Information for Parents

Funding the SFS Experience

Studying abroad is an investment in both education and professional development. Our alumni can attest to the value of an SFS program.

Read more Alumni Stories.

SFS strives to make study abroad affordable, but planning and budgeting is a critical step in the process. We recommend that students start early and plan ahead for their study abroad experience. We award over $650,000 in need-based scholarships and grants each year, and about 90% of students who apply for SFS aid receive it.  Learn more about SFS Financial Aid.

Study Abroad Programs are a Once-In-A-Lifetime Experience

“Study abroad programs in general are a once-in-a-lifetime experience that can have a tremendous impact on the development of young people. Having the opportunity to pursue a semester abroad as part of a field study program in my opinion magnifies the value. I have no doubt my son will look back on this experience as the most important semester of his education in shaping who he is and what he wants to do in the future.”

Daniel Brown, Parent of Ryan Brown

Turks & Caicos Spring ’17

Our program fees cover a comprehensive list of pre-program and on-program services and expenses, including the following:

  • Pre-Departure advising services from the SFS Admissions Department
  • Visa and travel coordination
  • Accommodations at the field station or at hotels, inns, or research stations during program expeditions
  • All daily meals
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off and on-site orientation
  • Field excursions and expeditions, including park entrance and research fees, and program-related ground transportation
  • 24-hour support and emergency assistance from on-site residential staff
  • Emergency medical evacuation
  • Official transcript with 16-18 credits for semester programs, 4-8 credits for summer, and 3 credits for winter programs

For complete course budgets, including out-of-pocket expenses, please visit our Program Costs and Billing page. Here you can also learn more about the billing process, schedule, and refund policies.

Questions about Billing?

For questions about billing, please contact Student Billing at 978.219.5109 or