FAQs for Parents
The costs to study abroad are similar to the costs of a semester on-campus at Springfield College, including full-time tuition and fees as well as room and board costs if provided by the program chosen.
The home billing policy allows students to choose a program that furthers their individual academic and career goals without worrying about substantial differences in costs. Springfield College understands that there may be differences between the direct costs of study abroad programs and a semester on-campus. This is attributed to some study abroad programs being more or less expensive than others.
The home billing policy also allows the College and International Center to assist with all aspects of the study abroad process, including academic advising, application, financial aid, and pre-departure orientation.
Springfield College Policy on Billing
Students studying abroad will pay the tuition, fees, and room and board costs (if provided by the program) directly to Springfield College, and should follow the College’s regular billing schedule for the semester. Springfield College’s tuition and fees policy for all approved study abroad programs permits most forms of financial aid and scholarships to apply to the costs for the semester abroad.
Deposits & Other Costs
There is a $500 deposit payable to Springfield College that is due upon the submission of the study abroad application. This deposit is credited to the student’s Springfield College account during the semester abroad.
The College covers the costs of the academic portion of the study abroad program. In some study abroad programs, orientation, specific excursions, and site visits are part of the student’s academic study and are included in program fees paid by the College. If a student selects a program which provides room and board arrangements, Springfield College will bill the student a room charge based upon the double occupancy rate and a board charge based upon the 14-Meal plan at the Springfield, Mass., campus.
Costs not covered
Students are responsible for any costs billed by the program that are not included in the program fee, such as costs associated with optional activities, premium services and features, and security or damage deposits. Students pay these charges directly to the program. Other costs incurred by the student include passport and visa costs, medical consultations and vaccinations, round-trip airfare, and all personal expenses, as well as any penalties incurred by voluntary or involuntary changes to their airline tickets.
For more specific information on study abroad costs or Springfield College’s billing policy, please refer to the Business Office Web site.
Most sources of financial aid, including most Springfield College awards, merit scholarships, and loans, can be utilized during study abroad. The major exceptions to this rule include aid received through Federal Work Study and the Tuition Exchange Program, which may not be applied during study abroad. Students who receive other types of funding, including external scholarships or awards that require any on-campus activity, are urged to contact the office of Financial Aid for information as to how choosing to study abroad may affect this benefit. All students are urged to check their eligibility for other scholarships available for study abroad through various clubs and organizations.
The Study Abroad Program is available to dependents of employees who qualify under the College’s traditional tuition remission benefit program. Tuition benefit requirement details are located in the Springfield College employee handbook. The following additional requirements apply to the Study Abroad Program:
- The employee/dependent will be responsible for all costs of the selected Study Abroad Program incurred by the College on behalf of the dependent student. These charges would include, but are not limited to, tuition charged by the sponsoring study abroad educational institution, as well as room and board plan charges, and administrative and other fees.
- These costs will be billed to the dependent student’s tuition account at the College. All charges must be paid in full prior to the dependent student departing for the Study Abroad Program. Alternative payment arrangements may be approved at the discretion of the College’s Business Office.