The MSU Student Accounts Office will bill you for the program (see below) and tuition for three (3) credit hours as part of your 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. For MSU tuition rates please see the Controller's web site.
A $100 program application fee is required. You will receive an electronic bill (e-bill) from the MSU Student Accounts Office for the application fee, which is applied toward the program fee and is non-refundable once you accept admission into the seminar. E-bills will go to your MSU e-mail account, unless you have put additional e-mails into the system. If you are denied admission into the seminar, you will receive a full refund of the $100 application fee.
Once you have accepted admission into the program, you will be billed a non-refundable and non-transferable $200 deposit. This deposit will be posted and due on your student account and must be paid by the due date indicated on the e-bill. This fee will also be applied to the program fee. If the application and/or acceptance fees have not been paid by the due dates indicated on the e-bills, you will accrue monthly late charges until the bill is paid in full.
All MSU bills are handled electronically, and MSU will send an email to you about these and other fees. To view your financial information, please see the Student Information site. You have the option of having bills sent to parents or guardians, in addition to yourself.
The remaining program fee—the amount noted below minus the previously-paid $100 application and $200 acceptance fees—will be billed with the fall semester tuition bill. You can get important information about billing schedules, financial aid, and registration policies from MSU. In general, MSU sets its tuition and fee costs in July, with bills going out toward the end of that month.
The program fee typically includes the following:
Amounts not included in the program fee for which you will need to budget include:
*Check the Controller's web site for current tuition, fees and taxes.
You should bring enough money to cover additional meals and personal expenses (e.g., snacks, tourist visits, souvenirs, etc.). How much spending money you should bring 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.
You should also consult with your program leaders about the most appropriate ways to carry money abroad. In most countries, an ATM and debit card is the best way to access money. However, you decide to manage your spending money, we highly recommend that you have back-up options. In other words, you should have at least two methods of transporting money abroad (e.g., a credit card and an ATM or an ATM and cash).
If using electronic forms of money, we recommend that you apply for your debit and/or credit cards early and use them prior to departure to ensure that they work. You should also contact your banks and creditors to report your plans to travel abroad. Some banks will freeze accounts when a credit card or ATM card is suddenly used overseas. Also, funds for debit and ATM cards should be held in a checking account for access overseas.
If bringing cash, be aware that bank and exchange service hours can be limited in other countries, and due to travel time, these services may not be immediately available upon your arrival. You will need to consult with your faculty leaders if you need to access a bank or exchange service upon arrival. Please note that we do not recommend that you bring large amounts of cash/currency overseas.
Students participating on an FSA program may be eligible for some awards created just for these programs:
Depending on funding, the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education (APUE), Office of Financial Aid, Honors College, and the Office of Study Abroad (OSA) offer a limited number of scholarships specifically for eligible FSA participants (see below).
In all cases, to be eligible for the award a student must be (1) admitted to MSU with their deposit paid, (2) have submitted their 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 student's "My Study Abroad" portal.
**Please note: it may take several weeks after the deadline to select the recipients of these awards.**
Financial assistance is available when students make appropriate arrangements with MSU's offices of Study Abroad and Financial Aid. Students who need assistance should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options for financing the programs.
Financial aid is typically disbursed 10 days prior to the beginning of each semester (please note that, 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 a student's account, with any surpluses refunded to the student.
For more information on financial aid and scholarships, please see the following:
Program fees, dates and arrangements are subject to change, due to unforeseen considerations.Back to top