UofM Students

Bridging Loan Program

The Bridging Loan is a no interest/no fees program designed to assist you if you do not immediately have the funds available to cover your program deposit and flight booking costs. It enables you to pay for these costs with your financial aid package. The Bridging Loan will cover these costs until the program fee is billed to your account.

Other possible initial costs associated with attendance on a program abroad such as passports, visas, and medical visits will need to be paid for directly by you often before your financial aid disbursement occurs.

Agreement Form

You must print, fill out, and submit the completed agreement form to apply.

Agreement Form (PDF)


The Bridging Loan Agreement form must be submitted to the Learning Abroad Center BEFORE the application deadline for your program. Prior to submitting the form to the Learning Abroad Center, you will need to schedule a Financial Aid Preview Meeting with the Office of Student Finance.

Eligibility Requirements

If you are a Carlson student going on a Carlson Global Institute program, review information about their Connecting Flight Advance program.

Eligible Programs

Ensure that your program is on this list before applying. Only Fall, Winter Break, Spring, Spring Break, Academic Year, or Calendar Year Learning Abroad Center programs are eligible. May and Summer programs are not eligible. 

If your program is not eligible for Bridging Loan, consider STA Travel's Book Now, Pay Later program, which allows you to pay a small deposit for your airfare upfront and the remaining balance closer to the time of departure.