Financial Information

Want to study abroad but worried about finances? Nancy Issa, the associate director of university financial aid, works directly with students who wish to use their financial aid for study abroad. The information below is provided for your reference, but you may also contact her at nxi@case.edu or 216.368.4530 with questions related to your financial aid package and study abroad.

To learn more about how financial aid can help you study abroad, please visit the Financial Aid website. In order to apply for aid, make sure to fill out the Study Abroad Cost Sheet.

CWRU study abroad program types follow one of the financial models referenced below, and financial aid can be applied to all. There are also many scholarships available to study abroad students.

Short-Term/Faculty-Led Study Abroad

  • Students register for the study abroad course at CWRU, and pay tuition and a program fee to CWRU. Program fees and the items they cover vary by program.
  • Federal financial aid can be used for tuition, program fees, and other course-related expenses.
  • Students are responsible for paying any additional expenses themselves (travel, souvenirs, etc.)
  • Additional need may be met with Parent PLUS or private loans for undergraduate students and Graduate PLUS loans for graduate/professional students.

Long-Term Study Abroad (Semester/Year Abroad)

  • Students continue to pay tuition to CWRU, and CWRU pays the student’s tuition to the study abroad program on their behalf. All aid, including academic scholarships, state grants, need-based funding, and outside assistance, is still applied toward CWRU’s tuition charge.
  • Students are responsible for paying room, board, and any additional fees to the directly to their overseas institution or program provider; students will not pay room or board to CWRU during the term(s) spent abroad.
  • Additional need may be met with Parent PLUS or private loans for undergraduate students and Graduate PLUS loans for graduate/professional students.

Summer Study Abroad (at a CWRU Partner Institution)

  • Students pay tuition, room, board, and any fees to the overseas institution and not CWRU.
  • Federal financial aid can be used for tuition, room, board, fees, and other related expenses. Additional need may be met with Parent PLUS or private loans for undergraduate students.

Petition Programs

Petition programs are an option when students have an academically compelling reason and the support of a faculty advisor to attend a non-approved institution.

Students must first successfully petition the study abroad petition committee months before the corresponding deadline. Visit our deadlines page for those details.

  • Students pay tuition, housing, and any fees to the overseas institution and are assessed a $500 study abroad processing fee by CWRU
  • All aid—including academic scholarships, state grants, need-based funding and outside assistance—is still available for student use