This page should provide you with general information to help you plan financially for your off-campus experience. Please consult Student Financial Services to learn more about your specific aid package and how it would transfer to your desired program.
What to expect?
The cost for approved semester and year-long programs varies widely. There are up-front, clear-cut costs, as well as personal expenses and spending you should consider comprehensively.
Essentially, the overall cost of your off-campus experience will depend on what program you attend. Location, type of housing, and the type of program (direct enrollment, study center, field-based program etc.) will all influence the cost. Many of the programs Colby approves are less expensive than Colby’s tuitions and fees.
Colby does not charge home school tuition for non-Colby programs. Instead, students pay the fees set by their off-campus program provider (the program fee, referenced above) directly to them. In addition. Colby charges an Off-Campus Study fee of $1,500 per semester. This fee is charged to account for the support OCS provides students during pre-departure, in-country, and reintegration back to campus, as well as the processing of forms, applications, and handling credit transfers.
Note: Students attending Colby-run programs (Dijon, Salamanca, Bigelow) continue to pay their Colby tuition as usual.
Off-Campus Study Financial Aid
Payment Plans and Refunds
Check with your program or foreign university if you would like to use a Tuition Payment Plan or Tuition Insurance Plan to see if it is available. Additionally, an employer-contributed fund or College Saving Plan might be used. Please contact the Student Finances Services office for more information.
Please be aware of the refund policy of your program before you send any payment. For Colby Programs refunds policy, please refer to Colby’s policy on off-campus program cancellation.
Other Resources and Scholarships
There are scholarships and grants available for study abroad administered by governments, organizations, and study abroad programs. Please check this (click here:” LIST “) for some ideas and ask us if you need help! Some of scholarships recommended by students:
https://www.gilmanscholarship.org/ (Highly recommended for Pell-Grant eligible/FGLI students)
You can also contact Allyson Hawkins, OCS Assistant Director, with questions about fellowships and scholarships for international travel or research. See our Domestic and International Fellowships page for more information.