New Financial Aid Policy Starting in 2019-20
Beginning in fall 2019, students will be able to apply all Lawrence financial aid toward participation in approved off-campus study programs. Lawrence need-based and merit-based financial support students receive when studying on campus will now fully apply toward off-campus study participation. All students should meet with the Financial Aid office to discuss a detailed estimate of costs particular to their financial aid package and specific to the programs(s) they are considering.
Off-campus study can be a meaningful and life-changing experience for students. Some programs, however, do cost more than studying on campus. This page is meant to help you approach funding your off-campus experience.
We encourage you to look into potential funding sources outside of the usual aid you receive. The more creatively you think about potential funding sources and the more research you do into this, the more likely you will be to find funding support. There is no magic solution or definitive database of funding options so it’s up to you to search out different sources. There are lots of scholarships available for study abroad waiting for applicants. This page provides some suggestions for your search but you can also do your own internet search, consult various civic, social, or religious institutions (such as the Rotary Club), or check with your parents’ workplaces for possible scholarships.
Look into these scholarships early and note application deadlines – scholarship application deadlines are often earlier than you would expect.
Students participating in Lawrence-sponsored or Lawrence-affiliated off-campus programs are able to utilize their financial aid package toward their off-campus program. For more detailed information on how financial aid packages will apply, please see Financial Aid, Billings, Deposits and Refunds. We strongly encourage all students considering an off-campus program to meet with the Financial Aid Office to discuss how studying off-campus may impact their financial aid award and status. In most cases, Stafford, Perkins, PLUS, and private alternative loans will be applied to off-campus study. If you have not received aid in the past, you may still be eligible for financial aid to help with your off-campus study expenses and you should consult the Financial Aid Office and consider completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if you are eligible for aid.
In addition to financial aid, there are also additional outside scholarships and funding resources to support students who study off-campus. Use the links on the left to get more information about these funding sources.