Financial Aid

October 10, 2017


It is increasingly more complex to understand financial aid regulations as more diverse students participate in study abroad. This page provides resources that help professionals familiarize themselves with financial aid regulations, both at the federal and state level.

We also encourage you to review the NAFSA Financial Aid & Study Abroad: Basic Facts for Students and Financial Aid & Study Abroad: Basic Facts for Administrators webpages for answers to frequently asked questions and topics.

Government Resources on Financial Aid Topics

U.S. Department of Education Financial Aid Resources

The Office of Federal Student Aid provides publications, fact sheets, online tools, and other resources on preparing for college, applying for aid, consumer protection, and more. A few resources that might be helpful for education abroad professionals are listed below, but you can access the full site from the link above.

The Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) is a resource that consolidates information and guidelines to administer Title IV federal student aid. Education Abroad professionals may look up federal guidelines and resources pertaining to federal funding.

  • Federal Student Aid Handbook: a comprehensive
    administrator's guide to regulatory and administrative requirements
    for the Title IV federal student aid programs.
  • Yearly Pell Grant award charts: a chart that helps determine Pell Grant award amounts based on EFC (Expected Family Contribution) and Cost of Attendance.
  • "Dear Colleague" letters: an outline of periodic updates and changes
    to federal regulations regarding the awarding and disbursement of
    financial aid.
  • Foreign Schools web page: a website that provides a resource for eligible schools located outside the United States (commonly referred to as foreign schools) on the process and use for direct loan programs for US students attending their schools.

US Department of Education Policy Initiatives and Regulations refers to the US Department of Education's policies and regulations relating to international educators. 

  • US Department of Education Law and Guidance: a listing of policy documents on legislation, regulations, and guidance, including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and No Child Left Behind.
  • Negotiated Rulemaking Sessions: a resource on background information regarding the Department’s negotiated rulemaking effort to make changes to the Title IV, Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, program regulations in 2014-2015.
  • Negotiated Rulemaking for Foreign Schools: an outline of the regulations and provisions related to the eligibility of a foreign institution for participation in the Federal student aid programs.

Clery Act Resources
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20 USC § 1092(f)) requires U.S. colleges and universities who participate in Title IV federal student financial aid programs to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses, in off-campus facilities as well as crimes committed in study abroad programs as described by the Act. Failure to comply with the Clery Act can include significant financial penalties to an institution, including fines and loss of Federal Financial Aid funds. Below are some resources to help better understand the Clery Act.

Veteran Benefits
Below are some resources to help better understand how VA benefits may be used for study abroad.

State Financial Aid Resources

In addition to federal regulations, it is important for professionals to become familiar with regulations specific to state financial aid. Below are some resources that can help provide more information.

  • US State Government Aid: list of websites for each state. The amount of information provided on the state websites varies from state to state.
  • State by State Financial Aid Programs: a website by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) provides information by state on what financial aid programs may be available through the state education agency.
  • 529 Plan: College Savings Plans: information on this plan that is operated by a state or educational institution designed to help families set aside funds for future college costs. This site provides information on 529 plans including the benefits and how this plan affects financial aid.

EA Summit

Join us for the Education Abroad Regulatory Summit on July 30, 2018 and gain insights from government officials about the most pressing regulatory issues for EA.

Collegial Conversations

Recent online chats for EA professionals.

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