Tufts Programs Abroad

Tufts Students 

If you attend a Tufts Programs Abroad, you will be billed directly by Tufts and therefore remain eligible to receive all Tufts aid awarded. You will be charged tuition and a Comprehensive Fee that covers full room and board for your program, and billed normally through eBill

The total program cost each semester is equivalent to standard tuition, double room, and Premium meal plan charges. If your aid happens to exceed your total charges and there is a credit on your student account, you can request a refund at the start of the semester.

Tufts Programs Abroad participants are responsible for arranging and paying for their own international round-trip transportation costs (with the exception of the Chile, China, and Ghana programs) and the costs associated with obtaining a student visa (with the exception of the China and Ghana programs).

Non-Tufts Students

Applicants from other institutions are not eligible for financial aid from Tufts University and should apply for aid or loans through their own college or university. Additional outside funding may be available; please see Scholarships, Grants, and Other Funding Opportunities below. 

 

External Programs

If you attend an approved External Program whose courses will apply towards the Tufts degree, you only retain eligibility for Federal Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loan, and state scholarship funding in your financial aid award. Any Tufts aid (including National Merit scholarships) will be canceled for the semester you are in the non-Tufts program. You will not pay Tufts tuition, room, or board to participate in an External Program; instead, you will pay your program directly for all costs.

In order for the Financial Aid Office to determine exact aid eligibility and disburse your funds, in addition to a completed aid application you must also submit a Consortium Agreement completed by you and the non-Tufts program. The Consortium Agreement will allow for the release of federal funds to your student account. All federal and state funds must be administered by Tufts. You may apply for private funding through your non-Tufts program, but must report the funding on the Consortium Agreement.

You should not assume that all funds will be available when your bill from the other institution is due. You may contact your aid counselor for guidance with billing issues.

Study Elsewhere Fee

To meet the costs of administrative procedures connected with study at other institutions (both in the United States and abroad) all students studying elsewhere will be charged a fee of $1,400 at the time that the leave of absence is processed. Students will not be charged this fee to attend Tufts Programs Abroad; students receiving need-based financial aid will also not be charged this fee.

Tufts Tuition Prepayment Option

Study abroad students who are participating in the Tufts Tuition Prepayment Option may request that the money paid to Tufts University be paid to the institution they will attend. Regulations governing how prepaid funds can be used are available from the Bursar’s Office.

Learn More about Finances for External Study Abroad Contact Your Financial Aid Counselor

 

    Scholarships, Grants, and Other Funding Opportunities

    There are various sources of outside funding available for study abroad; some are broadly applicable to a variety of students, while others have a very specific academic focus or a more narrowly-defined target population. Here are some of the more broadly-applicable funding opportunities:

    Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

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    The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. The program aims to encourage students to choose non-traditional study abroad destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe and Australia, and to support students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds, and students with disabilities.

    Eligibility: Students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application or during the time they are studying abroad and cannot be studying abroad in a country currently under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or in Cuba.

    Application Deadlines: early March for summer, fall, or full-year; early October for spring 

    Learn More about the Gilman Scholarship

    Freeman-ASIA Scholarship Program

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    Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia) is designed to support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.

    Eligibility: Freeman-ASIA accepts applications from U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying at the undergraduate level at a two-year or four-year college or university who demonstrate financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.

    Application Deadlines: early March for summer; early April for fall or full-year; mid-October for spring

    Learn More about Freeman-ASIA

    Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) Scholarships

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    The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) offers both general and dedicated scholarships for study abroad to U.S. citizens, including the Rainbow Scholarship for LGBT students and the BASAA Scholarship for students attending New England colleges and universities. 

    Application Deadlines: mid-January for the upcoming academic year

    Learn More about Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships

    Additional Funding Opportunities 

    In addition to the funding opportunities highlighted above, many study abroad program providers have scholarships and grants available for students attending their programs (e.g., CIEE, IES, IFSA, SFS, SIT, etc.). If you will be attending an external program, check with your program provider to learn about any potential funding that may be available to you. 

    You may also wish to browse the following scholarship and grant databases:

    MoneyGeek Article: Funding Your Study Abroad 
    Diversity Abroad Go Overseas GoAbroad.com StudyAbroad.com

    Note: These types of independent non-Tufts websites and corresponding search engines are neither sponsored nor affiliated with Tufts University.