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Tuition and Financial Aid

The School for Field Studies (SFS) awards over $350,000 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 should apply for aid as soon as possible. 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.

Application Instructions

The complete aid application is due at least 60 days before the program begins for semester applicants, and at least 30 days before the program begins for summer applicants. You may only apply for financial aid after being accepted to an SFS program.

Click here to download the 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.
  • 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.



SFS General Grants
All students are eligible to apply for these need-based awards. SFS will work with you and your home school to understand and meet your financial need.

Trailblazer Grants
These grants, currently available for students enrolling in the Spring 2015 semester programs in Cambodia/Vietnam or Peru and Fall 2015 semester program in Bhutan, will be awarded on the basis of need and may supplement other awards of SFS need-based scholarships, travel grants, and zero- or low-interest loans. Students will be automatically considered for Trailblazer Grants once they are accepted to the Cambodia/Vietnam or Peru program and submit an application for SFS financial aid.

The Andreas Family Fund
Through the generosity of the Andreas family, we offer scholarships through the Andreas Family Scholarship Fund which focuses on providing financial aid to students in US public schools who are academically eligible, but may not be able to afford our programs. The Fund's goal is to reduce barriers and broaden the range of students who participate in SFS programs.

SFS Travel Grants
SFS offers a limited number of travel grants to qualified students to help offset the personal cost of travel to SFS programs. If a student is awarded an SFS travel grant, travel arrangements must be made through SFS’ recommended travel agency (Advantage Travel).

SFS Endowed Scholarships
Most aid comes from our general fund, but SFS does have endowed scholarships with specific eligibility requirements. The single aid application puts you into consideration for these scholarships. Click here to learn more about the specific endowed scholarships.

Loans (optional)

Zero-Interest Loans
Zero-interest loans are made possible through the generosity of the Merck Family Fund. Semester loans of up to $2,400 must be repaid within two years and summer loans of up to $1,200 must be repaid within one year of program completion.

Low-Interest Loans
This low-interest loan program is designed to assist semester students in bridging the gap between current financial resources and total program cost. This loan of up to $5,000 must be repaid within four years.


Tuition Deposit Refund Information

All tuition payments are non-refundable except in cases where SFS financial aid is sought and the subsequent award is inadequate. In order to qualify for refund status, you must:

  • Submit tuition deposit within 10 business days of your date of acceptance;
  • Complete and return the financial aid application at least 60 days before your program begins (30 days for summer applicants);
  • Decline your offer of SFS financial aid within 10 business days of the financial aid award date.

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