Connecting Flight Advance

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 15
Spring Semester December 1
Summer April 1

Application Instructions

AGREEMENT FORM – To be considered for the Connecting Flight Advance, you must submit a completed agreement form to Maxine Kobinski in the Carlson Global Institute. The agreement form must be printed and all necessary signatures must be obtained.

Eligible Programs

Semester-length or summer education abroad programs through the Carlson Global Institute (CGI) for which flight is NOT included in the program fee.

Contact Carlson Global Institute