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Financial Aid and Study Abroad

US Federal and New York State financial aid are two forms of aid that you may apply toward study abroad costs on a SUNY program.  Federal law even allows for most study abroad expenses to be used in determining financial need. If you receive scholarships you will have to check with each award administrator to see if you can use it to pay for a study abroad program. To apply for financial aid, begin with your home institution's financial aid office and follow these steps:

  1. Plattsburgh and non-Plattsburgh students: File a FAFSA form electronically as soon as possible, preferably before March 1st for each year. Have it sent to your home institution's financial aid office. If you do not know what the FAFSA is, please contact your home institution's financial aid office.
  2. Plattsburgh and non-Plattsburgh students: After you are accepted to a study abroad program, SUNY Plattsburgh will send you a packet of information. In your acceptance packet you will find a "Study Abroad Budget." Make an appointment with your home institution's financial office and take this sheet with you.
  3. Non-Plattsburgh students: If you do not normally attend SUNY Plattsburgh, then you will need what is called a consortium agreement. Your home institution's financial aid office must initiate this process, and then forward the agreement for signing to SUNY Plattsburgh's Financial Aid Office.
  4. Plattsburgh students in other SUNY programs: If you are attending a program through another SUNY campus, then you will need what is called a consortium agreement. You will need to take a copy of your acceptance letter and program cost documentation to the SUNY Plattsburgh financial aid office, and they will advise you on what to do from there.


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If you would like more information about study abroad and exchange opportunities at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact us at:

Global Education Office
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Phone: (518) 564-3287
Toll-Free Phone: (800) 388-6784
Fax: (518) 564-3292

Location: We are on the second floor of the Kehoe Administration Building on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus.