Stony Brook students who plan to participate in a Study Abroad program and receive
financial aid, need to be aware of the following:
Study Abroad courses must be applicable towards your degree and/or major/minor requirements
in order to receive Federal and State financial aid. Most NY State programs require
that 12 credits must be applicable towards your Primary Major. Please consult the
International Academic Programs Office (IAPO) regarding your intended courses. You
should also consult your major department and/or academic advising, if the Study Abroad
coursework will be fulfilling SBC or elective requirements. The IAPO will give accepted
students permission to register
Please Note: If you are going abroad through another SUNY institution other than
Stony Brook, you still must register here under the appropriate course designation.
| You must have a completed
on file and no outstanding “To Do” list items. New York State residents planning
on using a TAP payment, need to complete the
application. Students attending a study abroad program will be identified and will
have a “To Do” notification on SOLAR, requiring the submission of a Study Abroad Budget
Cost Sheet. If a student wishes to maximize their financial aid eligibility, they
will need to submit the Study Abroad Program Cost Sheet to the appropriate financial
aid office. The document can be uploaded through Stony Brook’s SOLAR system. Instructions
on the upload process can be found in our
Students only need to submit the Program Cost Sheet if they want a cost of attendance
Your Study Abroad Cost Sheet will be reviewed and your cost of attendance will be
increased to reflect the additional costs associated with your study abroad term.
Please allow 7-10 business days for processing before applying for additional loans.
Additional loans you may want to apply for are the
loan or a
Please Note: The financial aid office cannot process a cost of attendance increase
unless the student is enrolled in the designated study abroad course (contact IAPO
Financial aid awards will be applied to your student account based upon the scheduled
disbursement date; any excess aid will be refunded to you.
Keep in mind that these dates may occur after you leave to go abroad
. Be sure to enroll in Direct Deposit (in the Campus Financial Services section of
SOLAR). We recommend contacting your bank to inform them you will be overseas. For
security reasons, banks may place a temporary block on your account if unusual activity
or international charges occur.
Scholarships may be available through specific study abroad programs and not through
the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services. Please consult with your study
abroad advisor to determine if scholarships are available for your program.
- Scholarship Websites
GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP WEBSITES
Rotary International- (
http://www.rotary.com) Offers several worldwide scholarships that vary in length and subject matter.
Benjamin Gilman Award- (
http://www.iie.org/gilman) Students receiving federal financial aid (Pell Grants) can apply.
Fulbright Commission- (
http://eca.state.gov/fulbright) U.S. citizens interested in graduate study or research abroad might contact the
Fulbright Commission for scholarships or travel grants.
NSEP Undergraduate/Graduate grant- (
http://www.borenawards.org) Students planning to study under-represented languages as well as the sciences or
other disciplines deemed critical to U.S. security may be eligible for the NSEP graduate
grants. These scholarships have a service requirement upon graduation.
OTHER COUNTRY OR REGION SPECIFIC SCHOLARSHIPS
- Additional Relevant Websites
- Frequently Asked Questions
Are all Study Abroad Programs financial aid eligible?
While the majority of programs are eligible because they are administered through
financial aid eligible academic institutions, some outside agencies are not “financial
aid eligible agencies” although their websites may be misleading and suggest that
Are all students eligible to receive federal financial aid when studying abroad?
Generally if a Stony Brook student is eligible to receive financial aid when attending
classes here on campus, they will also be eligible to receive federal financial aid
when studying abroad as long as the program is offered through a financial aid eligible
institution (see question above). Additionally, Study Abroad courses must be applicable
towards your degree and/or major/minor requirements in order to receive Federal financial
If I am a New York State resident and do receive TAP when I study on campus, am I
eligible to receive TAP when I study abroad?
TAP can be processed for Study Abroad Programs that are administered through academic
institutions that are located in New York State, who are also financial aid eligible
schools. You may be eligible to receive TAP when you study abroad, provided that
you have remaining TAP eligibility and meet the general TAP eligibility rules. To
further discuss TAP eligibility for Study Abroad programs, please contact the Registrar's
Office at (631) 632-6175 or visit
Is more financial aid available for Study Abroad Programs?
Generally you do not receive additional federal or state grant funding when studying
abroad. Based on the cost of the program, we will increase the limit on how much
aid you can receive for the term in which you are going abroad. In most cases, additional
aid comes in the form of a Parent PLUS loan or an Alternative Loan.
Are there any scholarships available for studying abroad?
There are scholarships available for studying abroad offered by government and civic
organizations and sometimes private companies. Further details are in the scholarship
section of this website.
Will I receive my Financial Aid before I leave to study abroad?
In most cases the answer is no. Financial Aid cannot disburse until after classes
at Stony Brook have begun and by this time most students have already left the country.
When reviewing your financial aid awards on SOLAR you can access the disbursement
dates for each award type.
outstanding To Do List items will delay the disbursement of your financial aid.
How can I access my Financial Aid funds if disbursement takes place after I leave
We strongly encourage you to enroll in direct deposit, especially if you are going
to be overseas attending a study abroad program.
Enrollment is done via the SOLAR system. To enroll, log into SOLAR > Campus Financial
Services > Account Information/Payment > Direct Deposit > Add Account > Complete
the Panel > Save.
Will Stony Brook University send my financial aid funding to the school that is administering
the Study Abroad Program?
, Stony Brook
send financial aid funds to another school.
are responsible to pay all charges associated with your study abroad program.
It is important that you find out if other institutions are willing to wait for
your financial aid to disburse, or if they want their bill paid in full immediately.
If I am studying abroad through another institution and registering for classes at
that institution do I also have to register for study abroad classes here at Stony
Yes, we cannot process your financial aid unless we can see enrollment in the system.
The Study Abroad Office will provide you with enrollment information.
What is a Consortium Agreement and how do I know if I am required to apply for one?
A Consortium Agreement is an agreement between two academic institutions whereby the
home institution processes your financial aid while attending a Study Abroad Program
through another institution. Generally, if you are not required to pay anything to
Stony Brook University you will be required to obtain a Consortium Agreement. The
Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services can provide you with this form.
I am eligible to receive a Stony Brook scholarship. Can I still receive it if I study
If you study abroad through a Stony Brook University program you can receive your
If you study abroad through another academic institution but are billed for tuition
by Stony Brook University you will receive some or all of your scholarship depending
on your scholarship award amount;
the scholarship amount will not exceed your Stony Brook charges for the semester