»Costs and Financial Aid

Students participating on semester and academic year abroad programs through the Center for Global Education at Chapman University pay Chapman tuition, room, and (sometimes) board. The most updated costs are available at the Business Office. Additionally a $500 Study Abroad Fee applies. This fee is waived for Fall applicants only.

+-Student Costs & Billing

Chapman students pay Chapman tuition, room, and (sometimes) board through the Chapman Business Office for any semester or academic year abroad program. The room fees are based on a double room fee at Chapman. Students are only billed for a meal plan if a meal plan is offered with the program. The benefit is that by remaining enrolled at Chapman while abroad, you can continue to utilize Chapman institutional aid for All Aid programs as well as Federal and State financial aid for all programs (see next section). Students will also receive Chapman credit and grades for the semester(s) they are abroad.

In addition to tuition, housing and meals (where applicable), Chapman fees include many services provided by the host program or institution, such as comprehensive health insurance, an in-country orientation, cultural activities, field trips, etc. Each program varies somewhat and students should refer to their specific program materials and websites for information on what their program covers.

Since you will be billed by the Chapman Business Office for your semester abroad for everything included, just as if you’re taking classes in Orange, you should NOT pay program fees directly to your study program (e.g. AIFS, Arcadia, Athena, Semester at Sea, Temple). Any fees for tuition, room, or housing in an individual program provider catalog or websites are not relevant to Chapman students.

Special Note for Housing and Meals Billing:

  • Housing fees for study abroad students are based on the double room dormitory rate at Chapman for that semester. Therefore, for those programs that have a range of choices in housing, students opting for more expensive accommodation (i.e. a single room-as requested, outer cabin with porthole, etc.) will be expected to cover the difference between the standard and higher cost option.
  • If you are charged for a meal plan and do not receive one as part of your program abroad, we will reverse the Chapman meal plan fee on your account if you convey this information in writing (e-mail) to the Center for Global Education.
  • Conversely, if you are not billed a meal plan by Chapman and you select to add on optional or supplemental meal plan provided by the program, you will need to pay these fees directly to the program provider.

Withdrawal Policy:

Chapman students will be held to their program provider or host institution's refund policies in the event that they select to withdraw or are withdrawn by staff due to eligibility reasons after they have been accepted. View the refund policies on our website by program.

+-Applying Financial Aid & Scholarships

Chapman students may apply some or all of their financial aid on semester and academic year programs. Programs fall under two categories of the level of aid applicability:

All Aid programs allow Chapman students to utilize their entire financial aid package, including Federal, State, and Chapman funding (with the exception of work/study, tuition exchange funds, tuition discount funds, and Chapter 33 VA Bill).

Federal and State Aid Only programs allow students to apply only Federal and State financial aid (with the exception of work/study, tuition exchange funds, tuition discount funds, and Chapter 33 VA Bill) and continue to pay their regular Chapman University comprehensive fee. If a student with Chapman aid goes on a Federal and State Aid Only program, their Chapman aid will be reinstated when they return back to campus as long as they meet the eligibility requirements.

The application of financial aid to the Chapman University tuition, room, and board bill will be conducted in-house through Financial Aid. Students are responsible for any outstanding balances.

In addition to financial aid, there are a variety of outside study abroad scholarship opportunities available. Please note these scholarships have various deadlines and award methods and must be arranged independently with the scholarship provider.

+-Program and Housing Deposits

Students on particular programs MAY incur a program deposit fee and MAY incur a refundable housing deposit fee which are paid directly to the program provider prior to departure to the host country. Please contact the Center for Global Education if you have a question about a deposit.

+-Flights

Flights are purchased independently and are not including in Chapman University billing. Some students will have the option to book group flights via their programs. In those cases, costs should be paid directly to the program. It is recommended you wait until your official acceptance from the program before purchasing a flight.

Chapman University will provide free airfare for students accepted to Anglo American University in Prague and Reutlingen University ESB Business School in Germany! Please inquire for more details.

+-Other Possible Expenses

Additional expenses such as, but not limited to: passport, visa, textbooks, extra lab or course fees, extracurricular activities, etc. are not covered in the Chapman University billing fees and are the responsibility of the student. 

If you pursue an independent study, reading and conference or online course while abroad in conjunction with a Chapman University faculty member or through the Orange or Brandman campuses you will be assessed an overload fee.

+-Budgeting

Study Abroad Budget Worksheets are available to download or in hard copy in the CGE office to help students budget for additional costs. Use these guide to determine an estimate of the total cost for study abroad before you go and while abroad.

In addition, Go Overseas has developed the "Ultimate Student Guide to Financing Your Life Abroad" e-book available for free download. Learn tips on how to budget and save up for study abroad, forms of money to use while abroad, handling money emergencies and scams while abroad, and budgeting for cell phone use while abroad.

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