2018-2019 Financial Aid Policy

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.