Financial Considerations for Global Education
Tufts Programs Abroad
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 housing and food for your program, and billed normally through eBill.
The total program cost each semester is equivalent to standard tuition, double room, Premium meal plan charges, and half student fees. 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. For more details on Tufts University's Cost of Attendance, please consult Financial Services' Direct and Indirect Costs for Undergraduate Students.
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).
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.
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 cover the administrative expenses associated with studying at institutions both in the United States and abroad, all students participating in an education abroad program will incur a fee of $1,800 when their leave of absence request is processed. Please note that the fee is subject to change annually.
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.
Note: To transfer earned course credit to their Tufts’ degree, students must be in good standing at the start of their education abroad program and for its duration.
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.
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
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.
Application Deadlines: early March for summer, fall, or full-year; early October for spring
Freeman-ASIA Scholarship Program
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.
Application Deadlines: early March for summer; early April for fall or full-year; mid-October for spring
Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) Scholarships
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
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:
Note: These types of independent non-Tufts websites and corresponding search engines are neither sponsored nor affiliated with Tufts University.