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If you are attending a foreign school through a study abroad program sponsored by a U.S. school, do you apply for aid through the foreign school?

A. Federal student aid for a short term, or a study abroad program is processed by the student’s home college.


Q. How much can you receive in federal student loan funds?

A. The annual limit for Direct Subsidized Loans plus Direct Unsubsidized Loans varies from $5,500 to $20,500, depending on a variety of factors (year in school, status as a dependent or independent student, etc.). Direct PLUS Loan amounts are determined by subtracting any other financial aid you’re receiving from your total cost of attendance at the school.


Q. How do you research international schools and their requirements?

A. For a list of eligible foreign institutions, follow this link: https://studentaid.ed.gov/prepare-for-college/choosing-schools/types/international. But they can never overshadow the value of experience. The greater the level of experience you have in your domain of experience, the better will be your scope of advancement in your career. Therefore, if you are planning to acquire a professional certification in project management, gaining prior experience will help you in good stead.

You should start early, check the college’s website to determine program eligibility, cost, enrollment policies, and resources and programs for inter nation students.


The truth is that many of these international colleges are more affordable than U.S. institutions. Not to mention you will get the benefit of travel, culture immersion, and an educational experience that will serve you well in today’s global marketplace.


About the Author: Suzanne Shaffer counsels parents in the college admissions process and the importance of early college preparation. Her blog offers timely college tips for assignment expert parents and provides parents with the resources necessary to help their college-bound teens navigate the college maze. Her expert college advice articles and guest posts can be found at numerous sites related to the college admissions process. You can also find her on Twitter (@suzanneshaffer) and Facebook (parentcollegecoach).


Her college advice has been featured on Huffington Post and Yahoo Finance. She is an author and contributor for The University Parent Guide to Surviving Freshman Year and College Bound and Gagged. She is the parent college coach expert for Zinch and TeenLife Media.


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