Financial Aid and Billing
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Current Policy for all Colorado College students who have matriculated before July 1, 2015
(your ID number starts with a 14XXXX or lower):
Colorado College will provide the same proportion of financial aid received at CC to follow students on all semester or year-long off-campus study programs that the College offers or approves: Colorado College semesters abroad, Exchange programs, ACM programs, and all Approved (third-party) programs. Students pay Colorado College the actual program costs for any off-campus study program that is on the college's list of off-campus study options. For students receiving aid, the Colorado College grants and scholarships will follow in the same proportion to the student's current CC grants and scholarships. For example, if Colorado College grants and scholarships typically provide 50% of a student's total cost of attendance at CC, the CC grants and scholarships will continue to provide the same proportion toward the revised actual cost of attendance of any program that costs less or the same as the same term of study at CC. If the off-campus program costs more than the CC does, then the College will not provide more than it would have to attend CC for that same academic duration. If you currently receive financial aid at CC, you should complete this Calculation Worksheet before meeting with your financial aid counselor, to figure out how much aid you are likely to receive towards your chosen off-campus study program. Schedule a meeting with the Financial Aid Office for additional review and information specific to your award package.
CC Blocks Off-Campus: Please visit the Blocks Off-Campus page.
CC Summer Blocks Off-Campus: Please visit the Summer Blocks Off-Campus page.
All billing and payment for off-campus study are handled through your CC Student Account, with the exception of the initial confirmation deposit, for students participating in semester or year-long programs off-campus. Students are responsible for paying any confirmation deposit directly to the program (if this is a burden, and you receive financial aid from Colorado College, check with your CC Financial Aid advisor for options). Following the initial confirmation deposit, the tuition and program fee for your semester or year off-campus will be billed through your student account at CC, in accordance with the actual costs of the program. All CC programs and exchanges are billed CC tuition costs.
Administrative Fee for Off-Campus Study: When students study off-campus on Approved (third-party) programs, they are not paying any Colorado College tuition, however, many offices still provide support and services to these students. In order to defray some of the costs of these services, students studying abroad on Approved programs will be assessed a $300 administrative fee, charged to a student's account.
(For students who have matriculated at CC on or after July 1, 2015, with a student ID number starting with 15XXXX)
Students who begin their matriculation at Colorado College after July 1, 2015 (first year students, winter start students, transfer students) will be charged Colorado College tuition under the Home School Tuition Policy when studying off-campus for a semester or a year. 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.
Under the Home School Tuition Policy students will pay the same tuition whether studying at Colorado College or off-campus. Students will also pay the non-tuition program fees of the program they choose instead of Colorado College room and board. Off-campus study program fees vary by program and may include room and board, field trips, entry fees, etc.
Students are responsible for paying all other expenses associated with off-campus study including but not limited to roundtrip airfare, passport and visa fees, immunizations, meals (if not included in program fee), textbooks, independent travel, and personal expenses. There is no longer an assessed Administrative Fee for Off-Campus Study.
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 billed to Colorado College by the off-campus study program. You will not need to directly pay the off-campus study program (except for the deposit for securing your spot in the program).
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. In some instances, the total aid amount may be adjusted based on the total cost of the program (up to the total cost of a semester or year at CC). There are some programs that have a substantially higher living and miscellaneous cost than a semester or year at Colorado College, and the extra cost may not be fully covered by financial aid. Students who choose to attend one of these higher cost programs should seriously consider the amount of this additional expense. Students may be eligible for additional loan funds to help with the additional costs of the program.
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: 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.
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.
Director of International Programs
- Faculty-led blocks off-campus (primary)
- Semester programs off-campus
International Student Specialist
- F-1 immigration advising
- J-1 immigration advising
- Faculty-led blocks off-campus (secondary)