Funding Your Study Abroad Experience
At IFSA we believe in transparency. You need to fully understand the financial commitment of traveling abroad, so we won’t hide costs like books, local expenses, or airfare. Our “total cost of attendance” approach helps you and your family plan for expenses realistically. It also allows you to maximize your financial aid coverage, since we include essentials like guaranteed housing, health and emergency insurance, field study trips and the Butler University transcript in our comprehensive fees.
Studying abroad through IFSA offers real advantages to you. We make your study abroad experience easier to manage and more meaningful.
Here are just a few of the many items included in our programs:
- A full course load of 15 or 16 credits (per semester, unless otherwise noted)
- Butler University transcripts for easy credit transfer
- Guaranteed pre-arranged housing on and off campus
- Airport pickup for students arriving according to program specifications
- Program orientation (including accommodation, most meals, transportation, activities and materials) plus new student orientation at your host university
- Organized day and weekend trips, cultural activities, and social events
- Full medical insurance plan for all students and access to local medical facilities
- 24-hour health and safety abroad, emergency assistance and support from on-site IFSA staff
Scholarships and Financial Aid
We believe study abroad should be within the reach of every student and are committed to offering a wide range of scholarships and study abroad funding opportunities. From traditional scholarships to need-based aid, you will find lots of ways to make study abroad a reality.
Check out all our scholarships and financial aid programs.
Federal Financial Aid
You can actually apply most federal financial aid toward study abroad. This includes financial programs like Guaranteed Student Loans (GSL/Stafford), Pell Grants and Parent/PLUS Loans. Even students on the Post 9/11 GI Bill can generally use their tuition benefits to help cover the cost of study abroad for a term.
It’s important to talk to your financial aid officer and study abroad office early on to determine which scholarships, grants, loans and other tuition-assistance programs are transferable from your home university. Institutional aid like presidential or endowed scholarships may not apply, but you may be able to fill that gap with one of IFSA’s many scholarship and financial aid programs. As part of our scholarship determination process, please be prepared to send us your home campus award letter as outlined on the scholarship page.
Meet Our Team
Our Finance team is available to help answer any financial questions you may have.
Making Your Payment
We understand that your education is a major investment for you and your family, so we offer several payment options, including payment installments and credit card processing. Contact our Finance team for an individualized consultation on your options.
Defer your payment
Need to defer your payment? Work with your financial aid officer to complete and return this payment deferral form to us.
Make an online payment
Click here to make on online payment using a credit card.
Program Deposit and Refund Policies
A non-refundable advance program deposit of $500 (the “Program Deposit”) is required to secure position in an IFSA program. Students should pay the Program Deposit within ten days of receiving notification from IFSA of acceptance into the program. In some cases, the Program Deposit may be paid by the student’s home college or university, but it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the Program Deposit is paid. If the student withdraws from the program before the program fees are due, the $500 non-refundable Program Deposit is still payable to IFSA.
If a student withdraws from the program after the program fees are due but prior to the first day of the IFSA orientation in the host country, IFSA, in its sole discretion, will determine whether a refund is in order, and in any event, will exclude non-recoverable expenses as well as a $1,500 fee.
If a student withdraws from the program on or after the first day of the IFSA orientation in the host country, IFSA, in its sole discretion, will determine whether a refund is in order, and in any event, will only consider a refund if student has been diagnosed by a medical professional with a serious physical or mental illness or an emergency exists that requires the student to return to the United States or country of origin. Any such refund will exclude non-recoverable expenses as well as a $2,000 fee.