Funding Study Abroad

Home School Tuition Model
In order to give all students, not only those who can afford it, access to study abroad, Lasell uses a home tuition model for semester abroad programs. Lasell students studying abroad for a semester pay tuition, fees, room and board to Lasell, and Lasell pays the study abroad program for their fees. Financial aid is awarded as if the student is on campus full-time and living in residence. Institutional (Lasell) financial aid as well as state and federal aid is available on the same basis.

This approach makes the study abroad experience more easily available to all students, regardless of their family’s financial position. Financial aid is provided to a majority of students at Lasell to ensure that ability to pay does not limit their educational opportunities. Because we see the study abroad experience as an integral part of the educational experience at Lasell, we believe that the same principle should apply to studying abroad. Lasell follows this model in the spirit of equity and basic fairness, making it possible for all students to study abroad.

Additional Fees
Many study abroad programs include services and excursions in their fees that would not typically be covered by Lasell tuition. In these instances, the fees are passed along to the student. Examples of additional fees that may be passed along to a student include but are not limited to: an application fee, a housing damage deposit, international insurance fees, optional excursion fees, visa fees, and international airfare. For more information on estimated additional fees for a specific study abroad program, please email

$500 Non-Refundable Study Abroad Deposit and Administrative Fee
Students participating in a Lasell semester study abroad program are required to make a $500 non-refundable study abroad deposit to confirm their intent to study abroad in the following semester. This deposit covers the corresponding $500 Study Abroad Administrative Fee. The Study Abroad Administrative Fee will be implemented starting with the Fall 2016 study abroad students, and replaces deposits and other additional payments that students formerly paid directly to their study abroad program. Under the new, more transparent system, all Lasell study abroad students pay the same $500 fee, at the same time, to avoid unanticipated payments at a later date.

Upon receipt of acceptance notification from Lasell International Services, students will be given approximately 2 weeks to pay their Study Abroad Deposit. The $500 deposit is non-refundable under all circumstances, and represents a firm commitment to study abroad.

Every student receives services covered by the Study Abroad Administrative Fee, such as advising on study abroad options, advising on details related to the host institution and country, assistance with program application procedures, faculty review of courses, pre-departure resource tools, pre-departure orientation, use of office resources, and transcript processing.

Study Abroad Scholarships
Lasell College does not offer scholarships specific to study abroad. However, many of Lasell's affiliated study abroad partners do!  Scholarships are also available through several outside funding sources. Scholarships for study abroad vary from as little as $300 to as much as $10,000.  All students who apply for study abroad are given information about study abroad scholarships and are all strongly encouraged to apply. Unless otherwise stated, all scholarship money is awarded directly to the student to be used toward any study abroad related expense.  For more information about study abroad scholarships, please email

Tuition Exchange and Tuition Waiver Benefits 
Tuition exchange and tuiton waiver benefits do not apply to any semester in which a student studies abroad. 

Financial Resources for Study Abroad Students
There are plenty of resources to help students plan for anticipated expenses associated with studying abroad.  Here are just a few to get you started:

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