Students participating in an exchange program or a study abroad program may be eligible for financial aid. The types of aid available will depend upon the kind of program in which the student participates. There are generally three different types of programs:
The exchange program is a program of foreign study in which the foreign institution and Bridgewater State University enter into a formal association, agreeing upon a reciprocal exchange of students.
Students are eligible for most financial aid for which they would otherwise have been eligible if studying at BSU, except for Federal Work Study.
Students are billed by the BSU student accounts office for tuition and fees, and may apply their financial aid received to their bill.
Students may use financial aid funds received in excess of the amount due on the bill for Room and board at their host schools.
The study abroad program is a program of foreign study that occurs at a foreign institution where the program director has signed a consortium agreement.
All other current federal, state, and BSU regulations and policies governing financial aid are in effect for these programs. For example, changes in enrollment status (number of credits or grade level, etc.) will affect a student’s financial aid. Likewise, all financial deadlines will apply to students studying through an exchange or study abroad program.
Any student who participates in any of the exchange or study abroad programs should provide “power of attorney” to a person who, in the student’s absence, will attend to the student’s financial concerns and to other college related matters in a timely and appropriate manner. The Office of Student Accounts should be provided with an original “power of attorney” form. Copies of the document should be provided to the Financial Aid Office and the International and Exchange Programs Office. The person granted the “power of attorney” must have the document in hand, as well as a personal form of picture identification, when conducting business on behalf of the student.
It is highly recommended that students considering an Exchange or Study Abroad Program make an appointment with a financial aid counselor.
For scholarship information, please visit www.bridgew.edu/StudyAbroad/Scholarships.cfm
Last Modified: April 6, 2013