Education Abroad


WS20 - Funding Education Abroad: Administration and Partnership Building

Monday, May 30
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Room: CCC, 304

Member Fee: $300.00 | Non-member Fee: $429.00

Gain federal financial aid knowledge related to sending U.S. students abroad, scholarship administration and best practices, practical approaches for campus collaboration, and issue resolution for U.S.-based education abroad professionals. Presented by members of NAFSA’s Federal Financial Aid Subcommittee and Funding Education Abroad Subcommittee.

Learning Objectives:

Michele Arellano

Associate Director
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

Michele Arellano has worked in Higher Education Administration since 1999 and more specifically in Education Abroad since 2002. She currently serves as the Associate Director of the Office of Study Abroad at The University of Kansas. Her main responsibilities are managing all student services functions including enrollment management, scholarship and financial aid processing and advising for study abroad. Previously, Michele was employed by the Financial Aid office at the University of Kansas and currently serves as study abroad liaison and main advisor to the Financial Aid office, Registrar’s office and Enrollment Management office on campus. She presents often on financing education abroad topics and has served on numerous internal as well as external scholarship review committees. As a member of NAFSA's leadership team, she currently serves as member at large of NAFSA's EARP committee and is the current chair of the EARP Financial Aid Subcommittee.


Mary Alice Allen

Senior Education Abroad Advisor
Georgia Institute of Technology Office of International Education
Atlanta, Georgia

Mary Alice Allen currently serves as the Senior Education Abroad Advisor at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. She is the point-person for all faculty-led study abroad programs at Georgia Tech and responsible for managing two of these programs in Asia. She regularly works with financial aid, legal affairs, bursars office, and student affairs in support of faculty-led program students, faculty, and staff. Mary Alice obtained both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Auburn University. Mary Alice currently serves on NAFSA's Financing Education Abroad Subcommittee.


Matthew Sagayaga

Financial Aid Counselor
Portland State University
Portland, OR

Matthew Sagayaga Jr. is the financial aid study abroad coordinator at Portland State University, Office of Financial

Aid and Scholarships. Matthew has a BS in Ethnic Studies, African/ Asian, Pacific Islander American issues from

Oregon State University, a BS in Communications from Portland State University, and a Masters in Postsecondary

Adult & Continuing Education, in Student Services from Portland State University. Matthew serves on the NAFSA

EARP Fin. Aid Subcommittee and is committed to the ongoing collaboration between study abroad offices and the

financial aid department



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