Education Abroad Connecting Flight

The Connecting Flight Advance is a no-interest/no-fees program designed to assist students who do not immediately have funds available to cover upfront costs associated with their education abroad program, enabling the student to pay for these costs with their Financial Aid package. The Connecting Flight Advance will cover these costs until the billing term associated with their education abroad program.

The Connecting Flight Advance includes:

  • Flight Booking

The Connecting Flight Advance does NOT include:

  • Pre-Travel Medical Visits
  • Textbooks & Materials
  • Housing Deposits

Eligibility and Program Criteria

Carlson undergraduate students with an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) of $16,300 or less for the previous or current academic year on the FAFSA (Federal Application for Federal Student Aid) who are participating on semester-length or summer education abroad programs through the Carlson Global Institute (CGI) are eligible to apply for the Connecting Flight Advance. See below for a full list of eligible programs.

If you are participating on a program through the University of Minnesota’s Learning Abroad Center, please review information about their Bridging Loan Program.


CGI reviews Connecting Flight Advance applications on a rolling basis until the deadlines below. Any Connecting Flight Advance applications received after the appropriate deadline will not be reviewed.

Education Abroad Program Term Connecting Flight Advance Deadline
Fall Semester June 1
Spring Semester November 15

Application Instructions


  1. Schedule a Financial Aid Preview Meeting with the Office of Student Finance (OSF)
  2. OSF will notify the Carlson Global Institute if approved
  3. The Connecting Flight Advance Form will then be added to your study abroad program application checklist
  4. Complete the checklist item by the deadline above
  5. CGI will send an email with instructions for booking your flight

Eligible Programs

Semester-length Fall & Spring education abroad programs through the Carlson Global Institute (CGI) for which flights are NOT included in the program fee, but rather as an expected cost that is the student's responsibility. 

For Business in Barcelona and Business in Dublin programs, students must utilize the Learning Abroad Center's Bridging Loan Program. 

Contact Carlson Global Institute