Students on financial aid can apply much if not all of their aid to study abroad programs. Once accepted to a specific study abroad program, the financial aid recipient student is required to complete the Financial Aid Information for Study Abroad Programs. This form and documentation of the estimated expenses is first submitted to IPO for verification, and then submitted to the Financial Aid Office. Then watch your COIN account for changes and/or adjustments to your Financial Aid record. While additional money is not awarded for study abroad, students frequently qualify for a higher cap on the amount they can borrow at low student loan interest rates.
Once you receive your financial aid award letter you must contact the Bursars Office and alert them as to how you want your funds disbursed from the University to pay for the international program. Students are encouraged to set-up Direct Deposit (see instructions in online student account in COIN). Funds will not be released until approx. 10 days after the start of the UMass Dartmouth semester corresponding with the semester you are abroad.
Study Abroad Status
All students who participate in study abroad will be registered by the International Programs Office for EXH ("away on exchange") status as a placeholder to show continuing status and the right to apply any pre-approved credits earned to their UMassD transcript.
All students who participate in study abroad will be billed a separate $250 study abroad fee (with the exception of participants in the Hessen program who will be charged a "Hessen fee".)
For programs requiring a deposit, please telephone the UMass Dartmouth Enrollment Center with a credit card number to make payment. All Faculty-led and Exchange programs (including Hessen) require a non-refundable deposit of $250 to confirm participation. Deposit becomes due immediately upon notice of eligibility from the IPO (this goes towards the overall price of the program.)
If preferred, a check may be mailed to the address below. (Any non-UMass Dartmouth student should first telephone the International Programs Office first to request a non-degree student registration form to accompany the check payment.)
285 Old Westport Road
N. Dartmouth MA 02747
Once formal acceptance to a UMass Dartmouth program has been received, payment is due in full. Any Travel Program Fee is non-refundable; Tuition portions of a study abroad program follow standard UMass Dartmouth tuition refund policies. (For third-party provider programs, refer to that organization's policies.)
UMass Dartmouth study abroad program tuition and fees will appear on the student COIN account; this includes both exchange programs and faculty-led programs. The Travel Program Fee of faculty-led programs will appear as a separate item on the student account. Plan to pay any outstanding balance to the UMass Dartmouth Enrollment Center by November 30 for Winter and Spring programs, or by April 30 for Summer and Fall programs.
The UMass Dartmouth study abroad course cancellation policy is as follows:
- $250 program deposit – non-refundable (unless student is not accepted or program does not run). Due immediately upon IPO's notification that a student is eligible to participate.
- The travel portion is due in full within 30 days of formal acceptance to program and is also non-refundable.
UMass Dartmouth is a commitment partner in the Generation Study Abroad effort to double the number of US students studying abroad. You may search the Generation Study Abroad scholarship database here.
Click here for more information on study abroad scholarships.
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