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Costs and Scholarships

What to know about how to fund your experience

Studying abroad doesn’t have to be more expensive than a semester here in Worcester if you plan early. A trip well-planned financially results in a less-stressful study abroad experience. This page is designed to help you navigate the costs involved with a study abroad experience. Also be sure to visit the webpage for individual study abroad providers and universities for more information about their available scholarships.

Clark allows students to study away on Clark-approved programs with their financial aid awards provided directly by Clark. This policy aims to avoid the situation whereby only financially independent students can afford to participate.

  • You cannot access Work Study funds while abroad, so consult with the Office of Financial Assistance in advance in order to apply for a different form of aid.
  • If you receive a Stafford Loan, be sure to check with Financial Aid about the length of time needed to process any paperwork.
  • International scholarships are granted to enrich the Clark campus with international students and cannot be applied to off-campus programs.
  • It is critical for students to talk to the Office of Financial Assistance and Student Accounts to see how and when this is distributed, and whether there will be any changes to your overall financial aid package.
  • Study Abroad provides budget sheet that you can download and use as a tool when planning your semester financially.

Billing

  • Your student account will be billed for Clark tuition each semester you are abroad, and Clark will pay your tuition/academic fees to your program.
  • You will receive an invoice from Clark’s Student Accounts Department, indicating that the tuition payment will be due by mid-July for the fall and mid-December for the spring semester. The exact due date will appear on your bill.
  • Failure to satisfy your financial obligation to Clark University by the due date may result in your withdrawal from the program. Failure to satisfy your financial obligations to your host institution may also result in the same.
  • You will be billed a $1,000 fee for EACH term that you are away from campus, which will appear on your tuition bill.
  • You will be billed by your program directly for your non-tuition fees. This can include housing, meal stipends, local travel, deposits or other fees. Books, additional non-academic fees, visa and travel expenses are your responsibility. *exception is CAPA London
  • You are also responsible for all of your personal expenses and pocket money while away. Remember that there might be a whole array of fees for using a gym, clubs, computers, laundry, transportation, books, cell phones, etc. These fees vary from year to year and we recommend that you check the website of your host institution to see if further information is available. Any additional expenses related to individual courses, such as travel, are also your responsibility.

Students CANNOT access Clark-awarded aid or scholarships for non-Clark and summer programs

  • It is critical for students to talk to the Office of Financial Assistance and Student Accounts to see how and when this is distributed, and whether there will be any changes to your overall financial aid package.
  • Study Abroad provides Budget Sheets that you can download and use as a tool when planning your semester financially.

Billing

  • You will pay non-academic fees directly to your program
  • Books, additional non-academic fees, visa and travel expenses are your responsibility.
  • You are also responsible for all of your personal expenses and pocket money while away. Remember that there might be a whole array of fees for using a gym, clubs, computers, laundry, transportation, books, cell phones, etc. These fees vary from year to year and we recommend that you check the website of your host institution to see if further information is available. Any additional expenses related to individual courses, such as travel, are also your responsibility.
  • A $100 application fee will be due at the time of application (instructions for paying this fee are provided with the application; this will not be billed to your student account).

Scholarships

Start early with researching scholarship opportunities to help fund your study abroad experience. Click through the menus below to find links to some external and Clark scholarships.