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Insufficient financing is often cited as a key barrier in expanding study abroad participation. Education abroad offices must develop responsible, proactive approaches to advising students on their financial aid options.

What options exist for your students? How can you develop a strategy that complies with U.S. federal financial aid regulations while complementing your office’s processes and student needs?

This NAFSA e-Learning seminar will provide participants with an understanding of study abroad “red flags” for financial aid offices, common processes within these offices, and insight into effective ways to address challenges in collaboration with financial aid colleagues.


After attending this NAFSA e-Learning Seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify financial aid regulations directly affecting study abroad;
  • Describe how other institutions interpret these regulations;
  • Offer alternative models for distribution of financial aid for study abroad;
  • Strategize to overcome common obstacles in financial aid issues.

The content of this seminar will be relevant to those working in study abroad and financial aid offices.


Mary Alice Allen
Georgia Institute of Technology

Mary Alice Allen is the senior education abroad advisor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is the point-person for all faculty-led study abroad programs at Georgia Tech and is responsible for managing two of these programs in Asia. She regularly works with financial aid, legal affairs, the bursar’s office, and student affairs in support of faculty-led program students, faculty, and staff. Allen obtained both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Auburn University. She currently serves on the Financing Education Abroad Subcommittee of NAFSA’s Education Abroad Knowledge Community.

Michele Arellano
University of Kansas

Michele Arellano has been working in higher education administration since 1999 and, more specifically, in education abroad since 2002. She currently serves as the Associate Director of the Office of Study Abroad at the University of Kansas. Her main responsibilities are managing all student services functions, including enrollment management; scholarship and financial aid processing; and advising for, study abroad. Additionally, Arellano serves as Study Abroad Liaison and main advisor to the university’s financial aid office, registrar’s office, and enrollment management office. She frequently presents on financing education abroad and has served on numerous internal and external scholarship review committees. She currently serves as member at large of NAFSA's Education Abroad Regulatory Practice (EARP) Committee and is the chair of the EARP Financial Aid Subcommittee.

Matthew Sagayaga
Portland State University

Matthew Sagayaga is a financial aid counselor at Portland State University (PSU) working with incoming and continuing students, including first-generation, minority, and undocumented students seeking postsecondary education. He is currently a faculty advisor for the PSU Pacific Islander's Club and serves on the EARP Financial Aid Subcommittee. Born and raised in Hawaii, Sagayaga is a 2002 graduate of Oregon State University in ethnic studies and a 2007 graduate of PSU in communications. He earned a master’s degree in postsecondary adult and continuing education in 2012 from PSU.