Financial Aid

Financial Aid - U.S. Students

Federally-funded financial aid may be used by eligible NSE participants enrolled at U.S. member colleges and universities. Since federal aid is based on a real budget, the amount of your award for the period of exchange may vary from that received while attending your home university. Campuses also vary in the sources of federal aid that may be offered; and aid availability cannot be guaranteed in all programs. This, too, could result in an award different from the one you currently receive. Campuses award aid to eligible students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by January 31. Failure to do so may result in loss of financial aid. While on exchange, you must be enrolled full-time at your host campus. If you drop to less than full-time or withdraw from all of your classes you may be required to repay certain financial aid.
  • Plan A
    For eligible students exchanging under Plan A (in-state/in-province tuition/fees paid by the student to the host campus) federally-funded financial aid is awarded by, and disbursed from, your host campus. Federal aid programs, designated under the Financial Aid tab of the Campus Profiles, are available to eligible NSE students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available in each program. There is no guarantee that aid will be offered in each of the programs listed. On your FAFSA form, list the FAFSA code for each campus where there is potential for being placed on Plan A. FAFSA codes for campuses that use Plan A are listed under the Financial Aid tab on Campus Profiles. Also include the FAFSA code for your home institution in case your plans change.

    Plan A Exception: A few NSE members fund their own outgoing Plan A students. Your home NSE coordinator will advise you if your campus is one that utilizes this procedure. If so, apply for financial aid only at your home campus. Do not list the FAFSA code for your exchange site(s). This could result in an over-award that must be repaid. If you currently receive College Work Study, do not expect CWS to be available while on exchange.

  • Plan B
    For eligible students exchanging under Plan B (tuition/fees paid to the home campus) federally-funded financial aid is awarded by, and disbursed from, your home campus. If exchanging under Plan B, list only the FAFSA code for your home campus. Do not list the FAFSA code for your exchange site(s). This could result in an over-award which must be repaid. If you currently receive College Work Study, do not expect CWS to be available while on exchange.

  • Exchange to Canada
    Individuals planning to exchange to Canada, regardless of whether on Plan A or Plan B, file for federally-funded financial aid only at their home campuses. List only the code for your home campus on your FAFSA form.

  • Other Financial Aid Sources
    If you are receiving private, state-based or institutional-based grants, scholarships, or fee remission for tuition, housing, and/or meals, check with your NSE coordinator and home campus financial aid officer to determine use of such aid for exchange under Plan A or Plan B. Some forms of aid may be portable to your host institution while others may not. Also note that host NSE campuses do not award institutionally-based scholarships, grants, or fee remissions to incoming exchange students.

Financial Aid - Canadian Students

Canadian students, regardless of whether exchanging under Plan A or Plan B, apply for financial assistance through their home institution as well as federal and provincial governments. Consult your campus coordinator for additional information and requirements. Failure to apply for financial aid by stated deadlines may result in loss of aid. If you are receiving private or institutional scholarships or fee remission for tuition, housing, and/or meals, check with your NSE coordinator and home campus financial aid officer to determine use of such aid for exchange under Plan A or Plan B. Some forms of aid may be portable to your host institution while others may not. Also note that host NSE campuses do not award institutionally-based scholarships, grants or fee remissions to incoming exchange students.

Killam Fellowships

If you are either a Canadian planning to study in the United States or an American planning to study in Canada, you are eligible to apply for funding through the Killam Fellowships Program. This program allows undergraduate students from Canada and the United States to participate in a program of binational residential exchange. Killam Fellows spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in the host country. The program offers a cash award of $5,000 for a semester along with a competitive health benefits package and the opportunity to participate in academic and cultural program in other regions of your host country outside of your host city. Applications for Killam are due January 31.

"Receiving a Killam Fellowship for my NSE exchange... added depth and provided opportunities throughout the exchange. Financially, the Fellowship greatly reduced my costs for the year, making my exchange very affordable. The mobility grant I received for personal travel through the Fellowship was used for a trip to Nevada. The Killam-hosted conferences in Ottawa and Washington D.C. are an exciting way to travel and meet extraordinary people. I was fortunate to build relationships with other students who had received Killam Fellowships, sharing goals and ambitions similar to my own. These conferences are also an opportunity to develop an understanding of Canada/US dynamics through discussion with other students and representatives of the two countries. Last but not least, potential employers have already noticed the Killam Fellowship on my resume. Throughout my career I will always be linked to this very reputable program. I cannot recommend this Fellowship highly enough to potential exchange students, and I hope that they will experience what I was so fortunate to experience!"


Carl Miller, Killam Fellow 2010-2011
University of Calgary
to California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo