The Costs of SAGE Participation

What is the cost of participating in a Study Abroad and Global Education (SAGE) semester program at Scripps College?

There is one cost for a Scripps education and students pay the same comprehensive semester fees whether staying on campus or studying on a SAGE program during the academic year.   Students are required to apply to Scripps first and be approved by the Committee on Study Abroad (COSA) prior to participating on a semester program and remain enrolled as a full-time student at Scripps during participation. Students must pay Scripps comprehensive charges for tuition, room, and board regardless of study site or program costs in order to receive Scripps academic credit.  Students who study away for a full year pay the comprehensive Scripps fees each semester.

Payment of the Scripps comprehensive semester fee covers:

  • Tuition for 15-16 semester units (3.75 to 4 course credits at Scripps) per semester;
  • Double room accommodation and board – note housing and meal arrangements vary by program and expenses are covered either by a stipend to the student or direct payment to the program sponsor;
  • Round-trip student airfare stipend (calculated from Los Angeles to the study site for the dates of the program),
  • Program orientation workshops,
  • International Student Identity Card with accident and medical insurance coverage while abroad and any mandatory international medical insurance required by the program,
  • Study or field trip fee if a mandatory part of a class that has been pre-approved by Scripps faculty to fulfill a major, minor or general education requirement.  To fulfill a requirement, the class must carry at least three semester credits (.75 of a Scripps course).  Up to two required trip fees per student can be covered.

Financial aid awards for scholarships, grants, and loans through Scripps College can be applied to SAGE participation as in every other semester. Work-study funds from the federal government are not awarded for overseas programs, but a student may be able to earn as much of their work-study award for the year during their semester in Claremont and save those funds to use abroad.  Some domestic programs may allow students to earn their work-study funds while enrolled on the other US campus.  Check here for other scholarships and grants specifically for studying in other countries.

Scripps fees will be billed in accordance with the regular payment schedule each semester and any payment plan will still be applicable. The student account will show the regular tuition charge and the total of the charges for room, board and fees listed as a “SAGE Participation Fee”  as required for federal reporting purposes. If a student receives additional merit or need-based scholarships from the program sponsor, the amount of the scholarship will appear on the student account as a credit. The timing of the credit posting depends on the receipt of the program invoice at Scripps, often received after the first Scripps bills are posted. The credit will appear on the next Scripps statement issued after receipt of the program invoice.

What expenses should students expect to pay out-of-pocket?

Students will have expenses for many of the same items they must budget for on campus such, as: books, school supplies, local transportation, clothing, comprehensive US medical insurance coverage as required by the College, medical treatment charges, laundry, postage, recreation, phone bills, snacks, independent travel, etc.  The following additional expenses are unique to SAGE participation and are the responsibility of the student:

  • the non-refundable application fee charged by the program sponsor;
  • passport charges and fees for the visa or residency permit, if required;
  • cost of the mandatory pre-departure medical examination and any required immunizations;
  • the supplemental cost of a single room, if requested by the student;
  • refundable security deposits against damages for housing, and loss of library books, keys or other property on loan to the student – such deposits will be refunded directly to the student by the program sponsor after the program has ended, less any charges for damages;
  • any surcharges for class overloads
  • cost of optional class trips or program field trips and all personal travel;
  • meals and accommodation for optional travel and during the breaks between terms or semesters or extended school vacation periods, e.g., spring break in the UK.

Students may want to consider the cost of living in the various locations when choosing between program options. It can be less expensive to live in towns outside the capital or in countries with favorable exchange rates or a lower cost of living.  Students who have returned from study in the same country will have great advice on budget-friendly shopping options. The largest personal expense for most students is typically for optional travel but there are many ways to enjoy and experience the culture with free or low-cost activities to take full advantage of the time overseas.  Each program page has a link to a cost-of-living comparison calculator that can help with budget planning.

What happens if a student withdraws from participation on a SAGE  program?

Students will be liable for any non-recoverable expenses paid by Scripps on their behalf including: tuition and program fees, housing, meals, airfare, and international insurance. Whether there will be refund of tuition and other fees upon withdrawal is determined by the program sponsor and the date of the withdrawal, not by Scripps.  Most programs have a requirement for official written notification of withdrawal and a schedule that determines the amount of a refund due, based on when official notification is received. After confirming participation on a program, and depending on the time of withdrawal, there may be a cancellation penalty charged by the program sponsor, plus any unrecoverable charges already paid out on a student’s behalf. Students and families are advised to carefully read the program sponsor’s commitment documents before accepting a place on a program to understand the withdrawal procedures and refund policies.  After a certain point in the semester as determined by the program, there is no refund.

The program sponsor policy determines the amount of any credit that might be awarded in the event of a withdrawal prior to the completion of the program.