Financial Aid and Off-Campus Study

To promote off-campus study, Lawrence provides financial assistance to students who wish to participate in one of Lawrence's affiliated or sponsored off-campus programs and who have demonstrated financial need.

Need-based institutional funding and loans are applicable to all Lawrence-sponsored and Lawrence-affiliated programs.  The maximum amount of need-based Lawrence funding that can be applied to off-campus study is increased annually.  Merit scholarships, music scholarships, and tuition exchange benefits will not be applied to off-campus study programs.  Government sponsored grants (e.g., Federal Pell Grants, Federal SEOG, and Wisconsin Tuition Grants) are typically fully applicable to all such programs. Per program policies, students receiving Lawrence Tuition Remission or ACM Tuition Remission will be allowed to apply their tuition benefit toward the cost of Lawrence-sponsored programs (the London Centre and the Francophone Seminar in Dakar, Senegal) and tuition benefits are not applicable to Lawrence-affiliated programs.

The cost for many off-campus study programs is greater than the cost of studying for the same period of time at Lawrence.  Students should make certain they consider out-of-pocket expenses when deciding whether or not they can afford a given program. Comprehensive cost estimates for all Lawrence affiliated and sponsored programs are available from the Financial Aid office. Students considering off-campus study are encouraged to meet with the Financial Aid office.  Some programs (e.g.IES and ISA programs) offer the opportunity to apply for additional scholarship funds through the program provider organization.

Any student who will need financial assistance to be able to afford an off-campus study program is encouraged to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible during the year preceding their proposed program. Even those not qualifying for need-based aid may wish to absorb the incremental expense through either an unsubsidized Stafford Student Loan or a parental PLUS loan and are thus encouraged to submit the FAFSA.

Students are encouraged to pursue outside scholarship opportunities to assist with the incremental cost of off-campus programs. See the Off-Campus Study Funding page for more information about scholarships and funding options for off-campus study.

Billing, Deposits, & Refunds

Lawrence bills program tuition and billable program fees for students participating in LU sponsored and affiliated programs.  In the case of Lawrence-sponsored programs, students are charged Lawrence tuition and a program fee to cover fixed in-country costs.  In the case of affiliated programs, Lawrence charges only the direct costs billed by the program sponsor.

Most programs require a confirmation deposit from students to officially accept their offer of admission. For affiliated programs, students pay this deposit directly to the program provider.  Students accepted to a Lawrence sponsored program will receive more information about this confirmation deposit upon acceptance. The deposit for an affiliated or sponsored program cannot be billed to a student's Lawrence student account.

Lawrence honors the refund, cancelation, and withdrawal policies of our partner institutions.  Once a student accepts placement in a program, the program provider begins preparations for their participation.  If, after a student commits to a program, they withdraw or do not participate, most program providers hold the individual student accountable for some to all of the costs incurred on their behalf.  Students should make themselves aware of these policies of the organization providing their program.

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