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Funding The Study Abroad Experience

Making study abroad affordable takes work. You and your student need to do the research. There are a lot of outside scholarships available. Also, planning and budgeting are critical to making Study Abroad affordable. Students must start early and plan ahead. At SFS, we offer $330,000 in need-based grants a year, Andreas Scholarships for public schools students, and low-interest and no-interest loans. For more information on financial aid available through SFS, please visit Tuition and Financial Aid Section.

Although the School for Field Studies (SFS) may be more expensive than your son’s or daughter’s home institution tuition, any study abroad experience is an investment in his or her education and professional development. Paying a little more for one semester spread over four years isn’t that much more to pay, given the experience the student gains as a result.

A high-need student at a public institution with a low cost profile might pay $10,000 a semester ($7,000 tuition/$3,000 R&B). Paying an additional $7,000 for a semester may seem like a lot; however, if you spread it out over all four years, it is an additional $875 per semester.

A low-need student who receives a merit scholarship that does not transfer to Study Abroad has to pay more for SFS. Again, spreading the additional cost over eight semesters makes it a worthwhile investment.

Here are some ways studying abroad with SFS will contribute to your student’s future success:

1. SFS will complement and enhance students’ on-campus experience and education and make them stronger candidates for grad schools, jobs, Peace Corps, etc.

2. The value-add of SFS can be seen in skills such as critical-thinking, field research skills, quantitative research skills, scientific writing, oral presentation skills, language and cultural competency, as well as things like GIS and SCUBA certification.

3. Interpersonal skills that are highly regarded in professional development—showing you can step out of your comfort zone, community service, flexibility, leadership, and group work.

4. Articulating their SFS experience on resumes and grad school applications is a critical piece of the puzzle.