For academic year and/or semester programs, Whittier College students are charged the equivalent of Whittier tuition for the term(s) abroad and an administrative study abroad fee of $500, which covers program tuition, health insurance, and program specific administrative fees. A charge for health insurance will also appear on the student bill, unless paperwork is filed with the Business Office to waive the charge.

Study abroad participants may use the standard Business Office payment plan as if still on campus to pay tuition and the administrative fee.

Participants are responsible for paying room and board (if applicable) directly to the program provider.

Financial Aid

Students approved for academic year and/or semester programs may apply federal and state loans, along with any outside scholarships or grants they might receive to the bills generated by the Business Office.

However, Whittier merit scholarships and/or grants will be distributed in the following manner:

  • Students with a 3.5 - 4.0 or on an exchange program will be allowed to apply 100 percent of their Whittier merit/grant aid  
  • Students with a 3.0 - 3.49 will be allowed to apply 70 percent of their Whittier merit/grant aid   
  • Students with a 2.75 - 2.99 will be allowed to apply 40 percent of their Whittier merit/grant aid
  • If the student’s GPA is below 2.75, the student will not be able to apply any of the Whittier merit/grant aid

If a Whittier College student pursues study abroad independent of the Office of International Programs, the student will not be able to apply any of his/her Whittier merit/grant aid. The independent applicant should inquire with the program provider regarding the use of federal and/or state aid.

Study abroad applicants should apply for financial aid in the regular manner, but should also notify Financial Aid and the Business Offices of their intentions to study abroad.

Furthermore, students may contact Financial Aid to inquire about any additional loans that may be available. It is imperative that students take care of any financial aid paperwork, including the signing of loans, before departure.

*Please be aware that financial aid policies related to study abroad are subject to change.