Financial Aid

FAQs regarding financial aid and study abroad

​Financial Aid goes with you, so don't let finances keep you from studying abroad!

Does Financial Aid travel with me?

If you receive financial aid, it travels with you for term-time study abroad and covers everything from airfare and visas to books and ground transportation.

Do my Financial Aid contributions remain the same?

Your Parent and Student contributions remain the same whether you are on campus, or studying abroad for the semester.

Can I take out loans?

All students on aid are eligible to take out a loan to cover the term time work expectation for the semester(s) abroad as well as a $2,000 unexpected expenses loan to cover an emergency, or to use for travel/recreation while abroad.

Can I get help with budgeting?

The Financial Aid Office (FAO) will help you create a budget to help you determine your daily living expenses abroad.

What Our Students Are Saying

Term Time Financial Aid Testimonial

The FAO always says that money should never be the reason why you can't attend Harvard, and the same goes for studying abroad. They work tirelessly to make sure that every student can have an international experience regardless of their income. When you go to a school with such an amazing financial aid program, it's foolish to not take full advantage of it.

—Samantha Hand ’20
Classical Civilizations, Italy

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For more information on applying your financial aid to a semester abroad, visit the study abroad page on the FAO’s website and review their study abroad FAQs. They also offer drop-in hours for budgeting questions on a walk-in basis at their office (86 Brattle Street) and are available at 617-495-1581.

The OIE and FAO partner to hold specific study abroad drop-in hours at the OIE each term. Check check our calendar for specific dates!