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Pay Your Fees

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/studyabroad/pay.html

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Paying your tuition, housing, etc.

Financial Aid:

Regardless of what type of program in which you will participate, as long as you are registered for the proper number of credits, and have already submitted a FAFSA application, you can have a conversation with the MSU Student Financial Services Office about using your financial aid funds to help pay for your education abroad/away program costs.

Non-Payment of Program Fees:

Please be sure to pay all your program expenses before the end of your program/you return to the U.S.!  For any of the below programs, if you have any unpaid program-related expenses remaining after your program is complete, your host institution will not mail your transcript to you or MSU until your fees are paid in full (even if it's something as small as a library book fine)!  This can have extreme financial aid and registration consequences for you at MSU, not to mention the potential of having a bill sent to a collections agency with dire implications to your credit rating.  Do not let this happen to you!  Be sure to pay all your program fee expenses in a timely manner!  If you are participating in an education abroad and away company program, check with your education abroad company advisor as often as needed to make sure all your fees are paid.  If you are participating in an exchange or Estudio Sampere program, check your MSU and host university accounts often and especially before you return to the U.S. to make sure all your fees are paid.  It is MUCH easier to pay fees that you owe in abroad/away while you are still abroad/away than it is after you return to the U.S./Minnesota.

 

Estudio Sampere Programs: Costs are broken down into two sections
  • MSU tuition and fees: For the MSU Spanish department education abroad credits in which you will enroll, you will pay MSU tuition and student fees as usual.  Once you register yourself through eServices for the classes approved for you by the Chair of the Spanish department, your eServices account will be charged the appropriate tuition and student fees.  If you are receiving enough financial aid to cover these fees, once your financial aid is disbursed, MSU will use it to pay your eServices charges.  If you are not receiving enough financial aid to cover the full tuition/fees charges, you will need to pay your tuition and student fee charges in full by the payment deadlines set for the term you are studying abroad.
  • Estudio Sampere Program Fee: You will also pay a program fee for Estudio Sampere's services.  You will pay the program fee directly to MSU (and Estudio Sampere will request payment from MSU via invoice prior to your departure).  The program fee will also be charged to your eServices account.  You are required to pay a $400 downpayment towards your program fee no later than 3 weeks after the application deadline.  If you are receiving enough financial aid to cover the remainder of your program fee after the $400 downpayment, once your financial aid is disbursed, MSU will use it to pay your program fee charge.  If you are not receiving enough financial aid to cover the remainder of the fee, you are required to pay whatever financial aid does not cover by the last day of the semester prior to your departure.  For more information on what this fee covers, please view your program's "Brochure" page through our "Program Search" section.  The Brochure page also contains cost estimate information in the "Budget Sheet" line.

 

Exchange Programs:
  • Passport, visa and plane ticket: These are typically expenses that you will have to pay for before departing for your program well before financial aid is disbursed for the term during which you will be on exchange.  While most of these expenses (but not all) can be charged to a credit card, we advise students to be sure to have at least $3,000 available to them the semester prior to exchange participation to help cover these pre-financial aid costs.  Once your financial aid is disbursed, you can use the funds to pay off credit card charges incurred for these expenses.
  • Tuition and Student Fees: Students participating in Exchange partner programs will pay their tuition and student fees to MSU as usual (the only exceptions are the University of Stirling and students taking certain subjects at Queens University, Belfast - please meet with the Center for Education Abroad and Away staff for further explanation if you are participating in either of these programs).  This will cover your tuition and student fees at your host university.  Your eServices account will be charged your usual banded tuition and student fees.  You will be responsible for paying the charge by the payment deadlines set for the term you are on Exchange.  If you are receiving financial aid, once it is disbursed it will be applied to your charges as usual and any leftover funds will be sent to your bank account by direct deposit (as long as you have direct deposit activated through your eServcies account).  You can then use any remaining funds as you need to help cover your living and educational expenses while abroad/away.
  • Housing, utilities, food, books and supplies, local transportation, other miscellaneous expenses: You will pay your housing and utility expenses to the manager of your housing unit in your host country.  YOU WILL NOT PAY THESE EXPENSES THROUGH MSU.  You will also pay for class materials, local transportation, food, etc. on a daily/weekly/monthly basis while you are in your host country (just like you do in Mankato).  To view cost estimates for these expenses, please view the "Budget Sheet" line on your program's "Brochure" page.  You can find the Brochure page by searching for your program in our "Program Search" section.

