Take your aid package with you
Most colleges allow you to take your financial aid package with you on your semester or year abroad. Begin at the study abroad office on campus and follow up with the financial aid office to ensure that your aid will accompany you over seas. Beware of hidden costs. Are there extra program tickets? How will you cover your room and board if there is no formal dorm program? How will your aid interface with your living expenses. Some programs may not qualify. Be sure to investigate in advance and you will have a wonderful experience. Remember to consider the exchange rate of the country that you will be visiting. How much will the average ham sandwich cost you for lunch in your chosen country?