Aid for Study Abroad
When you study abroad you may see slight changes in your financial aid and student account charges. Familiarize yourself with the changes before you go abroad.
Students who participate in Oxy’s Study Abroad programs (i.e., study & research abroad, United Nations, Campaign Semester, Washington Intership) are charged a comprehensive fee for Study Abroad. As a result, you will receive the same merit and need-based scholarships if you study at Occidental or in an approved Study Abroad program.
However, keep in mind that while your scholarships stay the same, your charges may differ. The standard Study Abroad fee includes the costs of a double room and Meal Plan B. Thus, if you normally have Meal Plan C, you will see an increase in your charges.
Change to Work & Loan Eligibility
When you participate in Study Abroad, your loan and work eligibility changes. Since you may not work under Federal Work Study or the Oxy Work Award program while you are studying abroad, the "work" component of your financial aid award is reduced and the loan component is increased by the amount of work award (to accommodate the loss of work study income).
If you normally receive $3,100 in work award for the academic year, you can expect your award to be reduced for the semester you are abroad. You will not have your full work award available to you in one semester.
Financial aid may be available to assist you with your travel costs. This determination will be made by the Financial Aid Office based on your financial need. This grant will be an estimate of your airfare expenses. This grant will not be a reimbursement of your actual flight costs; your actual costs will vary from your travel grant.
To determine your travel grant, we look at the flight costs on Travelocity, Orbitz, and Expedia. We use the international airport closest to your hometown as the departure location and the international airport closest to your abroad program as the destination. The departure date is 3 days before your program begins and the return date is 3 days after your program ends.
If the closest international airport is several hours away from your hometown, we may determine your travel grant departure location from the closest airport to your home.
Travel grant amounts are not negotiable once determined by the Financial Aid Office, and you are encouraged to find the least expensive flights available.
Courses Abroad Program
If you enroll in a class that has an abroad requirement, the Financial Aid Office is available to offer assistance to needy students.
For your course, you will charged a comprehensive fee (amount varies depending on course). If the Financial Aid Office determines that you have financial need, your fee will be covered by financial aid. Half of your fee will be covered with a grant and the other half with a loan.
For more information please visit the IPO website on Courses Abroad.
- Mailing Address:
Financial Aid Office
1600 Campus Road F-35
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Arthur G. Coons
- Phone: (323) 259-2548
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