The following points describe the billing policy for most students studying off campus.

If you have any questions regarding your student account, please call the Billing & Student Accounts Office at 717-358-4213.

To view the detailed recording and slides from the September 23, 2020 "F&M OCS Finances 101" webinar, please access this folder using your F&M email address.

Tuition Fees

For programs taking place during the academic year, students will be billed their normal F&M tuition and in turn, F&M will pay the off-campus study program's tuition.

Families who wish to use the monthly payment plan through Tuition Management Systems (TMS) may do so for tuition fees billed by F&M.


Non-Tuition Fees

All other non-tuition fees (program fees, housing, insurance, etc.) will be billed directly from the program to the student. These costs are not included in F&M's tuition and are therefore not included on the F&M tuition bill.

Non-tuition fees that are paid to the host program cannot be included in the Tuition Management Systems (TMS) monthly plan. Contact the program directly to determine if they offer a monthly plan for payment of non-tuition fees.


Additional Fees

Additional Tuition Fees:

During the academic year, the cost for field trips, study tours, and labs that are a required part of a course taken for credit in an off-campus study program will be paid for by Franklin & Marshall as part of tuition. (There are some restrictions regarding study tours with DIS.) Discuss these options with your OCS Advisor to fully understand what costs will be covered by your tuition.

Additional Non-Tuition Fees:

Students should also expect to budget for items not included in the non-tuition fees billed by the program. These can include passport feesvisa feesimmunizationstravel to/from program sitebooksmeals, and personal travel and expenses. Students are encouraged to view estimates of these additional costs, which are available on the program webpages or can be provided by the program. Students are also encouraged to disclose budgetary concerns with the OCS Advisor in order to be directed to programs with more affordable non-tuition costs and lower costs of living.


Program Deposits

Students will pay any required program deposits to the off-campus study program. In most cases, the deposits will be credited to non-tuition fees (such as housing). If this is not possible, the deposit will be credited to the student's tuition bill from Franklin & Marshall.


Using F&M Financial Aid for Off-Campus Study

During the academic year, students will continue to be eligible for financial aid during a term of off-campus study. This includes loans and gift aid received from federal, institutional and state sources. Your annual estimated family contribution as generated by your FAFSA will remain the same regardless of program costs.

Students who receive Grant-in-Aid benefits will continue to access these benefits for the semester off campus. This benefit is only available to students of eligible full-time F&M faculty and staff. Students who receive Tuition Exchange benefits will continue to access these benefits for the semester off campus.

Students whose financial aid award exceeds the amount of F&M tuition will be sent a refund, which may be used to pay the program for the non-tuition fees billed. Refunds are typically calculated approximately two weeks after the start of F&M's semester, and refunds will be mailed to the student's home address unless otherwise specified. If you wish to have the refund mailed to you at another address or mailed directly to your Off-Campus Study program, talk to the F&M Financial Aid office.


Additional Scholarships

In addition to the financial aid you typically receive from F&M, you may be eligible for additional scholarships. Please see our Awards webpage for a list of potential scholarships for off-campus study (summer, semester, and academic year). The sources listed are not exhaustive but do offer a wide range of scholarship possibilities. Many scholarships have early deadlines, so be sure to start early and plan accordingly. Consult your OCS Advisor for guidance and more information.

Please note that any outside scholarship must be reported to the Office of Financial Aid at Franklin & Marshall and may change the amount of aid you receive from the College.


Summer Programs

Students participating in off-campus study programs during the summer term will be billed for the full cost of the program by the program. Franklin & Marshall will not be involved in the billing process.

The exception to this are F&M's Summer Travel Courses, which are led by F&M faculty and for F&M students only. These programs are listed as "F&M in .........", and students in these programs will be billed by the F&M business office.