- Bryn Mawr College Financial Policy
- Financial Aid for Study Abroad
- Study Abroad Program Withdrawal Policies and Penalties
Tuition: All Bryn Mawr College students who study abroad pay Bryn Mawr tuition regardless of the tuition cost of the study abroad program. Students are responsible for paying room and board costs directly to the study abroad program. While studying abroad under the auspices of Bryn Mawr College, students are fully enrolled at Bryn Mawr College. Students abroad also make use of other resources here at Bryn Mawr, including faculty advising, fellowships advising, career counseling, etc. The credits earned from coursework abroad appear on their Bryn Mawr transcript and these credits allow students to make normal progress toward a Bryn Mawr degree.
Account balance at Bryn Mawr: Students must pay in full any outstanding balance on their student account before leaving for study abroad. If they do not pay the balance, the College will notify their study abroad program that their approval to study abroad has been rescinded. If the student nonetheless attends the program without paying the remaining balance, the student will be doing so independent of the College. The College will not pay the student’s study abroad tuition to the study abroad program; the student will receive no financial aid, and the student's academic credits will not transfer back to the College.
Study abroad room and board costs: Study abroad students are not charged Bryn Mawr College room and board. Students do not pay room and board to Bryn Mawr. Instead, students are responsible for paying room and board costs directly to the study abroad program.
Study abroad and external scholarships: If a student receives a scholarship from a study abroad program, it will be credited to the student’s Bryn Mawr College student account and it will reduce the amount of tuition the student needs to pay. Any outside scholarship received by a financial aid recipient will reduce a portion of their Bryn Mawr College Grant. For more information, please visit https://www.brynmawr.edu/financial-aid. Also, see the 2019-20 Financial Aid Handbook.
- The College does not pay program deposits on student’s behalf and does not reimburse students for payments students make for deposits.
- Students are responsible for paying all program deposits directly to study abroad programs. This may include application fees, admission deposits, and housing deposits. (See additional cost for study abroad)
- The program will credit students for the deposits they paid toward non-tuition fees, for example, housing fees.
- Please note that some programs say on their website that the deposit is applied to the tuition portion of the program fee. However, all approved programs that are in partnership with Bryn Mawr do not credit the deposit amount to the study abroad tuition invoice to Bryn Mawr.
- Students should contact program directly to get reimbursed or receive credit for the deposit amount paid.
Personal expenses: Students are responsible for personal expenses such as airfare, local transportation, health insurance, visa and passport fees, housing, meals and any optional academic programs before the program starts or after the program ends. Please refer to the Additional Costs in Study Abroad table below for more details.
Study abroad withdrawal fees and penalties: Some host universities and/or study abroad programs charge students large withdrawal fees if the students drop out of the study abroad program after a specified date. Students and families are responsible for paying all penalties and fines imposed by the program. The College does not absorb such fees on any student's behalf.
Delinquent payments abroad: Students are responsible for clearing all outstanding non-tuition program balances with their study abroad program. Programs will not issue a transcript until a student has submitted the final payment. Please address any such issues with the program and have a transcript sent to Bryn Mawr as soon as possible. Delay could jeopardize a student's enrollment at Bryn Mawr for the following semester and the student's ability to graduate on time.
Financial aid for study abroad is available to students who are eligible for assistance and who have been receiving financial aid during their first and second years. The College follows the federal guidelines for financial aid. In order to be eligible for financial aid, a student must complete and submit the required financial aid forms to the Office of Financial Aid no later than April 15. They also should indicate on the Bryn Mawr College application for study abroad that they are requesting financial aid. Students should contact the Office of Financial Aid if they have any questions at email@example.com or by phone at 610-526-5245.
Expenses not covered by Financial Aid award: Students are advised to consider the additional costs of study abroad early in the study abroad planning process. Students who are eligible for financial assistance and who have been receiving financial aid during their first and second years should consult the Office of Financial Aid if they have any questions. Financial aid staff can provide information about financial aid paperwork, address questions about a student's specific financial situation, and explain the types of aid that can be used for study abroad.
