Billing & Finances
Home School Tuition Policy for Off-Campus Study
Students will pay Colorado College tuition when studying off-campus for a semester or a year, instead of paying the actual tuition cost assessed by the program or university abroad (sometimes also called "educational costs" by the program). This applies to all students, whether the tuition for the program or university abroad is more than Colorado College's tuition or less than Colorado College's tuition. This tuition structure is designed to make off-campus study available to all our undergraduates and is similar to the policy of many selective liberal arts colleges.
Instead of paying Colorado College room & board for the semester or year abroad, since you will not be living on campus or eating meals at CC, you will instead be charged the room & board costs/program fee of the study abroad program you have chosen. You can obtain the program fee / room and board information on the website for the program or university abroad you have chosen, as this amount varies widely based on the local cost of living, and on what is included through that program fee (field trips, travel, insurance, etc). The program website will have details on what their program fee covers, as well as details about any additional non-invoiced cost estimates for items like airfare (if not included), personal spending money, cell phone, and other expenses a student could expect for the semester or year abroad.
Students with financial aid approved to participate in off-campus study will continue to be eligible for this support, in the same proportion of coverage that they receive while studying on campus at Colorado College. There are additional expenses to consider and budget for when studying abroad, including airfare, passport and visa fees, immunizations, meals (if not included in program fee), textbooks, independent travel, and personal expenses. These are all considered in calculating your total cost of attendance for your semester abroad, and taken into consideration when calculating your aid award. You may use the Aid & Cost Calculation Worksheet for assistance in designing a budget for your study abroad and calculating total cost of attendance. Financial aid is also often available directly from our off-campus study partners in the form of merit and need-based scholarships, and students should explore all these options well in advance, as well as applying for outside scholarships for study abroad.
Home School Tuition FAQs:
Q: How will I be billed for a semester off-campus?
A: You will receive your Colorado College bill at the same time you normally do (early August for fall semester and early January for spring semester). Your student account will be charged Colorado College tuition, and the program fee (also sometimes called "room & board") billed to Colorado College by the off-campus study program.
If you choose to sign up for any classes as part of your off-campus semester that carry any additional course fees for things like excursions or field trips or materials, this is not covered in the standard tuition the program charges, and you will be invoiced separately and directly for the additional course fees by the program if you choose to take that class. Make sure to review the information your program sends you about any optional courses you can take and associated fees.
Q: My off-campus study program charges a deposit to accept my placement on the program. Who pays the deposit?
A: You will pay the deposit directly to your off-campus study program at the time you accept your placement in the program. It is essential that you pay this deposit on time so that you do not lose your place on the program. This deposit will be reflected as a credit on your CC student account, as well.
Q: How is financial aid awarded for off-campus semester programs?
A: Students with financial aid approved to participate in off-campus study will have their financial aid package reviewed by the Financial Aid Office for the semester or year that they will be off-campus. The total aid amount will be adjusted based on the total cost of attendance for the program the student is participating in. Students may be eligible for additional loan funds to help with the additional costs of the program, if applicable.
Q: Are there additional scholarships for off-campus study?
A: Yes, scholarships are available from a variety of sources, including off-campus study programs, the federal government, and independent organizations. The Office of International Programs lists many of these scholarships on our website, and students should always check with the program they are interested in applying to. Students should consider their scholarship options as they are applying to their program, and should apply early for these scholarships, as many have earlier deadlines than the program application deadline itself. If a student receives a Pell Grant, some off-campus study programs will also match the amount of the Pell Grant award as an additional scholarship.
Q: Can I take a leave of absence and transfer back my off-campus study credits?
A: No. All off-campus study for academic credit towards your Colorado College degree needs to go through the approval process of the Office of International Programs. No academic credit can be transferred back to Colorado College otherwise.
Q: I am participating in a BLOCK course that is taught abroad by a Colorado College faculty member during the academic year. Will my financial aid apply?
A: Yes. There is no additional tuition for a block off-campus during the academic year. There is a program fee for each block that may include costs such as lodging, food, field trips, entry fees, etc. If you currently receive need-based financial aid at Colorado College you are eligible to apply for an additional off-campus block award to help defray the cost of the program fee. The application window for these additional awards is open for a short time prior to pre-registration in spring semester.
Q: I am participating in a Colorado College Summer Session off-campus course. Will my financial aid apply?
A: Summer blocks off-campus have both a tuition charge and a program fee.
Tuition: Colorado College students receive one summer Wildcard. The Wildcard is equal to exactly one unit (one block) of Summer Session tuition. Any additional full or partial units will be billed to your student account. The Wildcard does not apply to program fees nor can it be used for independent study courses.
Program fee: This may include costs such as lodging, food, field trips, entry fees, etc. If you currently receive need-based financial aid at Colorado College you are eligible to apply for an additional off-campus summer block award to help defray the cost of the program fee. The application window for these additional awards is open for a short time in December and January.