Finances






Payment

In order to secure your place in a field school, a $500 nonrefundable deposit payment is required.  However, you can pay the deposit payment only after your application was approved by the field school director.  The tuition cost for your field school will cover your expenses in the field and the 8 semester credit units through Connecticut College.  Cost of travel to and from your field school meeting point is not covered.  Most – but not all – field schools require that you pay for your own food during weekends (when students are away from the site and its kitchen facilities).  Personal expenses (such as gifts to family & friends, phone calls, etc.) are not covered by your tuition payment.  Payments differ by program.

Payments may be made by check, cashier check or our online payment system.  Paystubs for check payments are required and will be provided during the enrollment process.  If you choose to pay by check, please make your check payable to the “Institute for Field Research” and write your program name on the memo line.

The IFR accepts all major credit cards and there is a 2% service fee charged for all credit card transactions.  Final payment for your Tuition is due by April 2.

Financial aid recipients who have submitted all financial aid documents by the appropriate deadlines are exempt from the final payment deadline.

Financial aid recipients must pay their program balance in full at least ten (10) days prior to the program start date.

 

 

 

Financial Aid

Many universities allow students to take institutional financial aid off campus.  Check with the Financial Aid office at your school to see what aid you can apply to your IFR field school.  Explore your eligibility for additional funds – including loans – through your home school before applying to an IFR field school.  The Study Abroad office at your home institution may be of help and can be a good source of information.  Because the credit units you earn for your IFR field school will likely be accepted at your home institution and applied towards your degree, your school should be able to process a Stafford Loan or other federal/state sources of support to assist your IFR participation.

Most IFR field schools run during the summer.  Your annual financial aid package may be augmented (through additional allocation of funds) to cover the costs of tuition, estimated airfare and spending money.  The summer is usually considered the first term of the academic year but policies may be different at your home institution. Please consult with your home institution about availability, eligibility and home campus deadlines for Financial Aid requests.

If you do plan to use Financial Aid to pay any portion of your field school costs, please follow these four steps: 

1. Consult with a Financial Aid officer at your home institution regarding eligibility, availability and type of financial package.  Complete all relevant paperwork.

2. Apply to an IFR field school.  Once accepted, you will be sent an enrollment packet.  Complete and send with your nonrefundable $500 Deposit Fee to secure a spot in the program.

3. Download the IFR Financial Aid Agreement  Carefully read and make sure you understand the legal obligations you are taking upon yourself.  Sign, date, scan and send as an email attachment to info@ifrglobal.org.  Once received, the form will be reviewed and IFR representative will sign on our behalf.  A copy will be sent to you, usually within 36 hours. 

4. Once Financial Aid funds are dispersed to you, forward balance of payment to the IFR.  You will not be allowed to attend the field school if we do not receive your full field school payment five days prior to the beginning of your program. 

Important note: Federal financial aid must be dispersed directly to you. The IFR and Connecticut College cannot accept direct federal financial aid on your behalf as you matriculate at your home institution. Federal financial aid may be dispersed to you first and it is your responsibility to use the funds and pay for the costs of the field school.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your participation in any of our field schools, the following policy applies.

  • If you did not pay deposit and tuition, you were allocated no spot at the field school.  You need to do nothing.
  • If you paid the $500 deposit, it is nonrefundable.
  • Tuition is refundable until April 2; it is nonrefundable thereafter.
  • If you paid the $500 deposit but decided not to attend the field school, you must notify the IFR of your intention by sending a Letter of Cancelation to the Institute for Field Research. 
  • Failure to inform the IFR of program cancelation by the April 2 deadline (see above) will result in a bill for the full cost of tuition.  You will be held liable for the full tuition costs and your bill will be sent to a collection agency. 

In the event that a field school is cancelled by the Institute for Field Research, all enrolled students will be notified immediately and given a full refund of Tuition costs, including the $500 deposit.