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I have recently been accepted onto the study abroad programme at my uni but I have a few questions about the travel grant:

1. When do I have to book my plane tickets by?

2. I have been looking at tickets online and the cheapest airline is Wowair but I have to pay extra for luggage (carry-on and check-in) as they only allow 1 personal item (like a backpack) so if I pay extra for luggage, will the travel grant cover this?
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I have recently been accepted onto the study abroad programme at my uni but I have a few questions about the travel grant:

1. When do I have to book my plane tickets by?

2. I have been looking at tickets online and the cheapest airline is Wowair but I have to pay extra for luggage (carry-on and check-in) as they only allow 1 personal item (like a backpack) so if I pay extra for luggage, will the travel grant cover this?
Hi lili4648,

In answer to your questions, there is no date in which you have to book your flights by and the Travel Grant will cover the cost of 1 hold bag up to approx 23kg.

Thanks

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Thank you!
If you don't mind me asking, how do I go about selecting the flights? Do I need to choose the cheapest or a direct flight?
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Thank you!
If you don't mind me asking, how do I go about selecting the flights? Do I need to choose the cheapest or a direct flight?
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Thank you!
If you don't mind me asking, how do I go about selecting the flights? Do I need to choose the cheapest or a direct flight?
Hi lili4648,

The class and method of travel should be deemed reasonable (ie no business class,) standard or economy is expected.


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Hi, the past two years I have been given the maximum maintenance loan but when I apply for the study abroad maintenance loan, it says that I am only eligible for half of the maximum. I am confused because I am relying on the maintenance loan to pay for my accommodation whilst abroad. Also, as I am going to the US for study abroad, is that considered to be part of the Erasmus scheme?
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Hi, the past two years I have been given the maximum maintenance loan but when I apply for the study abroad maintenance loan, it says that I am only eligible for half of the maximum. I am confused because I am relying on the maintenance loan to pay for my accommodation whilst abroad. Also, as I am going to the US for study abroad, is that considered to be part of the Erasmus scheme?
Hi Lili4648,

It sounds like the system may think you're applying for a placement. Can I just ask, has the system given you a figure for your maintenance loan?

Thank you,

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Thank you for taking the time to help me. It turns out that I just had to input my parents income to be eligible for a higher maintenance loan.
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Thank you for taking the time to help me. It turns out that I just had to input my parents income to be eligible for a higher maintenance loan.
You're very welcome, glad to hear it's resolved.

Best wishes,

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Does the flight have to arrive at the airport closest to the university or can the flight arrive in another state?
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Does the flight have to arrive at the airport closest to the university or can the flight arrive in another state?
Hi lili4648,

Where are you flying to and where is your university?

Thanks Rona
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Hi, the university is in Wisconsin and I would like to fly to North Dakota.
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Hi, the university is in Wisconsin and I would like to fly to North Dakota.
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We would advise that the flight should arrive at the airport closest to the Uni.

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How long before the start of the term, am I allowed to travel to the US?
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How long before the start of the term, am I allowed to travel to the US?
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There isn't a specific date of when you need to arrive in the US as long as you're there before the start of your course.

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How does it work when booking flights home? Do I need to come home as soon as the term ends or can I stay for a week or two after term ends?
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How does it work when booking flights home? Do I need to come home as soon as the term ends or can I stay for a week or two after term ends?
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The flights don't need to be booked for the exact date that term ends, we will still reimburse the flight if its 1 or 2 weeks later.

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My housing contract at the institution abroad states that I need to vacate the premises within 24 hours of my final exam of that term. As I am not aware of my exam dates yet, how do I go about booking the flights for going abroad? Should I just purchase a one-way ticket to the US then buy a one-way ticket to the UK when I am aware of my exam dates? Or, as I have seen on https://www.gotogate.co.uk/, there is an option to buy a flexible ticket for £100 extra (on top of the airline price), will this be covered by the travel grant?
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My housing contract at the institution abroad states that I need to vacate the premises within 24 hours of my final exam of that term. As I am not aware of my exam dates yet, how do I go about booking the flights for going abroad? Should I just purchase a one-way ticket to the US then buy a one-way ticket to the UK when I am aware of my exam dates? Or, as I have seen on https://www.gotogate.co.uk/, there is an option to buy a flexible ticket for £100 extra (on top of the airline price), will this be covered by the travel grant?
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My housing contract at the institution abroad states that I need to vacate the premises within 24 hours of my final exam of that term. As I am not aware of my exam dates yet, how do I go about booking the flights for going abroad? Should I just purchase a one-way ticket to the US then buy a one-way ticket to the UK when I am aware of my exam dates? Or, as I have seen on https://www.gotogate.co.uk/, there is an option to buy a flexible ticket for £100 extra (on top of the airline price), will this be covered by the travel grant?
Hi lili4648,

We would not reimbursement the extra £100, we would advise that you book two single journeys to make sure we can pay this via the Travel Grant.

Thanks Erin.
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