Program costs and financial aid

All faculty-led summer study abroad programs are direct costs only (4 or 6 credits discounted at 50%, airfare, housing and meals, in-country transportation, excursions, international health insurance, cultural and academic activities, guest lectures, etc.). The program fee is listed in the relevant course brochure and also in your acceptance letter.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans. Contact Northwestern's financial aid office for more information. If you are intending to use a loan to finance your summer study abroad program, you should start the application process as soon as possible after acceptance into the program. Approval of the loan must be received by the program payment deadline, which is May 1 of each year. If your program is not paid in full by the deadline, your participation in the program may be jeopardized.

Students studying off campus or abroad through Northwestern College remain fully registered at NWC and receive direct NWC credit for coursework. You will pay regular Northwestern College tuition, room and board charges, and Northwestern College then pays the fee to the program. Please note that the costs for some affiliated programs may be higher than NWC's fee. The difference in price is your responsibility. Expenses for outdoor gear, airfare, international insurance, books, etc., are in most cases in addition to the program fee. Please see the relevant program descriptions for the most up-to-date fees and charges.

Students who have been accepted into an approved NWC off-campus or study abroad program are eligible to use all of their government-funded financial aid as if they were in residence on campus. The amount of NWC institutional financial aid, scholarships and grants that may be used for study abroad and off-campus study varies according to the program category and whether study abroad is required for your major. More info

You are encouraged to meet with your study abroad or off-campus program adviser and financial aid counselor as you plan your off-campus or study abroad semester and/or as soon as you have been accepted into a program. There are financial aid options available to semester abroad participants, and staff in the global education and financial aid offices will be able to provide you with information about additional sources that may be available on and off campus as well as information about which sources are most appropriate in each case.