Eligible students may apply their UCLA Financial Aid to their University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP). This page walks through the steps required to fund a study abroad program and what to expect.

Applying for Financial Aid

Students must complete FAFSA or the CA Dream Act Application by the March 2nd deadline. Unlike our other UCLA IEO programs, UCEAP students do not need to complete, or submit an additional UCLA financial aid application.

If a student is studying abroad during the summer and this is their last term as a UCLA student, they will have to complete FAFSA one last time.

What is covered?

A financial aid award can cover up to the full cost of a study abroad program – that means tuition, program fees, and out-of-pocket expenses, such as airfare, meals, and books. This award is comprised of scholarships, grants, and loans. How much aid a student accepts in their Financial Aid Notification (FAN) determines their out-of-pocket costs.

How much financial aid will I receive?

The UCLA Financial Aid Office should be able to provide you with a very rough financial aid estimate based on your previous FAFSA information, knowing this may change when you actually get packaged. To receive an aid estimate, pull a budget estimate from the cost calculator on your UCEAP program page and take this to the UCLA Financial Aid Office to review.

All students should receive their eFAN for review at least one month before the start of their program.

Disbursement of Funds and Payments

Financial aid recipients are not responsible for the first UCEAP payment of $950. A $50 late fee will be assessed and reversed once UCEAP receives the financial aid award.

All accepted financial aid will disburse into a student’s UCEAP account within 10 days of the program start date. If students do not accept their full financial aid award, they must pay the remaining balance on their UCEAP portal.

There are payments or fees that may be due before financial aid disbursement (i.e. airfare, housing deposits). This must be paid by the student.

Connect with the UCLA Financial Aid Office

If you have UCEAP financial aid questions, please connect with the Financial Aid Office via Message Center.

Gilman Scholarship Certification

If you are applying to the Gilman scholarship, please select one of the following Financial aid advisors for certification:

  • Ruben Garcia
  • Melissa Orozco-Garcia
  • Norma Toledo

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