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Tuition and Financial Aid

The School for Field Studies (SFS) awards over $450,000 in need-based scholarships and grants each year, and about 90% of students who apply for SFS aid receive it. Study abroad would not be possible for most of these students without financial assistance. SFS greatly appreciates the support of our alumni and other generous donors who make this possible through their contributions to the SFS general grant fund and endowed scholarships.

SFS also offers a zero-interest and low-interest loan program. Many applicants receive aid through their home schools or other outside sources. You may qualify for SFS assistance even if you are not receiving aid from your home school.

SFS aid is subject to the availability of funds. The quality of the information provided by the student is critical to the proper assessment and subsequent award of any aid. Students who wish to be considered for SFS aid should submit the SFS Financial Aid Application with their program application. The admissions process is need-blind, but we ask that students submit their Financial Aid Application in this way to expedite the process. Complete financial aid applications are reviewed once students are accepted to an SFS program. Incomplete applications are not considered. Please call the SFS Admissions Hotline at 800.989.4418 if you have any questions about the application process.

A growing number of schools allow students to take institutional financial aid off-campus. Check with your financial aid office to see what aid you can apply to your SFS program. We encourage you to investigate applying for federal financial aid funds, including loans through your home school. Because the credits you earn for your SFS participation will, in all likelihood, be applied toward your degree, your school should be able to process a Stafford Loan to assist your SFS participation. If you encounter difficulty in arranging to use federal financial aid funds for your SFS program, please contact us and we will do our best to assist you.


I would like to thank The School for Field Studies for its generous support, without which I would not have been able to participate in this amazing program.        


Application Instructions

The complete Financial Aid Application should be submitted along with the program application. Financial Aid Applications are reviewed upon acceptance to an SFS program.

SFS Financial Aid Application

PART I: To be completed and signed by the student.

PART II: To be completed by the home school financial aid office.

  • Meet with a financial aid office representative at your home institution to discuss your intent to study with SFS.
  • You must have a FAFSA on file with your home institution in order to be considered for SFS financial aid. Please contact your SFS Admissions Counselor for further instructions if you are an international student or not currently enrolled in a college/university.
  • Only your home institution office can tell you what types of aid may be applied to an SFS program and what you need to do in order to apply them.
  • Be sure to ask your study abroad office or financial aid office what additional financial aid resources might be available at your home institution to support study abroad. It is your responsibility to understand the requirements, deadlines, and additional offerings of your home institution regarding financial aid for study abroad.


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Aid Application Review Schedule

Applications for SFS need-based financial aid are reviewed in batches twice per month, starting on the dates listed below (check which applies to your session). Early submissions are encouraged as aid is subject to the availability of funds.

SFS Summer Programs: Review begins February 1st

SFS Fall Programs: Review begins April 1st

SFS Spring Programs: Review begins September 1st

SFS financial aid resources are subject to the availability of funds.