Who's it for?

This is Part 2 of a 4-part series to help U.S. high school students prepare for applying to colleges abroad in places like the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and more. In this course, you'll learn about the types of expenses to consider, the basics of U.S. federal financial aid and how it works with regards to colleges overseas, how and where to look for scholarships, other ways to fund your degree abroad and then learn how to build your own budget for university overseas.

What will I learn?

  • Learn the basics of U.S. federal financial aid for college abroad

    Did you know that U.S. citizens and permanent residents can use FAFSA loans to finance their degrees overseas?

  • Hear about international student scholarships

    Do they exist and if so, how do they work? Where should I look for them? What can I expect?

  • Get the tools to build your own overseas college budget

    With exercises and downloadable worksheets, you'll have everything you need to start planning your budget for college abroad.

What's included?

  • 1

    G'day & Welcome!

    • G'day & Welcome!

    • Survey: Your Financial Aid Process

  • 2

    What Do You Know?

    • Quiz: Financial Aid Abroad

  • 3

    Tuition & Fees

    • Cost of an Education

    • Things to Consider

    • The Price of a U.S. Education

    • Case Study: U.S. Tuition vs. Tuition Abroad

    • Exercise: Comparing Overseas University Costs

  • 4

    The FAFSA & Universities Abroad

    • Types of Federal Aid

    • Direct Loans Program

    • Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

    • Exercise: Calculate your EFC

    • FAFSA Process Timeline

    • What happens after college?

    • Exercise: Loan Simulator

    • Exercise: Financial Awareness Counseling

    • Top Tips

  • 5

    Scholarships Abroad

    • Where to Look for Funding

  • 6

    Other Ways to Fund a Degree Abroad

    • G.I. Bill

    • 529 Plans

    • Part-Time Work

  • 7

    Building your Budget

    • Exercise: College Budget Planner

  • 8

    Test Your Knowledge

    • Quiz: What Did You Learn?

  • 9

    What Now? Next Steps

    • What You Learned & Where to Go from Here

    • Resources

  • 10


    • Feedback Survey

Meet Sara

Founder of College Apps Abroad and the Course Instructor

Sara Cavalieri

G'day! My name is Sara, and I'm the founder of College Apps Abroad. I'm a San Diego based educational consultant, specializing in helping students apply for college and grad school outside of the U.S. I have more than 10 years of experience working in international recruitment and admissions for some of the world's top institutions in the UK and Australia, and I studied and lived overseas myself in the UK, Ireland, Australia and Brazil for almost a decade. With a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University and Master of Education from the University of New South Wales, I've also helped hundreds of students across North and South America apply for some of the world's top institutions. As you can see, I’m passionate about international education, and I look forward to helping you on your journey, too!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I'm not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; should I still enroll in this course?

    Please be aware that he majority of the information is focused on U.S. citizens/permanent residents and is related to the FAFSA; however, the information on cost, scholarships and building your budget will still apply.

  • Will this course provide me with financial advice for college abroad?

    Unfortunately, no. This course covers the basic FAFSA overview in relation to college abroad, but if you're looking for specific financial advice, I highly recommend that you seek out a financial planner (as I'm not one!).

  • My child will be starting college in 2023 or beyond; will the information still be applicable?

    Most of the information provided will still apply; however, Covid-19 legislation included the FAFSA Simplification Act, which will bring about some fundamental changes to how aid is awarded and the FAFSA process for students who will be starting college in 2023, which is highlighted within this course.

  • How long will I have access to the course and materials?

    You'll have access for a 2-year period, but if you need more time, feel free to get in touch directly.