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Funding

The cost of studying abroad varies depending on the program. There are programs that are cheaper than studying at VCU for a semester and programs that are financially comparable to studying on the VCU campus for a term. Federal financial aid, institutional scholarships, and more can be used to pay for your study abroad program.

If you have any questions about paying for study abroad, please do not hesitate to contact our office at abroad@vcu.edu or (804) 827-7882. Our office is committed to ensuring that finances do not prevent students from considering international opportunities.

This portion of the website gives detailed information on financing options for study abroad. You may also find this guide from Diversity Abroad helpful for tips on making study abroad affordable.

Note: Study abroad students who receive the deans, provost, or presidential scholarships must notify Ms. Cynthia LeSueur, through email at calesueu@vcu.edu, prior to their departure. Notifying Ms. LeSueur prior to departure will ensure the timely disbursement of institutional scholarships.
 

Virginia Prepaid Tuition

The Virginia Prepaid Education Program — VPEP — will make payments to foreign schools that meet the federal definition of an eligible educational institution. Contact us toll free at 1-888-567-0540 to determine whether VPEP payments to a specific foreign school qualify under Section 529.
If the student is studying abroad through a program sponsored by an eligible educational institution located in the United States and Virginia College Savings Plan is invoiced from that qualified institution, the payout will be the same dollar amount that VPEP would pay if the student were attending that institution domestically. Any differential in the costs to study abroad will be the student’s responsibility and will not be covered by VPEP. For more information regarding VPEP, please contact the organization directly at 1-888-567-0540.
 

DC TAG

The DC Tuition Assistance Grant Program — DC TAG — expands higher education choices for District of Columbia residents by providing grants of up to $10,000 toward the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition at public four-year colleges and universities throughout the United States, Guam and Puerto Rico.
The grant also provides up to $2,500 per academic year toward tuition at private colleges in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, private historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) nationwide and two-year colleges nationwide. DCTAG is neither need nor merit-based. Please visit the DCTAG website for more information.
Students who are enrolled in the study abroad program must meet the criteria outline below, or they will not be eligible to receive DCTAG funding. There should not be any difference between the students enrolled in the study abroad program and those who are taking classes on campus. Please contact the office directly to answer any questions.
The study-abroad program is eligible only if all of the following conditions are met and confirmed by your institution.
  • Tuition is paid directly to the university, not the study abroad program.
  • There must be both an in- and out-of-state tuition charge.
  • There cannot be a “flat” tuition cost for enrollment in the program.
  • There cannot be a transfer of academic credit(s) back to the university.
  • Students must be considered as being directly enrolled at the university.
 

GI Bill

Education benefits received by our veterans, active service members, and their spouses and qualified dependents may or may not be applied toward the cost of study abroad, depending on which chapter the benefits fall under. For more information, students should speak with an advisor in the Education Abroad office and/or the VCU Military Student Services office.

The process outlined below is for students receiving Chapter 33 benefits. If you receive any other types of military benefits, speak with VCU Military Student Services or Education Abroad.


VCU Faculty-led programs

Since VCU tuition is charged on all VCU faculty-led programs, the VA will pay the in-state VCU tuition rate for a student’s course of study, just as it would for instruction on the VCU campus.

Students can apply to be reimbursed by the VA for living costs, books, supplies, and travel. Fees specific to study abroad (like an administrative or application fee) cannot be paid or reimbursed unless the student can demonstrate that the program is a required part of the student’s degree program. In order for the VA to provide a monthly housing allowance, the student must be enrolled full-time on the study abroad program.


International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)


ISEP Exchange:
Since VCU in-state tuition is charged for all ISEP exchange programs, the VA will pay the in-state VCU tuition rate for a student’s course of study, just as it would for instruction on the VCU campus. Because the ISEP fee is comprehensive, VCU must break out the fee and report the charged tuition.
ISEP Direct:
Since the host institution’s program tuition and fees are collected by VCU and passed on to ISEP, tuition and fees normally assessed to students at the host institution can be reimbursed at a rate set annually by the VA (for 2011-2012, up to $17,500).


Partnership and Departmental Exchanges

Since VCU tuition is charged on all partnership and departmental exchanges, the VA will pay the in-state VCU tuition rate for a student’s course of study, just as it would for instruction on the VCU campus.

Students can apply through the VA to be reimbursed for living costs, books, supplies, and travel. Fees specific to study abroad (like an administrative or application fee) cannot be paid or reimbursed unless the student can demonstrate that the program is a required part of the student’s degree program. In order for the VA to provide a monthly housing allowance, the student must be enrolled full-time on the study abroad program.


Non-VCU Program

The non-VCU program tuition and fees must be collected by VCU and passed on to the Non-VCU program, tuition and fees normally assessed to students at the host institution can be reimbursed at a rate set annually by the VA (for 2011-2012, up to $17,500).  Remember that the VA will not pay charges directly to the host institution or non-VCU program provider.    

Students can apply through the VA to be reimbursed for living costs, books, supplies, and travel.  Fees specific to study abroad (like an administrative or application fee) cannot be paid or reimbursed unless the student can demonstrate that the program is a required part of the student’s degree program.  In order for the VA to provide a monthly housing allowance, the student must be enrolled full-time on the study abroad program.  

For more detailed information regarding the GI Bill and study abroad, please read the Post 911 GI Bill Study Abroad Fact Sheet.