for the second loan using the dates for the fall term as the loan period.

To ensure that your study abroad financial aid for your calendar year study abroad program is processed on time and accurately:

  • Submit all application materials for the spring term by the study abroad deadline date.

  • File the FAFSA for the appropriate year for the fall term as early as possible, no later than March 15.

  • Submit the official estimate of program cost for the fall term as early as possible, no later than June 1.

  • Pre-register for the fall term as soon as you secure the necessary academic permission(s).  Students will not receive financial aid awards without being registered at UAlbany.



Study Abroad Financial Aid Deadlines

Students should complete all forms and submit all required documentation to the Financial Aid Office in a timely manner. The following chart indicates the filing deadline date for each term.

Term FAFSA/TAP Application Additional Documentation
Summer April 15 May 15
Fall April 15 June 1
Spring October 1 November 1