You will retain your full-time student status while abroad, which ensures that you remain eligible for your financial aid. However, the specific details of a study abroad program may alter your aid disbursement. For example, in order to receive full financial aid for the year, you must attend one full-time academic semester (16 SH) and one co-op semester. When you are not participating in the co-op program, you must attend 2 full-time academic semesters (32 SH). If studying abroad changes your number of classes and/or co-op semesters in an academic year, then your financial aid may be reduced or withheld. Please keep the following information in mind:

  • One study abroad term is equal to one NU semester.
  • You must consult with your financial aid advisor before departing Boston. Please contact Student Financial Services, located in 354 Richards Hall.
    • Ph: (617) 373-3190
    • Fax: (617) 373-8735.
    • Find your financial aid advisor’s contact information through Counselor Lookup.
  • You will not be eligible for work-study while abroad. Make sure you notify your financial aid advisor of your plans.
  • Do not forget to check the deadline for submitting financial aid applications for the following academic year. It might occur while you are abroad, and you will need to make alternative arrangements.
  • If your parent/guardian is an employee at Northeastern, the NU tuition waiver policy provides a partial tuition waiver for a semester abroad. Your parent/guardian should consult with Human Resources for the exact tuition waiver amount.