Financial Aid for SAGE

Yes. When approved for participation by the Committee on Study Abroad, students remain eligible for institutional, federal, and state financial aid, including grants, scholarships, and loans with one exception—Federal Work-Study. Earning Federal Work-Study is only possible while enrolled in an on-campus program.

Because students cannot earn Federal Work-Study while studying off-campus, the financial aid office will remove your unused work-study from your financial aid award to allow you to borrow more of your unused eligibility for Federal Direct Loans if you wish to borrow. This award change will occur shortly before you begin participation in a SAGE program, you will receive a notification of a change to your award when it happens.

If you are participating in the SAGE program for only one semester and you would prefer to earn more than one-half of your Federal Work-Study award while you are on campus, you may do so.

As fully-enrolled Scripps College students, SAGE participants continue to pay the same Scripps semester comprehensive fee for tuition and room and board as every other semester on campus, regardless of the program chosen.

The College’s comprehensive fees cover the following expenses while participating in a semester away program:

  • tuition;
  • room and board while classes are in session;
  • contribution toward round-trip airfare based on travel between Los Angeles and the program site, for the dates of the program;
  • International Student Identity Card or equivalent;
  • a basic medical and accident insurance policy while abroad, and
  • support for administering SAGE programs at the College.

The Office of Financial Aid will increase your estimated cost of attendance for financial aid purposes by $500 for each semester you participate in the SAGE program.  This is not a charge to your student account, but rather an allowance in the cost of attendance we use to build your financial aid award. Increasing your cost of attendance by this amount will allow you to access additional unused Federal Direct Loan eligibility should you wish to do so.  The $500 is intended to help with expenses related to passports, visas, and required inoculations that some students may incur.