Financing Study Away

Studying away is an investment in your future. During the experience, you will gain skills that you need to thrive in our interconnected world. When you live outside of your comfort zone, you’ll become more adaptable, flexible, open minded; you will have the global perspectives and confidence that employers are looking for in their new employees.

Costs & Financial Aid

How you pay for your study away program depends on the type of program you choose.

  • When you study on a sponsored study away program during the fall or spring terms, you are able to utilize your entire Allegheny and Federal/State financial aid package with the exception of work study awards and Tuition Exchange scholarships. All sponsored program participants pay regular Allegheny tuition to Allegheny College. Most sponsored programs include room and board and if that’s the case, students will be charged Allegheny room and board rates which vary by program. In other sponsored programs, students may pay for room and board directly to the host institution instead of to Allegheny. All sponsored Programs also include a $300 off-campus study fee. In addition you must factor in the cost of meals, airfare, immigration expenses, and personal expenses. Check out each sponsored program’s page to review approximate costs.


  • If you study on an independent program instead of a sponsored program, you won’t pay Allegheny tuition or housing. Instead you’ll pay Allegheny an $800 off-campus study fee and you will pay your fees directly to your program provider. On independent programs, students do not pay Allegheny tuition or housing and students cannot utilize Allegheny’s institutional scholarships, although certain federal and state aid may transfer. See below for more details:
Tuition Room & Board Off-campus study fee charged by Allegheny Financial Aid
Sponsored Programs Allegheny tuition Varies by program. Most sponsored programs include housing and these students pay Allegheny room & board rates. In some program students pay housing fees directly to provider. $300 Can use Allegheny aid, federal aid (except work study and Tuition Exchange)
Independent Programs Paid directly by student to program/provider Paid directly by student to program/provider $800 No Allegheny aid available, certain federal and state aid may transfer
EL Seminars Pay on a per credit basis for a 2 or 4 credit EL Tuition fee includes tuition, housing, most meals, airfare, ground transportation, int’l emergency medical insurance N/A Some internal grants available. No institutional or federal aid available, some private loans possible.

External Funding

In addition to your regular financial aid package, there are many scholarships available to help offset the costs of a semester off-campus.  Some awards are specifically for Allegheny College students, others are nationally competitive scholarships. For example, if you receive the Pell Grant, then you’re automatically eligible to apply for the Gilman Scholarship when studying abroad.  The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is another scholarship whose mission is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the U.S. study abroad population. FEA makes life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting students of color and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs. For assistance applying for external scholarships, contact Dr. Patrick Jackson, Assistant Dean for Fellowship Advising.

For more information on scholarships for study away programs, see:

Allegheny Scholarships External Funding Opportunities