Fill Out FAFSA
You must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student aid (FAFSA) form for the same academic period in which you plan to study abroad. The FAFSA is required to determine your eligibility for Pell Grant and other Federal and State grants, Federal Loans (need-based and non-need based), work-study, and many Delta College grants and scholarships.
Figure Other Expenses
Before applying to a study abroad program, check for program expenses. In addition to the program fee, consider the cost of tuition and fees, airfare, passport, visa, immunizations, and spending money. While the amount of your aid may be increased due to the additional costs involved in studying abroad (flight, cost of living, etc.), do not assume you will be awarded 100% of the money needed to cover the costs of your program. Always seek additional or alternative sources of funding.
Paying in Advance
The cost of your airfare can be included in your financial aid package, but you will receive your airline bill from the travel agency/airlines before your financial aid funds are released. You will also be required to pay any deposits before your financial aid is disbursed; therefore, you will need to make arrangements to pay these bills in advance.
Maintain Financial Aid Requirements
For scholarships and grants, you need to maintain the enrollment level required for each aid program listed on your award letter. Credit level required for Stafford Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan eligibility for all semesters is at least half-time. For undergraduates half-time is 6-8 credits; 3/4 time is 9-11 credits; and full-time is 12 credits. The study abroad advisor will report to the Financial Aid Officer the number of credits you indicated on your application. If you change this credit amount so that it changes your status (half-time, 3/4 time, full-time), it is your responsibility to report this change to the Financial Aid Office. Some loans require full-time enrollment, and in some cases, part-time enrollment reduces eligibility.
The Delta College Foundation offers study abroad scholarships that can help you fund your study abroad program.