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Quarters vs. Semesters
Each student’s situation is unique. We want to ensure you receive the most accurate information possible for the specific program you are interested in as well as for your personal financial situation.
Many schools and programs operate on a semester system rather than on a quarter system. If you choose to participate in a program that is on a semester system. Here are some things you should keep in mind:
- You will only be able to utilize one quarter's worth of aid. For example: If you participate in a Spring semester program, you will use your Winter quarter aid and your Spring quarter aid will be cancelled. Fall semester you can use your Fall quarter aid.
- You will receive more credits in a semester program than you would in one quarter. Although your quarter charges may be more, receiving more credits may mean you complete your degree requirements sooner, saving you a quarter worth of costs later. Check with your Student Academic Advisor to determine how your credits will transfer to meet your degree requirements.
Who you pay, when you pay, and how you pay for a study abroad program depends on the program you participate in. In some cases you will need to pay in full prior to your departure for the program, in others you will need to make your payment directly to the institution where you are studying abroad, the “host institution”. Check out the Financial Aid for Study Abroad link and be sure to discuss your payment options and requirements with Student Financial Services.
Studying abroad requires that you complete additional paperwork—regardless of the program you select. See Student Financial Services to determine which financial paperwork you will need to complete.
Access to the internet may be limited or not possible in some parts of the world. Before leaving, discuss financial deadlines with Student Financial Services (such as filing next year’s FAFSA, etc).
Last Updated: 2/20/2013