Costs and Financial Aid



If you remember one thing about program costs, remember this!  Make sure you understand what costs are covered and what additional costs you will incur regardless of which program you choose.

Rollins Approved Semester Programs

For these programs students will be billed a flat fee EQUIVALENT to standard Rollins tuition, double room and standard meal plan.  For all programs this total amount directly covers tuition, accommodation, orientation, included program activities and excursions, comprehensive medical and emergency insurance and program administration here at Rollins College and abroad.  In addition, IP will deduct from the amount owed on the student account the cost of estimated meals if meals are not directly included in the program.  For further details about what is covered program by program, refer to the specific program webpages.

Field Study and Rollins Approved Summer Programs

Each program is priced individually, and costs can vary year to year as exchange rates and other changeable factors influence the costs on-site.  The price typically includes tuition, room, board or partial board, and activities and excursions; however, each program is different and you must refer to program details to determine exactly what costs are covered and what additional costs you may incur. 

PLEASE NOTE: Fees for Field Study and Short-Term programs will be billed to your student account and payment will be processed through the Bursar.

Holt Students: Holt students participating in an A&S/CPS Field Study course pay the same program price as A&S students.  Holt students participating in Holt field study courses must pay a trip fee covering the costs of the travel, and the Holt per-credit tuition for the accompanying course.

Non-Rollins Programs

Students who participate in a Non-Rollins program will pay Rollins an administrative fee. The fee is $150 for summer and interession programs and $550 for semester programs.  The fee covers advising and assistance provided by International Programs and other offices on campus, and the transfer and review of credits. In addition, students on an independent program will pay all of the program costs directly to their host university and/or provider.


Other Costs

On all programs, you will most likely encounter additional costs that may include visa, books, laundry, personal hygiene products, entertainment and recreation, weekend trips, souvenirs, other personal expenses, or extended travel during breaks or after the term.  Additional costs can vary widely depending on the location of your study abroad program, the cost of living there, the current exchange rate and other factors.

We strongly recommend that you plan ahead for the additional costs associated with study abroad.  Most students want to be able to purchase some souvenirs and have the opportunity to participate in at least some activities not covered in the direct program costs.  Talk to the people who will be contributing to your finances while abroad and plan accordingly.  Many students begin saving well in advance of their study abroad experiences.


Financial Aid

If you receive financial aid and/or academic or athletic scholarships, make an appointment to meet with a counselor in Student Financial Aid to confirm what aid you will receive for your off-campus study program.

  • Approved Semester Programs: most of the aid and scholarships you receive from Rollins will transfer directly to your study abroad program. The only exceptions are work study programs, athletic grants, and merit scholarships offered by academic departments, which may not be able to be applied to a study abroad program. It is sometimes possible to take on additional loans, particularly parent loans, in order to supplement the cost of study abroad.  Students who wish to participate in two Approved Semester Programs can only apply Rollins scholarships and grants to both programs if one of the two programs is an exchange program.  If both semester programs are not exchange, the student may still participate and earn credits, but Rollins scholarships and institutional aid will not apply to the program costs, though Federal and State Financial Aid will still apply.
  • Field Study and Approved Summer Programs: There is typically limited financial aid available for Rollins Approved summer and field study programs. If you are participating in a Rollins Approved short-term program for six credits or more, you may be eligible for additional Pell Grant funds or parent loans—speak with a counselor at the Financial Aid office to find out more.
  • Non-Rollins Programs: If you participate in a non-Rollins semester, summer or short-term program, you will NOT be able to apply your financial aid or institutional scholarships to the costs of the program.
  • Financial Aid and Credits: You may need to be enrolled in a certain number of credits for all your aid and scholarships to apply. Many students take fewer total credits while abroad, and this can affect your financial aid amounts as well. If you drop a course once you are abroad, you MUST let the Financial Aid office know. In addition, if you receive financial aid through the state of Florida Bright Futures program, you must complete all your courses in order to receive your allotted aid.



  • Application Fee: There is a $25 application fee for study abroad.  This fee covers the expenses associated the online application system.  Once you start the RIPA process, you will be automatically charged this fee.  DO NOT BEGIN YOUR APPLICATION UNTIL YOU ARE TRULY READY TO APPLY!
  • Program Balance:
    • Field Study and Summer Programs: students are billed through the Bursar.  If the student has received a scholarship, the scholarship will also be applied to  his/her account.
    • Approved Semester Programs: students are billed through the Bursar.  The program balance is due before the semester abroad, at the same time as standard semester tuition and other fees.  If the student has received any financial aid and/or scholarships, those funds will also be applied to his/her account.  The credit for indirect costs will also be posted to the Student Account and will be applied against any balance owed.  Students with significant financial aid may end up with a positive balance on the Student Account, which may then be requested as a refund.


Refund and Cancellation Policy 

After a student is accepted into a Rollins Approved Summer/Semester or Field Study program, the following Refund and Cancellation Policy goes into effect:

  • Payment of all program fees and tuition must be made by the communicated deadline.  These funds are used to complete the arrangements for the participants and to operate the program.  International Programs will retain $250 in all cases of withdrawal; beyond that, we will retain all non-recoverable expenses IP has committed to and/or incurred on the student’s behalf; any unused portions of the program payments will be returned to the student.
  • Should the program be cancelled due to circumstances at Rollins College and/or a decision made by Rollins College and International Programs, the Office of International Programs will make every attempt to recuperate all possible funds on behalf of the students.
  • If a student has received scholarship funding for a Rollins Field Study program, and the student withdraws prior to departure, the scholarship will be revoked, and the student will be held responsible for all non-recoverable expenses IP has committed to and/or incurred on the student’s behalf, even if said expenses had been covered by the scholarship funding.


Tuition Remission

  • Employees hired on or after March 1, 2011: Tuition remission may be applied to one, and no more than one, Rollins Approved Semester or Summer Study Abroad or Field Study program. 
  • Employees hired before March 1, 2011: Tuition remission may be applied to any Rollins Approved Semester or Summer Study Abroad or Field Study programs. 
  • Both Categories of Employee:  For Approved Semester Programs tuition remission applies to the full Rollins College tuition charge less any funding from the Florida Resident Access Grant.  For Approved Summer programs, tuition charges range from $600 to $8000 depending on the program.  For Field Study programs, tuition remission applies only to the embedded Course Credit and Administrative fee, which ranges from $400-$800 depending on the number of credits earned.