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Study Abroad Fee FAQs

Is my $150 study abroad fee refundable if I do not go on the program?

The study abroad fee of any student who voluntarily withdraws from the program and does not switch to a different program for the same academic year may be nonrefundable/nontransferable.  If a student does not meet the payment schedule for CCS program fees, the study abroad fee may also be nonrefundable.
If the program is cancelled by Spring Arbor University, the fee is refundable or transferable to another CCS program, provided there is an opening on another program.  A portion of the study abroad fee is also refundable if a student is on the waiting list for a program and is not allowed to officially enroll on that program.

When is an experience a “go”?

CCS options must have a minimum number of participants by the end of finals week in May to avoid cancellation at that time.  Also, if enough students drop out of an experience before the final cut-off date in the fall, the CCS office retains the right to cancel the option.  Options can also be cancelled if a U.S. Department of State (DOS) travel advisory indicating risks to security is issued for the country of destination or if safety issues become a concern for that destination. Students will then be asked to sign up for a different experience.  The $150 study abroad fee is transferable to another experience if SAU cancels the option for which students are registered.

What happens if my program “is not a go”?

If SAU cancels a program due to low enrollment or due to a U.S. State Department Travel Advisory or safety concerns, the CCS office will contact you by phone and/or email.   (Airline fees are generally nonrefundable. Students should consider purchasing travel cancellation insurance. SAU will attempt to recover and refund monies paid by students. If students enroll on another open CCS program the study abroad fee is transferrable to the new program.)