Finances and Funding

Bates Fall Semester Abroad (FSA) and Associated Kyoto Program (AKP) participants pay the full Bates single fee. All other students pay their respective program costs directly plus an off-campus study fee to Bates that is 7% of the single fee ($2335  per semester in 2017/2018). The off-campus study fee supports the work of the Center for Global Education, including the following services:

  • Providing students with information, advising, and research regarding Bates-approved programs prior to off-campus study;
  • Continuing academic and non-academic advising to each student while abroad;
  • Evaluating off-campus study credit; and
  • Offering programming and support for returning students following time off-campus.

The Center for Global Education, with our colleagues in Student Financial Services, support Bates’ equity promise by providing portability of financial aid resources for those studying abroad, ensuring that all students who choose to do so may study off-campus as a part of their Bates degree, regardless of family financial circumstances.

If you do not receive financial aid from Bates, you pay your program or university directly.  You do not pay the Bates single fee.  If you are enrolled with a tuition management system, contact them about temporarily suspending your participation.

If you receive Bates aid, the following web pages describe the financial aid process and policies with regard to off-campus study (NB: You must renew your FAFSA and College Profile applications by May 1, 2018):

Other Funding Sources:

  • Barlow Grants
  • The Barlow Endowment provides Pell Grant-eligible students with $500 grants to cover incidental expenses that are not included in Bates’ regular financial aid award.  The goal is to reduce student anxiety about extra expenses that often accompany study abroad.  This grant is not available if the study abroad program provides similar assistance.  Students do not apply for this grant; the Office of Global Education will contact eligible students directly.

We encourage all students, regardless of aid status, to look into outside grants, especially those offered by their study abroad program: