Program Costs

Students participating in an approved St. Lawrence University Off-Campus program remain enrolled at St. Lawrence, receive St. Lawrence credit and financial aid, and pay regular St. Lawrence University comprehensive fees. The student’s comprehensive fee paid to St. Lawrence covers tuition, room and board, and program-integrated field components on any approved off-campus program.

Where an off-campus program is operated by an organization other than St. Lawrence, the student pays regular comprehensive fees to St. Lawrence, and St. Lawrence pays fees for the student’s participation in the program directly to the program provider.  Fees paid by St. Lawrence to the program provider may be more or less than an individual student’s fees paid to St. Lawrence, depending on the student’s financial aid status and amount charged by the program.  St. Lawrence’s policy is meant to ensure that tuition, room, and board charges to any student are the same on any approved off-campus program as they would be on-campus, so that students can choose among a wide range of off-campus opportunities based on academic interest, knowing that their semester fees to St. Lawrence will be the same.

For students receiving financial aid, normal financial aid is applied during participation in an approved off-campus program. Students may contact the Financial Aid Office for information about additional loans for extra costs associated with studying off-campus.

Student comprehensive fees paid to St. Lawrence do not cover:

  • transportation to the program. An airfare assistance form is included in the acceptance packet to assist with international flight costs. Students must have a current financial aid form on file to qualify.  In most cases, students must pay the first $750 of the airfare;
  • passport;
  • ​visa;
  • books;
  • immunizations;
  • independent travel;
  • additional required health insurance.

A non-refundable first payment of $500 is to be made upon acceptance. The remaining sum must be paid upon receipt of bills from St. Lawrence University. Participants in the program will have incurred responsibility for the full cost once they have formally accepted enrollment. Refunds will be made in accordance with the policy outlined in the St. Lawrence catalog, minus any money that has been paid out on behalf of the student.

The Center for International and Intercultural Studies (CIIS) has information from past participants on how much money they spent studying abroad, advice on how to save money and suggestions on what to pack and what to leave behind.

Students can apply for additional financial support from CIIS.  Applicants must complete the Additional Financial Aid form available in the online application by November 5 for Spring programs and April 5 for Fall/Year programs.

Applications for airfare assistance are found in the online application once the student is accepted to the program. Assistance is based on financial need.