Guidelines for Receiving Aid for Study Abroad
USC Columbia students who wish to use financial aid to pay for credits earned while enrolled in a study abroad program must provide additional information to the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships to determine aid eligibility. A Study Abroad Financial Aid Pre-Screen Form [pdf] is required for all study abroad students seeking financial aid.
- Fees paid to USC Columbia allow you to use all of your USC-awarded financial aid except Federal Work-Study.
- If fees are paid to another school, a consortium agreement is required. A consortium agreement is a written agreement between USC and the host school that allows USC to process your financial aid for attendance at the host school. The financial aid office will work on your behalf to obtain the agreement, if one is not already on file. Funds are disbursed to you, and you are responsible for payment of fees at the host school. If the host school does not participate in consortium agreements, you will be notified.
- If fees are paid to a program provider, the name of the program provider must be indicated on the Study Abroad Financial Aid Pre-Screen Form prior to returning it to our office.
Sometimes, additional expenses occur due to studying abroad. If fees are paid to USC but you incur additional expenses while studying abroad, documentation of the expenses must be submitted to our office for review. A determination will be made if the expenses can be counted toward cost of education.
Due to different deadlines by schools and providers, financial aid may not be available when the bill is due at the host school. Students are encouraged to make payment arrangements with the host school. Funds that are disbursed must be paid to the host school or program provider. State Need-Based Grant awards cannot be used toward the bill. Failure to remit payment to the host school will result in you being billed by USC for the aid received. For study abroad questions, contact the study abroad coordinator at 803-777-8134.
Financial Aid Checklist for Study Abroad
Complete the current academic year FAFSA, and apply for a Federal Student Aid ID if necessary. You may need to provide parent information on the FAFSA.
The Study Abroad Financial Aid Pre-Screen Form allows the financial aid office to determine your eligibility.
Enroll in place-holder courses through the USC Study Abroad Office.
Complete all requirements for loans and other awards if applicable. This includes completing entrance counseling and signing a master promissory note.
Read all terms and conditions of each award carefully to ensure you understand eligibility requirements.
Resolve all USC charges prior to studying abroad. Aid will not be disbursed if you still owe USC for prior year or current year charges.