Goucher-Sponsored Semester or Academic Year Programs

Any awarded financial aid may be used as payment for programs sponsored by Goucher College; however, you are allowed to transport your Goucher institutional aid for only one semester, unless you participate in a reciprocal exchange program, the MVI Costa Rica program or the Goucher Oxford University yearlong program. In addition, all students are eligible to apply for scholarships from the Office of International Studies. There is a scholarship section on the main application form included in each program application packet. 

To apply for financial aid:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and send it to the Central Processing Service by March 1 of the year PRIOR to the year in which you plan to study abroad. (Please note that if you submit your financial aid applications late, available aid may be limited.)
  • Consult and complete the Student Expense Worksheet, which outlines all steps you need to take, as well as provides you with a space to calculate the total cost of your study abroad experience.
  • Apply for any additional loans needed to help pay for billed costs, living expenses, airfare, etc. You may receive aid up to the total amount of your budgeted costs for the year.
  • Make an appointment with Jennifer Ramina in the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) in SAS and bring your completed Student Expense Worksheet with you.

 

Non-Goucher-Sponsored Semester or Academic Year Programs

You cannot apply institutional aid to any non-Goucher program; however, you may be able to apply some federal financial aid to non-Goucher semester and academic year programs, but you must meet with a financial aid officer in order to determine this. 
To apply for financial aid:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and send it to the Central Processing Service by February 15 of the year PRIOR to the year in which you plan to study abroad. (Please note that if you submit your financial aid applications late, available aid may be limited.)
  • Apply for any additional loans needed to help pay for billed costs, living expenses, airfare, etc. You may receive aid up to the total amount of your budgeted costs for the year.
  • Make an appointment with the OSFA in SAS.

If you are attending a non-Goucher sponsored program, you must complete additional paperwork with the OSFA.  Additionally, you must request that any funding you receive be held until you resume your studies at Goucher. You may transport federal funds you are receiving, but you must work closely with OIS and the OSFA to plan for transportability of aid.  Furthermore, in order to receive financial aid and keep it throughout a semester or academic year, you must take at least 12 credits.

 

Goucher Short-Term Programs and ICAs

Goucher loan funds may be available for Goucher College study abroad programs through the OSFA.

 

Non-Goucher Short-Term Programs

Financial aid is not typically available for these programs; however, you may apply for alternative loans as a financing option.