Funding + Financing

Study abroad isn't cheap but it doesn't have to be cost prohibitive either.  The cost of studying abroad varies greatly depending the type and length of the program and the destination.  With the right information and advanced planning, most students can afford to study away.

Trinity Students

Different types of programs - Trinity vs. Approved External Programs

Trinity students can choose from about 100 study away programs that have been vetted and approved by the college.  These study away programs fall into two categories: Trinity College programs and Approved programs.

The cost of the Trinity programs is in line with the comprehensive fee here in Hartford but with some modifications to some programs in regards to housing and meals.  Details on the Trinity program costs and what is included can be found on the respective program pages on this website.  

Students interested in studying in an  Approved External program will not be billed by Trinity for tuition but will be billed for the Study Away Fee.  Students will receive a bill directly from the program for the program costs.

Consider your program destination and know what is included:

With all of the study away options that Trinity College offers its students, costs can vary considerably.  Be sure you know exactly what is included in the cost of the program (meals, transportation, medical insurance, etc)In addition to the program costs, it is important to be aware of any additional costs such as travel to/from the program, visa fees and the cost of living at the program location. 

Study Away Fee

The Study Away Fee is a college fee charged  to students attending Approved External study away programs. 

The fee covers administrative​ services provided to students attending Approved External programs.  The fee is charged through the regular College billing process and is not covered by institutional grant aid.  If needed,  a loan can be applied to cover this fee.  Students must pay this fee before the transfer credits from their program will be processed and before they will be able to register for classes at Trinity for the following semester.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

The same federal and state aid, institutional scholarships, grants and loans that are available to your student at Trinity can also contribute to funding their study away experience.  If your student receives any financial assistance, be sure to consult with the financial aid office to learn more.  Your students aid will apply to their study abroad program, as long as the program is approved by the college and the Office of Study Away.
Increase or Decrease to Aid
Students who receive financial aid or scholarships to attend Trinity can apply that aid to their program abroadEach student’s financial aid package will be evaluated on the basis of his or her revised budget for the study away program (including round-trip transportation and personal expenses).  Family contribution will be calculated using the same procedures used for study on campus. If your child's program is more expensive than studying on campus, your family contribution will increase.  There is no increase to the family contribution if you study on a Trinity  program.  If your child's​​s program is less expensive than studying on campus, your aid will decrease.

Study Abroad Scholarships 
Receiving an outside  scholarship may reduce the amount of loan needed,  can reduce your family contribution, or reduce the Trinity grant. There are numerous scholarships available that can be either need based, merit based, or for a particular program or for a specific country or language.
For a complete listing of undergraduate study abroad scholarships,  visit the website for the Institute for International Education (IIE) at

Billing Information

Students studying on Trinity programs will be billed by Trinity on the same schedule and in the same manner.

Students studying in an Approved External program will be billed directly by the program and the study away fee will billed by Trinity.  If your student receives any financial assistance at Trinity, a copy of the bill should be sent to the Trinity Financial Aid Office and the student should pay their portion directly to the program.

Visiting Students

Students from other institutions applying to study away on a Trinity program will find the program cost and billing information on this website under the respective program.  If students receive any financial assistance to attend their home school they should find out how this will apply to a Trinity College program.  Trinity does not offer any scholarships or financial aid with the exception of  a courtesy discount that is available for the Trinity Rome Campus (please see the Rome campus web page for details).

Summer programs

The costs of summer study away programs vary by the length of the program and the amount of credit earned.  Some select programs offer scholarships, but federal and state financial aid money does not apply since the program is not during the academic year.

Students interested in studying on a summer program should contact the Summer Study Away Advisor in the Office of Study Away.​​