Education Abroad Program FAQ's

I am on an EAP program, but have not completed a FAFSA; can I still apply for financial aid?

Yes, you can still apply. You can apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA online.

When will I receive my financial aid package?

Student financial aid packages will be available on your student portal 30-45 days prior to the start of your program.. If you have any questions regarding aid/refund disbursements, contact the program administrator for your program. If you are not sure who this is, please email

What happens if I receive a private scholarship check that requires endorsement and I am out of the country on EAP?

We recommend that you notify the scholarship agency prior to your departure for EAP and request that your scholarship check be made payable to the ‘UC Regents’ and sent to the UC Santa Cruz Financial Aid and Scholarship Office.

How will I pay for my transportation if I haven’t received my aid yet?

Students must pay for their own transportation/airfare. If you need your ticket before you receive financial aid funds, you must purchase it using your own funds.

How will I receive my financial aid refund?

If you are participating in a UCEAP program, UCEAP will refund any excess financial aid funds to you before departure. A check will be mailed to the address you provided on your EAP application. A direct deposit will be sent to your bank account if you signed up for direct deposit with UCEAP.

If you are participating in a UCSC program, excess funds will be refunded to you before departure.

Which office should I contact regarding how/when I will receive my financial aid refund?

Students must contact the main UCEAP in Goleta regarding financial aid refunds. The email address is:

Who is my UC Santa Cruz Financial Aid Adviser while I am on EAP?

Students with last names A-L: Luis Melgoza email: 

Students with last names M-Z: Maria Orozco email:  

You can also email us at: 

How is my financial aid affected if I decide to withdraw from my EAP Program?

If you withdraw before the start of your EAP Program and choose to enroll at UCSC instead, your financial aid will be revised to reflect the UCSC cost of attendance.

If you withdraw after the EAP Program has begun, you must inform the UCSC Financial Aid Office immediately. We will pro-rate and reduce your financial aid to reflect the time you were enrolled only. You may have to repay funds you have received and will be notified when the revision has been completed.

How will my financial aid be affected if I extend my EAP?

Your financial aid package will be revised. Typically, financial aid for extensions from fall term to a full academic year result in less funding for spring term than you received for fall.  Your financial aid for fall includes upfront costs such as round trip airfare, orientation expenses, and pre-departure expenses. 

I am interested in studying abroad. Where can I obtain an estimate or visa letter?

To request an estimate, please complete our Estimate Request Form and email it to: finaid.specialprograms@ucsc.eduMake sure to provide all the information requested on the form. Please note: It can take up to 2-3 weeks for the estimate request to be processed. 

Some programs require a letter stating your finances and aid to accompany your application for an entry visa to your host country. If this is the case, please complete our Visa Letter Request Form and email it to finaid.specialprograms@ucsc.eduNote: Due to COVID 19 physical letters are not currently available, and we can only provide digital letters via email.

I am interested in studying abroad, but I have completed all my graduation requirements. Can my graduation term be extended so that I can study abroad? 

Unfortunately, if all graduation requirements have been met, we cannot extend a student's aid eligibility for the sole purpose of participating in a study abroad program.