Financial Aid & Study Abroad Programs

Depending on the study abroad program, and study abroad program type, some students may be able to use current or future financial aid to help pay for some of their study abroad program fees. All students who are currently receiving financial aid will need to make sure their financial information is up-to-date with the financial aid office and must be participating in a TAMU-CC approved, credit-bearing program.

Full-time Enrollment While Abroad

Students must be enrolled for a full-time course load during their term abroad, in order to be eligible for financial aid. To be considered full-time, students must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 U.S. credit hours for a semester-long study abroad program and a minimum of 6 U.S. credit hours over the course of the summer, for summer study abroad programs. Note for summer program participants, not all 6-credit hours need to be earned while abroad. For many summer study abroad programs, some students may only be able to take up to 3- credit hours, meaning they would have to make up the remaining 3 credit hours by enrolling in a different course (online, or on-campus) during a different summer term if necessary. 

Financial Aid Disbursement Dates

Students who will be utilizing financial aid should note that financial aid disbursement will be done according to the TAMU-CC financial aid disbursement dates for the term that students will be abroad. Disbursement dates may affect a student's ability to pay their program fees on time, and/or affect when students can access their financial aid funds. Generally, financial aid is disbursed closer to the tuition payment deadlines. 

Students will need to make sure that they are making appropriate financial arrangements in order to adhere to the program payment deadlines for their programs. 

Contact the Financial Aid Office

All students who are considering utilizing financial aid towards to their program should work with the Financial Aid Office directly to learn more about their eligibility, financial aid award package, and how using financial aid for study abroad could effect their future financial aid. 

Students can stop by the Financial Aid Office in the Student Services Center (Round building), or they can contact Ms.Cecilia De La Garza at Cecilia.delagarza@tamucc.edu to set up an appointment with the Financial Aid Office.

If you will be meeting with the Financial Aid Office, we would recommend bringing the following documents with you: 

  • An unofficial copy of your transcript
  • A printed-out copy of your degree plan
  • Study abroad program information:
    • Program Name/Location
    • Program Term
    • Estimated Program Costs & What's included in the costs
    • Estimated Out-of-Pocket expenses for costs that are not included in the overall program costs