What if my financial aid doesn’t cover all of my program’s costs?
If your institutional, state, and/or federal aid does not cover your program’s costs, you might consider using a private education loan to cover the remaining balance.
IMPORTANT: Private education loans are subject to the same rules of disbursement as other financial aid options. We recommend that you and your family inquire about a private lender’s disbursement method before choosing a lender and doing so well before the departure date! Be certain that the lender disburses funds electronically. A paper check requires an endorsement which could present a substantial inconvenience if the student is already overseas.
Does WSU pay fees for my global learning program?
You are responsible for paying the Global Learning program directly. The university DOES NOT pay the program directly under any circumstances.
If financial aid is used for the term abroad and if the student has set up Direct Deposit through myWSU, the funds will deliver to the student’s account in the same way as “normal” WSU attendance. You will then pay all associated costs.
Where do I turn in a form from my program provider?
At WSU, any third party program provider forms MUST be submitted to the Global Learning Office. Global Learning will then forward it to our office along with the Program Expense Form. Only then will our office have sufficient information to complete the form. Programs will generally ask students to submit the form to their financial aid office — but please do not bring it directly to our office, as we need information from Global Learning before we can complete the process.
What can I do if my program requires payment before my aid is available?
Although government regulations do not allow WSU to disburse funds early to cover your program deposits, airline tickets, or other necessary fees, there are at least 2 ways you might be able to resolve this issue.
- If a family member or friend can offer you an informal short-term loan, you could reimburse that person when your financial aid is delivered.
- Some, but not all, Global Learning programs will defer a portion of the payment due until aid disburses. In order to do this, programs must know in advance how much financial aid will be received and when. The programs have forms (i.e. Financial Aid Verification Form, Payment Deferment Form, etc.) for this use.
Important: At WSU, this form MUST be submitted to the Global Learning Office. Global Learning will then forward it to the financial aid office along with the Program Expense Form. Only then will our office have sufficient information to complete the form. Programs will generally ask students to submit the form to their financial aid office—but please do not bring it directly to Student Financial Services, as we need information from Global Learning before we can complete the process.
How do I ensure my financial aid is ready when I return to WSU after studying abroad?
The key to a smooth financial aid transition from your host university to WSU is to … plan ahead.
If you return to WSU the following term, be sure to complete the FAFSA application before the WSU priority deadline. Many students proactively do this before their departure date in order to receive as much aid as possible instead of dealing with this upon their return and/or missing out on the funds altogether.
While away, be sure to regularly check myWSU and respond to any requests for information and/or checklist items. Additionally, it is recommended to check your WSU email for information, reminder, or requests from our office and other WSU departments.
Both federal and state governments require financial aid departments to monitor the SAP progress of each student receiving financial aid. Therefore, it is imperative for WSU to receive the transcript from your host institution as soon as possible to determine your SAP status for the following term.
You are responsible for ensuring that the host institution has the correct mailing address for WSU’s Global Learning Office and the required documents are sent there. If you study abroad for more than one term, be aware that federal SAP requirements can be waived for one term.
What should I do prior to leaving the country to be sure my aid delivers?
- Set up Direct Deposit on myWSU so that a refund can be credited to your bank account. This way, these funds will be accessible from anywhere in the world.
- Set up Third Party Access for all parents/guardians/individuals that you would like to grant permission to view your student account or records. You should grant someone (preferably a close family member or friend) access to your WSU records in case you need assistance with your financial aid while out of the country.
- Update your mailing address (and other contact information, if appropriate) on myWSU for the term you are abroad. The person receiving your mail at the designated address can forward your mail, or otherwise assist you as agreed. (Don’t forget to change it back upon your return to the United States!)
What if I decide I’m not going to study abroad after all?
If your study abroad plans change, IMMEDIATELY contact the Global Learning Office who will then inform our office. Our office will then readjust your budget and financial aid award to reflect the cost of attendance for WSU, NOT the cost of attendance for your study abroad program. Most of the time, this will result in a decrease of your cost of attendance and a decrease in your award.