Financial Aid & Loans
Education abroad can be a life changing experience, and federal aid may be available to assist you with the costs involved!
Under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, federal financial aid funds may be disbursed to college students for the following education abroad charges: tuition, room and board (if contracted with the University), and mandatory fees. To be eligible for these monies, students require advance approval for the coursework they plan to take abroad. Only coursework that satisfies CCU degree requirements may be considered for eligibility. Additional eligibility requirements may apply.
Students participating in a CCU Education Abroad program who receive federal financial aid and scholarships must meet with staff in Financial Aid and Scholarships during the early stages of the planning process.
Financial Aid and Scholarships will assist students who may be entitled to federal financial aid to confirm their eligibility and apply these monies towards an education abroad experience. To get started, follow the steps below:
1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov.
- List Coastal's federal school code (003451) on the application so you can apply for all federal and state aid programs.
- The priority deadline for financial aid is March 15th, but the FAFSA can be submitted any time during the academic year.
- Note: For dependent students, both the student and parent need a user name and password to electronically sign the FAFSA.
- There are dozens of scholarships listed, so apply for as many as you can!
- Note: Students receiving merit-based scholarship(s) must confirm whether their scholarship(s) can be applied to cover education abroad program costs.
3. Once approved to participate, make sure you are enrolled in at least six hours per term abroad so that you are eligible to receive financial aid.
- Students receiving federal financial aid should be aware that there are some restrictions on the number of semesters (or course credits) for education abroad that can be counted toward a degree program.
4. Consider applying for additional loan funding, if the financial aid and scholarship monies awarded do not cover all of your education abroad program costs.
- Options are listed on the Financial Aid and Scholarships website, www.coastal.edu/financialaid
5. Set up direct deposit on WebAdvisor (under the "Direct Deposit - Enroll Now" link) to receive your financial aid disbursement electronically.
- Students can view the financial aid awards online by logging on through WebAdvisor. Be sure to select the correct aid year.
- Note: Some financial aid awards must be actively accepted (and additional information completed) before the funds can be disbursed.