Financing Your Trip

Program Cost

SUNY Old Westbury’s exchange programs allow students to maintain full matriculation for the duration of the semester or year. Old Westbury students pay the tuition, campus fees, program fee, and room and board to SUNY Old Westbury. The additional cost to the student often includes meals, round trip airfare, international health insurance, local travel and non-academic excursions. Students enrolled at a different SUNY campus will be required to pay tuition and campus fees to their home campus. All additional charges will be paid directly to SUNY Old Westbury.

The cost of a study abroad experience and/or a faculty-lead program can vary. Students are responsible for reviewing their program’s literature to know exactly what is and what is not included in the cost.

Program Billing

Application fee--Students should submit a check (made payable to SUNY Old Westbury) at the time of application.

  • Initial deposit should be paid directly to the State University of New York at Old Westbury once the student is accepted to the program. A deposit is usually required to hold the student’s place in the program and is most often non-refundable.
  • Program fee balance – Upon receipt of an invoice, the student will make payment for the balance to the program. Financial aid funds, if any, are then credited to the student’s account. A bill is sent to the billing address on file with the Office of the Registrar for the remaining balance due. Most financial aid funds are directly credited to your student account. However, special arrangements must be made for any scholarship or loan checks.

Cancellation/Refund Policies

It is each student’s responsibility to know what the cancellation policies are for his/her program. Students are responsible for all payments. Withdrawing from most programs once they have begun often does not result in any refund of charges. Withdrawing from most programs prior to departure results in forfeited deposits and any pre-paid program expenses. Carefully review your program’s literature for its refund and cancellation policies.

Financial Aid

Your financial aid awards must be reviewed to determine whether or not the type of funding offered to you may be applied for off-campus study in an approved program and/or if the amount offered require adjustment.

While most financial aid can be applied to the cost of the study abroad program, college work study and TAP may not be used. Keep in mind that grants and scholarships may be reduced if your program’s tuition is less than the cost of full-time tuition on campus. Contact your financial aid advisor early in the year. Remember, summer aid reduces fall aid. You do not want to be short of funds in the fall.


Old Westbury’s students have the opportunity to apply for the International Education Scholarship. This scholarship is made available through funds raised by the Old Westbury College Foundation Inc. through its annual International Partnership Awards luncheon. For information, please contact the Office of International Enrollment Services.

Student may also find organizations that sponsor scholarships for study abroad by searching the internet. Here are a few websites: