Costs and Financing

Program Costs to Consider

Regardless of which program type students select, there will be costs associated with the program that students will be responsible for. When researching programs, students should distinguish between which costs are included in their program fees (billable expenses) versus which costs are not-included in their program fees (out-of-pocket expenses). Depending on the program students select, program fees will vary as well as the timeline in which they are collected. 


Faculty-led programs

Program Fees: (These will vary based on program, location, and specific courses.)

  • Airfare
  • Housing Accommodations
  • Some meals
  • Various cultural or academic excursions relating to the course 
  • Some in-country travel as relevant to courses or program schedule
  • Comprehensive medical assistance insurance

Out-of-Pocket Expenses: (Not included in program fees since these fees will vary for each student.)

  • Tuition (Based on student's academic program and how many credits hours being taken)
  • Passport/Visa
  • Additional Meals (not included in program arrangements)
  • Textbooks/Course Materials
  • Personal Spending (souvenirs, options excursions, etc.)

Exchange Programs

Exchange Program Fees: 

  • TAMU-CC Tuition (full-term course load)
  • Comprehensive medical insurance

Out-of-Pocket Expenses: 

  • Airfare
  • Housing Accommodations
  • Meals
  • In-country travel
  • Passport/Visa
  • Textbooks/Course Materials
  • Personal Spending (souvenirs, personal travel, etc.)

Independent/ Provider Programs

Program Fees: 

  • Tuition
  • Housing Accommodations
  • Meals (Usually available with homestay options)
  • Airport Reception/Pick-up
  • Excursions (scheduled by program)
  • Comprehensive Medical Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Expenses:

  • Airfare
  • Passport/Visa
  • Meals
  • Personal Spending (souvenirs, personal travel, etc.)

General Budgeting for Study Abroad

To help students understand what their overall program costs may be, we recommend students to put together a sample budget for their program. To assist with this, students can use this  sample budget sheet to figure out what fees they need to consider and how much funding they may need to prepare and secure for their program from start to finish. 

Students Participating on TAMU-CC Faculty-Led Programs or Exchange Programs Tuition Chart

Students participating in Exchange and Faculty-Led Programs will be assessed TAMU-CC tuition for their program. Tuition rates will vary based on the students level of study, program of study, admission year, and residency status.

Students can check online for their projected TAMU-CC Tuition rates here. 

Financing for Study Abroad  

Regardless of what financing/funding options student utilize for their study abroad programs, we advise that students start planning and saving as early as possible. Students use a variety of methods to fund their study abroad programs from personal funding, financial aid, Veteran's benefits, and scholarships to online funding campaigns. 

Students who are currently receiving financial aid may be able to apply their financial aid award towards their study abroad program fees. Students should consult with the Financial Aid office in order to discuss their current financial aid eligibility, if there is additional aid students can be considered for, and how using financial aid towards their study abroad program may affect their future financial aid award package. 

Financial Aid, Veteran's Education Benefits, Scholarships

Payment, Withdrawal, & Refund Policies and Deadlines

Not only is it important to understand how much a study abroad program will cost, but, also, when payments are due, to whom they are due, when the last day to withdraw from a program is, and if the payments are refundable. Depending on the program that students select these items of concern will vary. 

General Withdrawal Policy for Faculty-Led Programs: 

Withdrawals leading up to the OFFICIAL deadline date

Students can obtain full refund of confirmation deposit

Withdrawals made AFTER OFFICIAL withdrawal deadline

Student responsible for confirmation deposit OR Student may be eligible for refund of the confirmation deposit minus any program fee costs accrued on the student's behalf that are non-recoverable. 

Withdrawals made 61 days or more prior to program start date, but after withdrawal deadline 

Student responsible for confirmation deposit and any program fee costs accrued on the student's behalf that are non-recoverable

Withdrawals made 1-60 days prior to the program start date, but after the withdrawal deadline

Student responsible for confirmation deposit, up to 50% of program fee costs and/or any costs accrued on the student's behalf that are non-recoverable

Withdrawal on/after the program start date


Student will be responsible for confirmation deposit and 100% of the program fees


 Exchange Programs 

Students participating in exchange programs may only have tuition fees due to TAMU-CC for the term that they are abroad. Most other fees for exchange programs will be assessed by the host university and/or their service providers. Students may need to pay application fees, registration fees, security deposits for housing, and housing rental fees to the host university directly and will need to abide by the host university's deadlines and withdrawal policies. If student need to withdraw from their exchange program, we encourage students to do so as soon as possible, so they do not incur any fees from the host university. However, if students must withdraw from their exchange program after their start day, students may still be responsible for any, if not all, of their program fees and tuition depending on when the official withdrawal notification was received by either the host university and/or home university. 

Provider Programs will have their own withdrawal policies and deadlines.

Students should be working with their program provider, so students understand what their financial responsibilities may be, should they choose to withdraw from their program. Students may not always be eligible for a refund from their provider programs as refunds are subject to whether or not any of the costs already accrued by the provider, on the student's behalf, are recoverable or not. 

For more information, or if you have additional questions, please contact

Office of International Education

University Center, 226


Tel: 361.825.3446