STEP 2: Get a Financial Aid Estimate

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How Financial Aid Works Abroad

If you receive Financial Aid, your financial aid package goes with you and is redesigned to meet program costs on any UC program. What this means is that regardless of where you go in the world, on a UC Study Abroad program you could receive the same percentage of financial aid that you receive already for attending UC Santa Cruz. 

Request an Estimate

Our campus allows students to request an estimate for a financial aid package for a program at any time, including before you apply to the program. UC Santa Cruz Financial Aid Advisors will review the estimated cost of participation (not including personal costs for independent travel, entertainment, and shopping) to attend your program and adjust your financial aid package proportionally. 

Request an estimate of how much financial aid you can expect to receive. Remember, all programs have different costs, so before you meet with an advisor, decide on your program, or a couple that you are interested in, and then request a financial aid estimate. We recommend that each student asks for estimates for two programs, in order to compare and contrast options before selecting a final program choice.

Estimate Requests

Estimate requests require the completion of the Estimate Request form with the following information:

  • Estimate Request form
    • Country Name - Example: Sweden
    • Program Specific Name - Example: Lund University
    • Total Program Budget - This can be retrieved from the program website
    • Term and Academic Year - Example: Fall 2019
    • Number of Units of the Study Abroad Program (Summer Programs Only) 

Drop off the request form at the FASO front counter or document drop-box, or you can email it to the financial aid box at finaid@ucsc.eduPlease allow up to four weeks for the estimate request to be processed.

Email an Advisor

For general questions about financial aid for study abroad:

Speak to an Advisor During Drop-in Hours

If you prefer to speak with a Financial Aid Advisor directly, you can visit them during Financial Aid drop-in hours on Tuesdays. Visiting the Financial Aid Advisors is the quickest way to get your estimate as they can create it for you during your in-person meeting.

Drop-in Financial Aid Advising Hours:

  • Every Tuesday and Wednesday *
  • 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location: 205 Hahn

*No Drop-Ins during first two weeks of the quarter

Additional Information

Packaging Timeline

For UCEAP, student financial aid packages are targeted to be available on your student portal about 30-45 days prior to the start of your program. If you have any questions regarding EAP aid/refund disbursements, please contact your UCEAP Student Finances contact specific to your country program. 
For UCSC Faculty-Led, student financial aid packages are available on your student portal as per the normal Summer Session schedule.
For UCSC Global Exchanges, TBD. 

Deferments for First Payment to UCEAP

If you receive financial aid, you will receive an automatic deferment for your first UCEAP payment of $950. This means that the first payment is pushed back to the second payment deadline, which occurs after Financial Aid funds have been disbursed directly to UCEAP on your behalf. This way financial aid students just need to pay UCEAP the difference if financial aid does not cover the entire amount. If your financial aid package exceeds your Fees Paid to UCEAP, then the remaining funds go directly to you.