• If you are planning on utilizing financial aid to help pay for your program, it is still necessary to file a FAFSA prior to the start of the school year. The FAFSA deadline for continuing students is March 1 for the¬†upcoming school year.
  • Consult an Enrollment Services Counselor to determine which of your aid can be utilized to help pay for your program. Some programs allow all of your scholarships, grants, and loans to go toward your costs, while others only allow federal aid from the government to be used.
  • Know what is included in the cost of your program and what you will be responsible for paying on you own (i.e. airfare, meals, etc.). Be aware of any deposits, program, and administrative fees that need to be paid; these may not be covered by your financial aid.
  • Make sure you complete all the appropriate paperwork before you go abroad. For example, some programs (such as the ISA) require you to submit a consortium agreement in order for any financial aid to apply.
  • Check your JCU email account. This is the main form of communication from the Office of the Financial Aid and the Bursar. Outstanding issues with your JCU student account can affect payment to your study abroad program.
  • Plan ahead. Make sure you give yourself time to save money for personal expenses or apply for additional loan money if needed. You should know how your program is being paid for before you leave the country! Don’t just assume everything will automatically be taken care of.
  • Ask questions. Call or visit the Office of Financial Aid if you are unsure of anything regarding aid for your program. The OFA is located on the second floor of Rodman Hall. The phone number is 216.397.4248 or you can email us at enrollment@jcu.edu.