Q1. I’m planning to study abroad in spring 2018. Can I use my Puget Sound scholarship and grant aid?|
A1. There is no change to the spring 2018 financial aid policy for study abroad. Students may use Puget Sound scholarship and grant aid based on demonstrated financial need. For additional information, please see the Finances & Scholarships page or consult your Student Financial Services counselor.
Q2. I’m planning to study abroad in summer 2018. Can I use my Puget Sound scholarship and grant aid?
A2. There is no change in summer financial aid policy for study abroad. For additional information, please see the Finances & Scholarships page or consult your Student Financial Services counselor.
Q3. Why isn’t the new policy being implemented immediately?
A3. Puget Sound staff and faculty have been working over many years to implement the best ways to support maximum student participation in a financially sustainable way. The new program fee structure will insure that we can continue supporting all students during their study abroad experience. We are unable to make this change in the middle of an academic year.
Q4. Why am I being charged a program fee?
A4. Students who study abroad through Puget Sound receive extensive support prior to and during their study abroad experience from various offices of the college. In addition to the Office of International Programs, Puget Sound study abroad students are supported by the Registrar, Student Financial Services, Business Services, Technology Services, Collins Library, Center for Writing, Learning and Teaching, other Academic and Student Affairs support resources, as well as faculty advisers. The program fee covers, in part, the cost of this support.
Q5. The program that I’m interested in has a high program fee. Is there another program available for a lower fee?
A5. There are a wide variety of programs from which to choose, including those with low fees ($300). To learn more about options that meet your study abroad objectives, please consult with a staff member in the International Programs office in Howarth Hall 215 and talk to your academic advisor.
Q6. For how many years has the current policy been in place that prevents students from using Puget Sound scholarship and grant aid above a student’s demonstrated financial need for study abroad? Why was that policy implemented
A6. The current policy was approved in 2009, in accord with a recommendation from a faculty and staff work group, in response to a series of years in which the instructional expense of study abroad had increased by 70%. The 2009 plan was designed to maximize student participation across the spectrum of individual and family resources, as well as to simplify a previously more complicated program designation and pricing structure. As study abroad and higher education finance have changed over recent years, a new faculty and staff work group has studied the situation and recommended a sustainable approach for 2018-19 forward.
Q7. Is a program fee common? What do other colleges do?
A7. It is not unusual for colleges such as Puget Sound to have a program fee structure associated with study abroad. The Puget Sound study abroad program fee structure will be evaluated and adjusted if needed on an annual basis to maintain a workable approach to achieving the goals of maximum student participation and financial sustainability.
Q8. I am concerned about my ability to pay a fee. Who can help me with my questions?
Q8. Any time Puget Sound students have questions about their ability to pay tuition and fees, they should be in touch with their Student Financial Services financial aid counselor in Jones Hall 019. Financial aid counselors are here to support all students and their families, and are happy to assist.
Q9. I was planning to study abroad in spring 2018. Can I defer to fall 2018 or spring 2019 to take advantage of the new financial aid policy?
A9. If you wish to delay your study abroad plans you will need to formally withdraw your current study abroad application by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We recommend that you first consult with your academic advisor to be sure the deferring your study abroad plans to 2018-19 is appropriate for your academic progress at Puget Sound. You would then need to apply to study abroad for fall 2018 or spring 2019 by the Jan. 31, 2018 deadline. Please note that we anticipate that the 2018-19 application cycle will be quite competitive and there are no guarantees your new application will be approved. We recommend you also check the approved program list to ensure your program of choice is approved for 2018-19 as there are changes to the approved program list each year.
Q10: I’m a junior and didn’t apply to study abroad in 2018-19 because of the current financial aid policy. Can I apply to study abroad in my senior year?
A10: Yes, you may apply to study abroad senior year. We recommend that you first consult with your academic advisor to be sure that study abroad in your senior year is appropriate for your academic progress at Puget Sound. Your application deadline will be Jan. 31, 2018. Please note that we anticipate that the 2018-2019 application cycle will be quite competitive and there are no guarantees your application will be accepted.