Program Costs and Sources of Support
Understanding Study Away Program Costs
In general, study away program costs break down into three big categories:
- Tuition and fees that must be paid to Gustavus Adolphus College
- Specific program fees that must be paid to Gustavus and/or another agency or organization
- Direct, personal costs that you will incur for items not included in your program fees
How these fees add up for any given program depends on the type of program you choose:
- In J-Term programs offered by Gustavus or through J-Term exchange, your Gustavus tuition for the year already covers the program tuition. However, there will be a program fee for the costs of the travel, the use of facilities and housing abroad, excursions, guest speakers, and other specific costs. In an external J-Term program, you will pay the full program fee assessed by the program provider.
- In exchange programs, Gustavus students will pay their full Gustavus tuition at home and then will not have to pay any tuition at the host institution abroad. Room and board may be paid either at home or abroad, depending on how your specific exchange program is managed. You may sometimes have to pay modest fees to the host institution for things like student activities or course-specific fees (e.g., for films shown in a film class, or lab/supply fees for a science or art class).
- In other semester or academic-year programs, you will pay to Gustavus both your full Gustavus tuition and a program fee that constitutes the difference between your Gustavus Tuition Contribution and the full price of the program.
Personal Expenses. In addition to the costs listed above, students will also have personal, out-of-pocket costs for any type of study away program, though the number and amount of these costs will vary by program type and by individual program. Some programs do not include airfare, and other common personal costs include: some or all meals, ground transportation at the local site, books and supplies, incidentals, and personal travel. An estimated budget for all but personal travel costs is provided to Financial Aid to help determine your offical "cost of attendace" for the term(s) of the study away program. (Personal travel is not considered a required expense and cannot be covered by financial aid funds.)
Use the appropriate Gustavus Program Cost Calculator worksheet to create an estimate of your total costs of participation:
Please let us know if you have any questions about how to use the worksheet.
Whether the study away program you choose is an officially recognized Gustavus program or an independent study away program, you may incur additional expenses beyond what you would spend during a semester or J-Term on the Gustavus campus. [Full scholarship info]
Most forms of financial aid, and most general scholarships, can be applied toward the costs of study away participation. There are, however, some limitations.
A few general notes:
- CICE will provide a cost estimate for each student approved for off-campus study. Financial aid staff members will use this estimate to recalculate your cost-of-attendance budget to include consideration of your study away costs.
- However, students are responsible for conferring with the Financial Aid office to understand how their financial aid package will apply to their off-campus study. Financial aid applies toward Gustavus-approved programs, with the exception of work-study awards for the term you will be abroad, and certain scholarships that require a student’s participation on-campus (e.g. some music and theatre scholarships).
- Students are reminded that they are not allowed to earn their work-study award while they are abroad, but they may be able earn their full year work-study award working additional hours the term they are on campus (see the Financial Aid office). Students applying for a non-approved Gustavus program may retain their Federal Aid but are ineligible for Gustavus restricted and unrestricted scholarships or loans. Students may file an amended FAFSA application based on additional costs of an off-campus study program.
- Occasionally a student takes an approved leave of absence from the College in order to enroll in another institution's study away program. Gustavus Adolphus College financial aid does NOT apply for students who take a leave of absence from Gustavus Adolphus to participate in a non-Gustavus Adolphus sponsored study away program.
- For students using tuition exchange programs (e.g., if a parent works for Concordia College), the tuition exchange discount applies toward the cost of participating in semester and academic-year programs but does not affect the costs for J-Term or summer programs.
- Students interested in summer study away programs should note that Gustavus does not have summer term financial aid awards. Please consult the Gustavus financial aid office for options.
For more information, consult the Gustavus financial aid office.