Program Costs and Sources of Support

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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.

The Gustavus Tuition Contribution. The tuition contribution is the percentage of your full Gustavus tuition that can be applied toward the costs of a semester or academic-year study away program (other than exchange programs). For 2015-16, the tuition contribution is 48% of Gustavus tuition. Currently, estimates for 2016-17 program costs should be calculated using the 48% tuition contribution. Updated information about the final tuition contribution for 2016-17 will be published as soon as it is available.

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.)

Program Cost Calculator Worksheet

Use the Gustavus Program Cost Calculator worksheet to create an estimate of your total costs of participation: CICE Cost Caculator Worksheet. Please let us know if you have any questions about how to use the worksheet.

Scholarships for Study Away

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]

Using Your Gustavus Financial Aid

Most forms of financial aid, and most general scholarships, can be applied toward the costs of study away participation. There are, however, some limitations. For more information, consult the Gustavus Financial Aid office.