» Costs and Financial Aid

Students participating on semester and academic year abroad programs through the Center for Global Education remain enrolled at Chapman University and will pay through the Business Office at Chapman. See below for information on costs, financial aid, and budgeting. 

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Student Costs & Billing

Chapman students pay Chapman tuition, (sometimes) room, and (sometimes) board through the Chapman Business Office for any semester or academic year abroad program. The most updated costs are available at the Student Business Services. Additionally a $500 Study Abroad Fee applies. The room fees are based on a double room fee at Chapman. Students are only billed for a meal plan if a meal plan is offered with the program. The benefit is that by remaining enrolled at Chapman while abroad, students continue to utilize Chapman institutional aid for All Aid programs as well as Federal and State financial aid for all programs (see next section). Students will also receive Chapman credit and grades for the semester(s) they are abroad.

In addition to tuition, housing and meals (where applicable), Chapman fees include many services provided by the host program or institution, such as comprehensive health insurance, an in-country orientation, cultural activities, field trips, etc. Each program varies somewhat and students should refer to their specific program materials and websites for information on what their program covers.

Students do not pay tuition or program fees directly to study program (e.g. AIFS, Arcadia, Semester at Sea, Temple). Any fees for tuition, room, or housing in an individual program provider catalog or websites are not relevant to Chapman students. Students may pay directly to their program for optional add-ons such as excursions, flight packages, and refundable deposits (see section below).

Special note for housing and meals billing:

  • Housing fees for study abroad students are based on the double room dormitory rate at Chapman for that semester. Therefore, for those programs that have a range of choices in housing, students opting for more expensive accommodation (i.e. a single room-as requested, double outer cabin with porthole, etc.) will be expected to cover the difference between the standard and higher cost option.
  • If you are charged for a meal plan and do not receive one as part of your program abroad, we will reverse the Chapman meal plan fee on your account if you convey this information in writing (e-mail) to the Center for Global Education.
  • Conversely, if you are not billed a meal plan by Chapman and you select to add on optional or supplemental meal plan provided by the program, you will need to pay these fees directly to the program provider.

Withdrawal Policy:

Chapman students will be held to their program provider or host institution's refund policies in the event that they select to withdraw or are withdrawn by staff due to eligibility reasons after they have been accepted. View the refund policies on our website by program.

Applying Financial Aid & Scholarships

Chapman students may apply some or all of their financial aid on semester and academic year programs. Programs fall under two categories of the level of aid applicability:

  • All Aid programs allow Chapman students to utilize their entire financial aid package, including Federal, State, and Chapman funding (with the exception of work/study).
  • Federal and State Aid Only programs allow students to apply only Federal and State financial aid (with the exception of work/study) and continue to pay their regular Chapman University comprehensive fee. If a student with Chapman aid goes on a Federal and State Aid Only program, their Chapman aid will be reinstated when they return back to campus as long as they meet the eligibility requirements.

The application of financial aid to the Chapman University tuition, room, and board bill will be conducted in-house through Financial Aid. Students are responsible for any outstanding balances.

Veterans and dependents of veterans must follow the Department of Veteran Affairs for use of benefits for study abroad.

In addition to financial aid, there are a variety of outside study abroad scholarship opportunities available. Please note these scholarships have various deadlines and award methods and must be arranged independently with the scholarship provider.

Program and Housing Deposits

Students on certain semester programs may incur a program deposit fee and/or a refundable housing deposit fee, which are paid directly to the program provider prior to departure. See the chart below to determine if your program requires a deposit payment from the student or if Chapman University will pay the deposit.

Program Deposit Chart

Program/Host Institution



Chapman University pays program deposit; Chapman pays utility fees for Florence students


Chapman University pays confirmation payment. Student pays application deposit, housing security deposit, partially refunded minus basic cleaning and maintenance.


Chapman University pays program deposit

Anglo American University

Application fee and security deposit are waived


Application fee and security deposit are waived

Franklin University

Student pays refundable housing deposit


Chapman University pays program deposit


Students use link in Global Gateway application instructions to waive application deposit; Chapman pays housing commitment fee; student pays refundable housing deposit fee for University of Roehampton.


Student pays application fee paid; Chapman will reimburse a portion of the application fee

Macquarie University

Chapman University pays refundable housing deposit


Student pays program deposit and refunded later

Semester at Sea

Chapman University pays program deposit


Chapman University pays program deposit

Spanish Studies Abroad

Chapman University pays program deposit

Suffolk University

Application fee waived for Chapman students

Temple University

Student pays program and housing deposits and refunded later

Theatre Academy London

Chapman University pays program deposit

University of Limerick

Student pays refundable housing deposit

Washington Program

Chapman University pays program deposit


Flights are purchased independently and are not included in Chapman University billing. Some students will have the option to book group flights via their programs. In those cases, costs should be paid directly to the program. It is recommended you wait until your official acceptance and arrival dates from the program before purchasing a flight.

STA Travel offers student flight deals including the book now pay later program. STA Travel is not affiliated with Chapman University. 

Other Possible Expenses

Additional expenses such as, but not limited to: passport, visa, textbooks, extra lab or course fees, extracurricular activities, etc. are not covered in the Chapman University billing fees and are the responsibility of the student. 

If you pursue an independent study, reading and conference or online course while abroad in conjunction with a Chapman University faculty member or through the main campus you will be assessed an overload fee.


Study Abroad Budget Worksheets are available to download or in hard copy in the CGE office to help students budget for additional costs. Use these guide to determine an estimate of the total cost for study abroad before you go and while abroad.

Also, check out Chapman students' suggestions in Creative Ways of Fundraising to Study Abroad.

In addition, Go Overseas has developed the "Ultimate Student Guide to Financing Your Life Abroad" e-book available for free download. Learn tips on how to budget and save up for study abroad, forms of money to use while abroad, handling money emergencies and scams while abroad, and budgeting for cell phone use while abroad.