International Studies & Programs

Costs and Funding

Seminar Costs

There are three types of costs associated with Freshman Seminars Abroad:

  1. Tuition: All students will pay for three (3) credits (UGS 102, counted for fall semester) billed at the normal MSU rate for the student.  Credit will count toward your GPA and graduation requirements. The money paid in tuition supports your field experiences and books.
  2. Program Fee:  The program fee will vary for each seminar and typically includes the following:
    • pre-and post-departure orientation meetings, food, and housing
    • books and academic resources;
    • airfare and transportation from MSU to the departure airport (some programs include transportation back to the MSU campus);
    • accommodation on-site;
    • admissions and transportation to all field experiences;
    • at least one (1) meal per day (check seminar webpage for more details); and
    • accident and sickness insurance

See each webpage for more detailed cost information for individual seminars.

3. Additional costs: These are costs that are not included in the program fee, such as the cost of a passport, visa (if needed), as well as spending money for souvenirs and additional meals. How much spending money you should budget for depends on you and the location of the program. Surveys of past participants suggest that most students spend $500–$1,000 during the program. Since this is quite a range, you should talk with your program faculty about any special considerations for your destination.

The MSU Student Accounts Office will bill for the program fee and tuition as part of the fall tuition bill. The tuition rates are set by the University and will reflect the same rate you pay for on-campus credits during the fall semester. See MSU tuition rates for details.

All MSU bills are handled electronically, and MSU will send an email about these and other fees. To view your financial information, please see StuInfo.

Scholarships

Depending on funding, the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education (APUE), Office of Financial Aid, Honors College, and the Office for Education Abroad offer a limited number of scholarships specifically for eligible FSA participants (see below).

In all cases, to be eligible for the award you must be (1) admitted to MSU with your deposit paid, (2) have submitted your application to an FSA program, and (3) have on file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at the MSU Financial Aid Office. These scholarship applications must be submitted online, using the "My Study Abroad" portal.

  1. Awards funded through the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education (APUE) and Office of Financial Aid are designated for Pell grant eligible students who have demonstrated high financial need based on their FAFSA. Award amounts depend on funding and range from $500 to the full cost of the program in very limited cases. The deadline for the APUE awards is June 8, 2018 for summer programs. Awards are made on a rolling basis until funding runs out (i.e., we will continue to review students' needs past the deadline as long as funding exists).
  2. Awards funded through the Office for Education Abroad (EA) are for $250 and require you to have both high academic merit and demonstrate financial need. The deadline for EA awards is June 8, 2018 for summer programs.
  3. The MSU Honors College offers a limited number of awards for FSA participants who are also Honors College students. Scholarships will be awarded by the Honors College to the first eligible students who register for each program, so apply early! Scholarships vary in the amount and number awarded based on funding. Awards are made on a rolling basis until funding runs out.

NOTE: It may take several weeks after the deadline to select the recipients of these awards.

Other financial assistance may be available you make appropriate arrangements with MSU's offices of Education Abroad and Financial Aid. If you need assistance, contact fsabroad(at)msu.edu to discuss options for financing the programs.

Financial aid is typically disbursed 10 days prior to the beginning of each semester. (Please note, even though FSAs take place during the summer, they are considered fall semester programs and federal financial aid will not be disbursed until 10 days prior to the beginning of fall semester.) Monies obtained from aid and scholarships are credited against your account, with any surpluses refunded to you.

See Cost and Funding for more details.

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