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Financial Planning


For each program type, there are specific cost considerations that may be very important in your study abroad planning. Please read the information provided at each of the below links very carefully, and do not hesitate to reach out to the Office of International & Off-Campus Education should you have any questions.

Semester with Lafayette Faculty-Led Programs
For detailed cost information, please visit this page.

Semester Affiliated Programs
For detailed cost information, please visit this page.

Interim Programs
For detailed cost information, please visit this page.


Financial Aid & Scholarships

Semester & Academic Year
For study abroad for a semester or academic year, any financial aid that a student receives for studying at Lafayette (with the exception of a work-study job and RA benefits) will automatically be applied to the study abroad program; the amount is capped at Lafayette’s cost. If the student receives an external scholarship from the affiliated program, the external scholarship will be considered as an Outside Scholarship and may reduce or eliminate the job and/or loan components of the student’s aid award in accordance with our Outside Scholarship Policy.

Under normal conditions, international students may apply their financial aid to a study abroad or off-campus study experience for only one semester. Exceptions may only be made in cases in which a student’s Lafayette curriculum requires additional study abroad (a petition with the Financial Aid Office, supported by relevant academic documentation, will be needed).
Please see the following pages for more information on costs associated with semester and academic year study abroad:

Interim and Summer
For Lafayette-Led interim and summer off-campus programs, every student who has successfully registered for an interim or summer program may be eligible for interim grant consideration. There is no separate application. A limited amount of financial support is available. Interim grants may range from a minimum of $1,000 up to a maximum of the specific program costs. Interim Grant amounts offered will be determined based on the specific program costs, level of need, remaining loan eligibility, and the number of eligible registrants. 

Due to limited funds, students will only be considered if they meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Currently receive institutional need-based aid in the form of Lafayette College Grant assistance, AND
  2. Have not previously studied abroad (either during an interim or a semester program), AND
  3. Register during the online registration window in Banner (usually mid-September, see Interim page for details) for a winter/summer abroad program.
The Office of Financial Aid will only send email notifications to students who are awarded an interim grant, indicating their specific interim grant amount, prior to the interim and summer non-refundable deposit deadline.

For more information on costs and financial aid associated with interim programs, please visit the Interim Programs page.

Internal Scholarships & Awards
Lafayette College awards the following internal scholarships and prizes every year. Students are nominated by their faculty for some of these awards, while they must apply for others. For more information about each award, click the award titles below.

David A. Portlock Study Abroad Memorial Prize

Study Abroad Good Citizenship Award  

External Scholarships, Fellowships, & Awards
There are also a number of prestigious and competitive external scholarships, fellowships, and grants available to students who want to study abroad. Listed below are all of the awards the Office of International & Off-Campus Education is aware of. For more information about each award, click the award titles below.

Affiliated Program Scholarships  

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
The Gilman - McCain Scholarship

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA)

The National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships

The Critical Language Scholarship

The German Academic Exchange Service

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships

The National Italian American Foundation Scholarships Program

Whitaker International Program

The St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia Scholarship – Scotland Study Abroad

Fund for Education Abroad

Hostelling International USA Explore the World Travel Scholarship Study & Intern Abroad Scholarship

British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX)

Diversity Abroad Overseas Ambassador Scholarship

The Bridging Scholarship Program

The Scholarship Heinrich J.Klein Foundation  

For more information about scholarships and fellowships, please contact the Office of Scholarships and Fellowships.