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Students who wish to participate in the International Exchange Programs for one or two semesters may apply and be considered for the following financial aid programs:
  • Federal Pell Grant*
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant*
  • Federal Perkins Loan*
  • Federal Stafford Loan (subsidized and unsubsidized)*
  • Federal PLUS Loan*
  • Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant**
  • HOPE Scholarship***
  • Oglethorpe Grant***
  • International Grant***
  • Oglethorpe Scholarship Programs***

    *Federal Aid
  **State Aid (Available for International Studies Majors ONLY)
***Aid is only available for Oglethorpe Universityís International Exchange Programs

The entire financial aid process can take several months. The key to success is to apply early and to follow all instructions carefully. Special application procedures are contingent upon the type of international exchange program you will be experiencing.

View a listing of Oglethorpe Universityís International Exchange Partner Institutions

Note: Tuition and fees are charged by and payable to Oglethorpe University for all schools except those marked "TRB". For attendance at "TRB" institutions, the student pays all fees (tuition, room/board and other fees) to Oglethorpe University.

  1. Please submit a copy of the signed "Certificate of Acceptance for the Oglethorpe International Exchange Program" to the Office of Financial Aid. Students should obtain a signed Certificate of Acceptance from the OUSA/International Programs Director ONLY after presenting documented evidence that they have been officially accepted into the initiation abroad. Students will have the Director of OUSA sign the COA, and then they will take this form over to the registrar to sign up for the appropriate FOR course. All appropriate signatures must be provided or your financial aid will be delayed.
     
  2. In order to determine your federal eligibility, you must complete the 2003-2004 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for study during the Summer 2003, Fall 2003 or Spring 2004 school terms. Applications are available in the Office of Financial Aid.
     
  3. Each student requesting financial aid for the International Exchange Program must schedule a meeting with a Financial Aid Administrator in order to determine their total federal, state, and institutional aid eligibility.
     
  4. In addition to federal and state aid, you will also be considered for Oglethorpeís International Grant. The International Grant will equal Ĺ of the remaining tuition balance after all grants and scholarships have been deducted for the term.
     
  5. You will need to register for FOR 415 - Foreign Study and be charged Oglethorpeís regular full-time day student tuition rate. Exception: If you will be attending one of the institutions marked "TRB", you will need to register for FOR 420 - Foreign Study (TRB) - you will be charged the regular full-time day student tuition as well as the standard room/board amount for the term(s) you will be abroad.
     
  6. Georgia Tuition Equalization Grants are only available for full-time International Studies Majors.
     
  7. HOPE Scholarship funds may be available if the student will be enrolled full-time and meets the State HOPE Scholarship qualifications.
     
  8. Financial aid disbursements will be made in accordance with all federal and state regulations. The earliest Oglethorpe can credit a registered studentís account is 10 days before the first day of regularly scheduled classes at Oglethorpe University. All financial aid received is generally applied first toward amounts owed to Oglethorpe.
     
  9. The student is responsible for making all travel and housing arrangements.
     
  10. Federal regulations govern refund policies for those students who receive federal and state financial aid and completely withdraw during the semester. You may owe the federal and state governments repayment of any funds disbursed if you withdraw during the semester.
     

Another Institutionís International Exchange Program:

  1. Please submit the signed Letter of Transient Status, which has been completed by Oglethorpeís Registrar to the Office of Financial Aid. This letter confirms the number of credit hours that will be accepted by Oglethorpe for the study abroad experience. In addition to the Registrar, your advisor must sign this form.
     
  2. Each student requesting financial aid must complete the 2002-2003 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to determine their federal aid eligibility for study during the Summer 2002, Fall 2002 or Spring 2003 school terms. Applications are available in the Office of Financial Aid.
     
  3. The student must schedule a meeting with their Financial Aid Administrator to determine his/her total financial aid eligibility. Bring all published literature concerning the study abroad program to the meeting.
     
  4. Federal regulations require that a Consortium or a Contractual Agreement be established between Oglethorpe University and the host institution. Eligibility for financial aid will be based upon the host schoolís cost of attendance. In the event that the host institution is unable to determine the cost of attendance, the studentís financial aid will be based upon Oglethorpeís cost of attendance.
     
  5. The student must register for FOR 412- Foreign Study and pay a $75 matriculation fee* per semester of the International Exchange.
    *Note: The Business Office reserves the right to alter the fee amount.
     
  6. The student and their family will be responsible for paying any advance deposit or tuition payments required by the host institution. All tuition & fees charged by the host institution, as well as travel and housing arrangements, etc. are the responsibility of the student.
     
  7. Georgia Tuition Equalization Grants and HOPE Scholarship funds are not approved for use at another institutionís International Exchange Program at this time.
     
  8. Disbursement of financial aid from Oglethorpe is made in accordance with all federal and state regulations. The earliest that federal grant aid may be credited to a registered student's account is 10 days before the first regularly scheduled day of class for that period of enrollment. Stafford (Subsidized and Unsubsidized) and PLUS loan checks are disbursed by the lender to Oglethorpe University no earlier than 10 days before the first day of classes at Oglethorpe University. Once received and processed through your OU student account, the loan proceeds will be forwarded to you or the host institution as arranged.
     
  9. Federal regulations govern refund policies for those students who receive federal financial aid and completely withdraw during the semester. Be sure to review the refund policies of the host institution. Regardless of the host institutionís refund policy, you may owe a repayment of any funds disbursed if you withdraw during the semester.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Financial Aid by calling 404.364.8354.

 
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