Costs Used to determine eligibility for aid from the College for students studying abroad:
|Bryn Mawr Tuition 2019-20||$26,590|
|Study Abroad Room and Board||varies by program up to Bryn Mawr maximum*|
|Travel While Abroad||Not Covered|
Transferrable aid for study abroad: Federal, state, and other forms of financial aid
- Pell grant
- Federal Direct Loans
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
- Plus loans
- State grants
- Private loans
Transferrable aid for study abroad: Bryn Mawr College grants and scholarships
- Merit grants (Merit grants are converted to a “JYA Trustee Scholarship.”)
- Bryn Mawr grants (Bryn Mawr grants get converted to a “JYA grant.”)
- BMC International Grant (International grants get converted to a “JYA International grant.”)
Nontransferable aid for study abroad: the following funds are not transferrable for study abroad.
- Bryn Mawr College campus employment
- Federal work study
Financial Aid and study abroad room and board payments: If the amount of a student's financial aid is greater than the charges on their Bryn Mawr College tuition bill, they will have a credit on their Bryn Mawr student account. The credit amount will be refunded to the student by direct deposit or a check will be mailed to the student’s home address. The student must use those funds directly to pay the study abroad program for room and board costs.
* For 2019-20 the Bryn Mawr College room and board charge is $8,550 per semester. When room and board fees charged by a program are less than Bryn Mawr's room and board charges, a financial aid recipient should expect their grant aid to be reduced. When room and board fees charged by a program are more than Bryn Mawr’s room and board, a financial aid recipient will only be awarded up to the maximum amount for room and board charged at Bryn Mawr.
When Financial Aid is Credited/Refunds: The financial aid refund can only be issued once a credit balance is created. Refunds should not be expected prior to the beginning of the normal Fall/Spring semester at the College because Federal Funds (e.g. Federal Direct Loans, Plus Loans, Pell Grants and, SEOG Grants) cannot be disbursed until the first day of classes at Bryn Mawr. At that point, refunds are processed based on the regular College refund schedule for on-campus students. If students need an advance on their refund to pay for their study abroad room and board costs, they must make special arrangements with Student Accounts no later than the end of the semester preceding their study abroad semester. For example, a student who will study abroad fall of their third year must make special arrangements for an advance on their refund no later than the end of the spring semester of their second year.
Some host universities and/or study abroad programs have very strict withdrawal policies and penalties. These policies vary by university and/or study abroad program. However, in general, students should expect to pay a large penalty for dropping out of their study abroad program after a specified date. Students and families are responsible for paying all penalties and fines imposed by the program. The College will not absorb any such fees on any student's behalf. The College will not refund any tuition that is not refunded to the College by the study abroad program. To avoid fines, penalties, and non-refundable tuition that result from late withdrawals, students and families are advised to communicate, as early as possible, directly with the study abroad program about the financial implications of withdrawing from the program.
Room and Board payments and withdrawal policies: Students pay room and board costs directly to the program, instead of to Bryn Mawr College. Some host universities and/or study abroad programs require large housing deposits, which the student may end up forfeiting if they withdraw after the date specified by the program. In addition, the program may impose a withdrawal fee, and also charge for the cost of the room and board. Students and families remain responsible for paying the fees to the program after withdrawal. The College will not absorb any such fees on any student’s behalf.
When a student withdraws from their study abroad program after Bryn Mawr College has paid their tuition to the study abroad program: Students pay Bryn Mawr tuition to Bryn Mawr College, which in turn pays the study abroad tuition to the program on the student's behalf. When a student withdraws from their study abroad program, after the withdrawal date specified by the program and after the College has paid the study abroad tuition to the program, the program may impose a withdrawal fee by withholding a portion or the entire amount that the College has paid on the student's behalf. The College will pass the withdrawal fee in this case onto the student. The study abroad tuition withdrawal fee will be posted on the student's Bryn Mawr Student Account. The student and their family will be responsible for paying all penalties and fines imposed by the program. The College will not absorb any fees on any student's behalf. The College will not refund any tuition that is not refunded to the College by the study abroad program.
When a student withdraws from their study abroad program before Bryn Mawr College pays their tuition to the study abroad program: Students pay Bryn Mawr tuition to Bryn Mawr College, which in turn pays the study abroad tuition to the program on the student's behalf. In the event that a student withdraws from their study abroad program, after the withdrawal date specified by the program but before the College has paid the study abroad tuition to the program, the student and their family will be responsible for paying all penalties and fines imposed by the program. This may include program tuition, room and board costs and withdrawal fees. The College will not absorb any fees on any student's behalf.