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Scholarships and Financial Aid

Program Costs

Earlham and Earlham-approved programs cost the same as tuition, room and board, and fees on campus. Students are required to have a 19-meal plan on an off-campus program. If the Earlham-approved program's rate of tuition, room or board is higher than that of Earlham, the student is charged the higher amount. Students are responsible for travel costs to and from the program site, independent travel expenses, books and academic materials, health-related costs, and personal expenses, as well as passport and visa costs if required for the program location.


Financial Aid

Earlham students may apply their financial aid to one Earlham or Earlham-approved off-campus program, as detailed in these policies.
  1. Off-campus semester programs are considered part of your four-year experience. If you transferred to Earlham from another college/university, your off-campus program aid should be within the number of semesters of aid you have at Earlham as per the Financial Aid office.
  2. Earlham funds may be used on only one off-campus program. This includes both need-based and merit scholarships offered by Earlham College. Questions concerning Earlham tuition remission and off-campus programs should be directed to Earlham’s Human Resources personnel.
  3. If a student takes more than one Earlham College or Earlham-approved off-campus program, then Federal aid, state aid, and aid provided by non-Earlham sources may be used if you are otherwise eligible for that source/type of aid.
  4. Earlham College does not provide or process aid for programs that are not Earlham College programs or Earlham-approved programs.
  5. Earlham-funded, need-based grant aid is not increased for students on off-campus programs. To help with possible extra expenses involved in off-campus study (airfare, for example), a student loan can be increased if the student has not already borrowed the maximum allowable amount for the academic year.
  6. Student employment is not provided while studying off-campus. Bonner Scholars should arrange with the Bonner Scholarship Coordinator to do their required service work while they are on their off-campus experience.
  7. May Terms are not considered as off-campus programs. Instead, they are treated as a spring semester class, and additional Earlham-funded financial aid is not available. 
  8. Students must make arrangements with the Accounting office to pay for program charges prior to the beginning of the off-campus experience.
  9. Students planning to be off-campus during the Fall Semester are strongly encouraged to apply for financial aid by April 1 prior to the start of the off-campus program.
  10. Tuition and fees for all approved programs are the same as a semester on Earlham's campus. Earlham's room and board rates may also be charged, depending on whether or not the approved program provides room and board for students.


Earlham Scholarships


Travel awards are available to assist students who want to study off-campus with an Earlham program but find it difficult to manage added travel expenses. The funds are to be used for expenses related to travel to and from the destination of your program. Students are selected for these scholarships based on the quality of their scholarship application combined with a demonstrated financial need, as determined by the Center for Global and Career Education in consultation with the Financial Aid Office.

External Scholarships

You are also encouraged to consider external scholarships that may help cover the costs of your off-campus study experience. Some of the major options include:
  • Gilman Scholarship: US citizens, receiving the Pell Grant, applying for an international program of at least 3 weeks (21 days)
  • Boren Award: US citizens (and non-citizen of target country), planning to study in an approved country with a language study component, planning to work in an area related to national security
  • Fund for Education Abroad: US citizens and permanent residents, applying for an international program of at least 4 weeks (28 days)
  • First Trip: First-time travelers, planning to study in an approved country, could include passport voucher

ScholarTrip Airfare Deposit Program

This is a deposit program that allows students who are going to study abroad to secure their flight up to 300 days in advance by placing a non-refundable deposit and paying the balance of the flight costs in installments.  This program has no fees or interest charges.  For more information, click here.