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Federal financial aid is disbursed 10 days before the start of the TAMU term or program departure date (whichever comes later). Program payments are usually due the terms before your program departure. 

Financial Aid

A portion of students going abroad receive a federal and/or private loan. All undergraduate and graduate students are required to have at least half-time status at Texas A&M to be eligible to apply for and receive federal and state loans and grants. Information regarding eligibility can be found here: https://financialaid.tamu.edu.

Loans and grants are administered primarily by the Scholarships & Financial Aid Office. Please visit the following link: https://financialaid.tamu.edu for complete information and application instructions.

The MSC L.T. Jordan Institute offers Texas A&M students the MSC Overseas Loan to use toward their education abroad experience. This loan is worth up to $1,500 and is a supplemental, interest-free loan that must be repaid before a student graduates. To find more information on the MSC Overseas Loan, visit the following link: http://ltjordan.tamu.edu/funds/osl/.
Scholarships and Financial Aid has created a packet explaining how to use federal and state financial aid for education abroad. Visit them (Pavilion 2nd floor) for that information. Below is an overview of the financial aid process.

Complete an application through the Education Abroad Portal.
To use federal and/or state financial aid (i.e. Stafford loans, Texas grants, Pell grants, etc.), you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Obtain a Financial Aid Request Form from your education abroad advisor. This provides the total cost of attendance for your program, which allows Scholarships and Financial Aid to assist you in providing an award package.
Schedule a time to meet with a financial aid advisor from Scholarships and Financial Aid. Bring all relevant information available at the time to the meeting. Depending on the time of year and your program type, you may need to follow up with the financial aid advisor at a later date to secure an answer or determine your options. Make sure you keep the name of the financial aid advisor you meet with in order to expedite the follow up process if needed.