Financial Aid and Off-Campus Study

To promote equitable access to off-campus study, Lawrence provides financial assistance to students who wish to participate in one of Lawrence's affiliated or sponsored off-campus programs by allowing need-based Lawrence institutional financial aid to apply, in addition to various scholarship opportunities and support in finding and applying for outside scholarships.

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.  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, cancellation, 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 for any reason, 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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