 

Faculty-Led Programs:
  • Passport, Visa and Innoculation/Vaccination Fees: These are typically expenses that you will have to pay for before departing for your program, possibly before financial aid is disbursed for the term during which your program runs.  While most of these expenses (but not all) can be charged to a credit card, we advise students to be sure to have at least $1,000 available to them at least 6-months prior to the program departure date to help cover these expenses.  Once your financial aid is disbursed, you can use the funds to pay off credit card charges incurred for these expenses.
  • MSU Tuition and Student Fees: All faculty-led programs require registration in the MSU class designated for the program.  Once you register for the appropriate class, your eServices account will be charged MSU tuition and students fees as usual.  You will be responsible for paying the charge by the payment deadlines set for the term you are studying abroad.  If you are receiving financial aid, once it is disbursed it will be applied to your charges as usual and any leftover funds will be sent to your bank account by direct deposit (as long as you have direct deposit activated through your eServcies account).
  • Program Fee: Each faculty-led program has its own designated program fee that covers all or most expenses related to your overseas experience.  Once you complete your online application through our website and also contact the professor leading the program, the program fee will be charged to your eServices account.  The professor leading the program can provide you with payment deadline instructions.
  • Miscellaneous Expenses: Please verify with the professor leading your program what expenses are not covered by the program fee and how much you should bring with you to cover miscellaneous expenses.

 

NSE: National Student Exchange:
  • Application fee, housing deposit, plane ticket/gas, miscellaneous host university fees: These are typically expenses that you will have to pay for before the start of your program well before financial aid is disbursed for the term during which you will be on Exchange.  While most of these expenses (but not all) can be charged to a credit card, we advise students to be sure to have at least $2,000 available to them the semester prior to Exchange participation to help cover these pre-financial aid costs.  Once your financial aid is disbursed, you can use the funds to pay off credit card charges incurred for these expenses.
  • Tuition and Student Fees: Students participating in NSE will pay their tuition and student fees to MSU as usual.  This will cover your tuition and student fees at your host university.  Your eServices account will be charged your usual banded tuition and student fees.  You will be responsible for paying the charge by the payment deadlines set for the term you are on Exchange.  If you are receiving financial aid, once it is disbursed it will be applied to your charges as usual and any leftover funds will be sent to your bank account by direct deposit (as long as you have direct deposit activated through your eServcies account).
  • Housing, utilities, food, books and supplies, local transportation, other miscellaneous expenses: You will pay your housing and utility expenses to the manager of your housing unit in the city where you are on NSE Exchange.  YOU WILL NOT PAY THESE EXPENSES THROUGH MSU.  You will also pay for class materials, local transportation, food, etc. on a daily/weekly/monthly basis while you are in your host city.  You should be able to access cost estimate information through your host university's website.
Education Abroad and Away Company Programs:
  • MSU Fees: Except for our office's $27 application fee (which will be charged to your eServices account), you will pay your education abroad and away company program fee DIRECTLY TO THE EDUCATION ABROAD COMPANY
  • Pre-Departure Expenses: Most education abroad and away companies require anywhere between a $100-350 deposit payment at the time you start your application on their website.  They also require a "good faith payment" in the amount of $1,000-3,000 a few months prior to the final program fee payment deadline.  You might also have to pay a housing deposit in advance of between $200-750.  Other upfront costs include ordering your passport, possible visa fees, possible innoculations/vaccinations, plane ticket, etc.  These are all expenses you will have to pay prior to receiving your financial aid for the term you are abroad.  While most of these expenses (but not all) can be charged to a credit card, we advise students to be sure to do their cost estimate research in advance so they know how much money they need to have available to them the semester prior to studying abroad to help cover these pre-financial aid costs.  Your education abroad and away company program can provide you with all the cost estimate information you need, as well as their various payment deadlines.  If you do not find this information on the company's website, you can call the company's U.S. office.  The good news is, once your financial aid is disbursed, you can use the funds to pay off credit card charges incurred for these expenses.   
  • Sending Financial Aid to a Education Abroad and Away Company: If you are receiving financial aid through MSU, you will still be able to use your aid to pay your education abroad company program fee, but it will be YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to send your financial aid funds to your education abroad and away company once your aid is deposited into your bank account (as long as you have direct deposit activated through your eServcies account).  All education abroad and away companies have some sort of "Financial Aid Verification Form" (although the form goes by different names at different companies), which you will need to have a Student Financial Services Office advisor complete once you have received your financial aid award letter.  You MUST send this form back to your education abroad and away company by their final payment deadline.  Typically this form is available for download through your education abroad and away company 'student portal' (like an eServices account).  But you will not receive a student portal until after you have completed your online application on the education abroad and away company's website (please note that this is a separate requirement from our office's online application requirement!).
  • Final Payment Deadlines: If you are not receiving enough financial aid to cover your full education abroad and away company expenses, you will be required to pay the balance by the education abroad company's payment deadline.