Financial Planning

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We understand that pursuing an international education is an exciting and life-changing journey, but it also comes with financial considerations. At Seattle University, we are committed to helping you navigate the financial aspects of studying abroad.

Financing your Education Abroad

The Education Abroad Office works with you, Student Financial Services, and the Office of Fellowships to help you determine affordability and funding sources for education abroad programs. Below are tools to support your financial planning.

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Enroll in the Education Abroad Canvas course to learn more and discuss financial details with your Education Abroad Advisor. 

Financing your Education

Budget Worksheets

The Estimate Budget Worksheets allow you to factor in applicable financial aid and additional expenses to determine affordability.

Cost Comparison Calculator

Utilize this tool to compare estimate participation costs of an education abroad program with your regular expenses in Seattle.


Explore various funding sources to help defray the cost of studying abroad! The Office of Fellowships and your Education Abroad Advisor can provide additional support in the application process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Portability of financial aid depends on the program and aid type. SU-Scholarships and Tuition Remission Benefits are portable to SU-Sponsored, SU-Exchange, and Faculty-Led programs; Federal and State financial aid is portable to most programs, including Non-SU programs. Module 1: Explore in the Education Abroad Canvas course will introduce you to different program types and your Education Abroad Advisor and Student Financial Services can help you determine how your aid can apply.  

Note: For students utilizing GI Bill funding, view more resources here and consult the SU VA Certifying Official to determine how your specific VA benefits apply.

The cost of studying abroad varies greatly by program; there are programs that cost about the same as, less than, or more expensive than regular cost of attendance. Utilize the Estimate Budget Worksheets available on each program’s page and the Cost Comparison CalculatorEstimated Cost Comparison Calculator to compare the cost of participation. 

For Non-SU programs, students pay the Host University or Program Provider directly for all tuition, housing, and required participation costs. Because students do not pay SU tuition, SU Scholarships are not portable to Non-SU programs, but Federal and State aid is normally still portable. Participants in Non-SU programs during the academic year will remain enrolled as a full-time student while abroad and will therefore still be billed SU’s quarterly technology fee as well as a $1000 Transfer Articulation Fee to transfer the external credits towards their SU degree requirements. Utilize the Non-SU Program Budget Worksheet and Cost Comparison Calculator to determine program-specific costs. 

Successfully studying abroad and transferring credits requires a lot of behind-the-scenes administrative and advising work. Because students do not pay SU tuition while participating in a Non-SU program, the $1000 Transfer Articulation Fee accounts for this work, including, but not limited to: pre-departure advising and comprehensive orientation; evaluation of courses for transfer credit equivalency; registering participants in placeholder courses while abroad to maintain full-time status and external financial aid portability; establishing and maintaining Consortium Agreements with Non-SU host universities/Program Providers to enable federal/state aid eligibility; processing the international transcript and articulating transfer credits on the student’s program evaluation; general health and safety support prior to and while abroad.