Payments and Financial Aid

Mandatory Fees

Students participating in an Education Abroad program are required to pay a Study Abroad Administrative Fee. The fee is $300 dollars per semester and $20 dollars per week for short-term programs. In addition, all students are required to have comprehensive international health insurance while participating in an Education Abroad program. If health insurance is not included in the student’s program, CIE will enroll them into UMW’s current policy. The cost for comprehensive health insurance is approximately $44 dollars per month for longer programs as well as semester and year-long programs.  For short term programs (three weeks or less), the cost for comprehensive health insurance is approximately $14 per week.  Both the Study Abroad fee and Health Insurance fee will be billed to the student’s UMW account.

Education Abroad Program Payments

All students participating in an Education Abroad program will submit payments directly to the foreign university or education abroad provider,  with the exception of students participating in UMW’s Exchange Programs (Lingnan University – Hong Kong, University of Erfurt – Germany, MICEFA – France, and Universita Cattolica – Italy).  For most exchange programs, students pay tuition to UMW; however, for students participating in the Hong Kong program, they also pay housing (double occupancy) to UMW.  The mandatory study abroad fee and health insurance fee (if applicable) are billed to the student’s UMW acccount.

Students who participate in the Virginia529 prePAID program (formerly the VPEP or Virginia Prepaid Education Program) must notify CIE prior to applying to a study abroad program.  CIE must make arrangements on your behalf to be the school of billing in order to utilize Virginia529 prePAID funds.  Your Virginia529 prePAID funds will cover ONLY the equivalent of UMW tuition.  Students are responsible for paying the difference between total program cost and the amount Virginia529 prePAID covers, plus the mandatory study abroad fee, a wiring fee, and the cost of international health insurance.

Payments for UMW Faculty-Led Programs

All students participating in UMW Faculty-led Programs will submit payments as directed on the Faculty-Led Program website.

Financial Aid for Study Abroad

The financial aid programs available for summer and semester study abroad include Federal Pell Grant, Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Parent Loans (PLUS), Alternative Loans, as well as scholarships and grants.   To apply for financial aid for study abroad, click here.

Study Abroad Scholarships

CIE offers many scholarship opportunities to support Education Abroad. Visit our Scholarship Page for more information.