Financial Aid

Study Abroad

Can I use my financial aid?

Your financial aid (except work study) can be used toward any Christopher Newport-approved study abroad program. This includes grants, scholarships, loans and other forms of aid. In order to use financial aid, you will work closely with both the Office of Study Abroad and the Office of Financial Aid to determine your eligibility.

Because the cost of study abroad programs is frequently higher than the cost of attending Christopher Newport, our office can increase your cost of attendance to help make additional funds, especially loan funds, available. However, some students may find that federal and state financial aid is insufficient to cover all of the costs associated with their semester abroad. Students may wish to consider an alternative loan to help fill the gap between financial aid and their costs.

If you plan to study abroad over the summer, you have more than likely exhausted your federal and state financial aid for the academic year during the fall/spring semesters. Students participating in a summer abroad program may seek additional funds through the federal Parent PLUS and/or private education loan programs.

What steps should I take?

  • Contact the Office of Study Abroad and plan to attend an information session to learn more about program options and steps to apply for your program of choice.
  • Meet with the Office of Financial Aid to learn more about funding options to finance your program.
  • Submit a scholarship application to the Office of Financial Aid. Please note, Spring Break programs are not eligible for these scholarships, regardless of a student’s PLP or Honors status.
  • If participating in a non-Christopher Newport-led program, submit a completed Financial Aid Request Form and Course Approval Form to the Office of Financial Aid. These forms are required before any financial aid (including scholarships) will be disbursed.

NOTE: Students who wish to use their President's Leadership Program or Honors study abroad scholarship must submit a scholarship application to the Office of Financial Aid by the deadline listed on the application.

How will my financial aid be disbursed?

All financial aid will be disbursed to the student billing account just the same as if you were attending a regular semester at Christopher Newport. Disbursements begin each semester after you have begun your program and your eligibility has been confirmed. Students participating in an external program should plan accordingly. In most cases, the study abroad expenses for an external program must be paid in advance of receiving a financial aid disbursement. When aid is disbursed to the student account, you will be issued a refund in excess of any charges due. You must be sure to select a method of refund with the Office of Student Accounts prior to traveling abroad.

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