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Cost & Financial Assistance

ACM is committed to making high-quality off-campus study programs affordable. The educational cost of an ACM program includes the academic curriculum plus a variety of site visits, course-related travel, community engagement, and other activities to complement and enrich your coursework and cultural immersion.

As you compare the costs of various study away options, find out which expenses are included in each program’s price and what you will need to pay for out of your own pocket.

Discounts for ACM Students and Colleges

  • If you are a student at an ACM college, the program educational cost that ACM charges students and their college is automatically discounted.
  • If you are a student at a college that is affiliated with the program, ACM discounts the program educational cost by 5%.

The cost of off-campus study depends on the policies of your home college, as schools may charge based on either the cost of the ACM program or the college’s tuition price. Additionally, some schools may assess special fees for off-campus study.

Check with your Off-Campus Study Office and your Financial Aid Office to confirm how your college charges students for off-campus study programs, what additional campus fees may apply, and how you can use financial assistance toward the cost of your program.

Learn more about the cost (educational costs, program fees, and additional expenses) for each ACM off-campus study program:

Deposit and Additional Expenses

In order to secure a spot in the program, students are required to pay a confirmation deposit within two weeks of acceptance. The $50 non-refundable deposit is credited toward the program fee and cannot be returned if a student decides to cancel. Additionally, a $200 housing deposit is also required, but is refundable upon completion of the program, provided that no additional cleaning or special repairs are needed to the student’s apartment. Students who do not submit the deposits within the time frame risk losing their spot on the off-campus study program.

Other costs related to studying off campus include transportation to and from the program site, meals, insurance, and other miscellaneous expenses. Some ACM programs may have additional expenses, such as for course materials. See the individual program cost webpages for details.

Scholarship Information

Although the ACM does not offer scholarships for off-campus study programs, there may be specific scholarships available through partner institutions.

See Off-Campus Study Funding resources below for a list of external off-campus study scholarships and resources. You may also identify other off-campus study scholarship opportunities through your campus.

Off-Campus Study Funding

Although the ACM does not offer scholarships for its programs, specific scholarships may be available through partner institutions. Students should also contact the Off-Campus Study and/or Financial Aid Office at their campus for more information about college-specific funding for off-campus study (see below) which may be available.

There are numerous outside scholarships available to eligible students. The list below includes links to a variety of external funding resources. Please note that this list is not comprehensive and may include information that is outdated.

Off-Campus Study Scholarships & Financial Assistance

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Gilman International Scholarship offers grants for U.S. undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Applicants for the scholarship must be Federal Pell Grant recipients. Students attending programs worldwide may apply, but preference is given to applications for programs outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. This competitive scholarship provides up to $5,000 for a semester or year abroad.

National Security Education Program (NSEP) – Boren Undergraduate Scholarship

Boren Scholarships provide a unique funding opportunity for American students to study world regions critical to United States interests (including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East), but generally underrepresented in study abroad (therefore, Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded).  NSEP was designed to provide Americans with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of the United States. Maximum awards are $10,000 (semester-long programs) or $20,000 (academic year programs).

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society – Study Abroad Grants

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Fifty $1,000 grants are awarded each year to undergraduates with a minimum GPA of 3.75.  Students do not need to be members of Phi Kappa Phi to apply for the grant, but they must attend a college that has an active Phi Kappa Phi chapter.

Bridging Project for Study Abroad in Japan

The Association of Teachers of Japanese Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations has made it possible for ATJ to award 100 scholarships annually to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Bridging Scholarship recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 (semester-long programs) or $4,000 (academic year programs).

The S&R Foundation Washington Award

The Washington Award recognizes talented young artists in the fields of fine arts, music, drama, dance, photography, and film, especially those who contribute to international collaboration. The award is especially intended to encourage individuals who contribute to international cultural collaboration. Winner will get a cash prize of $10,000. In addition, the Awards Committee may designate a Grand Prize winner who receives an additional $5,000.


Black Excel Scholarship Gateway

One of the largest scholarship and resource databases for African American students.


A scholarship search engine that can be used to find study abroad scholarships.

College Board

An online scholarship database.

Education Corner

A comprehensive directory of college-related scholarships.


A free online scholarship database.

Provides information about searching and applying for scholarships.

IIEPassport Study Abroad Funding

A free service provided by, offering a directory of scholarships, fellowships, and grants.

A financial aid, college scholarship, and international scholarship resource for students wishing to study abroad.

International Education Financial Aid

A resource for financial aid, college scholarship, and grant information for U.S. and international students wishing to study abroad.

NAFSA (Association of International Educators)

A set of resources for students considering study abroad, including funding and scholarship information.

An online scholarship database for college students.

An online listing of college-related scholarships and grants.

A funding and financial aid directory with many links to scholarship resources.

Study Abroad Loans

Information about loans specifically designed for students studying abroad.

University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center – External Scholarships Database

A large, searchable database of scholarships for education abroad.

Financial Resources at ACM Colleges

Although the ACM does not offer scholarships for its programs, specific scholarships may be available through partner institutions. Please see below for information on off-campus study funding at ACM colleges. Students should also contact the Off-Campus Study and/or Financial Aid Office at their campus for more information about college-specific funding for off-campus study which may be available.

There are also numerous outside scholarships available to eligible students.

Beloit College

For information on financial arrangements for off-campus study, please consult the Pre-Departure Checklist.

Carleton College

For information on off-campus study funding for Carleton students, please visit the Financial Aid & Scholarships page.

Coe College

For information about funding your off-campus study experience, please refer to Off-Campus Scholarships & Financial Aid.

Colorado College

For information on off-campus study funding, please visit the Billing & Finances webpage.

Cornell College

To explore sources of financial support, please visit the Off-Campus Studies Scholarshipspage.

Grinnell College

For a list of off-campus funding options for Grinnell students, please visit the Financial Resources page.

Knox College

To explore sources of financial support, please refer to the Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies.

Lake Forest College

For information about financial aid transferability, visit the Off-Campus Study and Financial Aid page.

Lawrence University

For a list of off-campus funding options for Lawrence students, please visit the Off-Campus Study Funding page.

Luther College

Luther’s Center for Global Learning has a list of resources for working with financial aid for off-campus study.

Macalester College

For information on off-campus study funding, please visit the Costs and Financial Aid page.

Monmouth College

For information on off-campus study funding, please visit the Office of Global Engagementwebpage.

Ripon College

Please refer to the Office of Financial Aid for information on available financial assistance.

St. Olaf College

To explore off-campus funding options, please consult the Financial Planning webpage.

Cancellation Policy

Refer to the ACM Policy on Educational Costs, Program Fees, & Refunds for information about cancellation policies.

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