LASP Semester Costs, 2017-18

HOW DOES BILLING WORK FOR LASP PARTICIPATION?

The Latin American Studies Program (LASP) is an extension campus of each member institution of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU); each school grants the academic credit for program participation.

The CCCU invoices campuses for the cost of LASP participation and in turn campuses bill their students following the campus' established policies and procedures. (For example, some schools charge the exact fees of the off-campus program, other schools charge the campus tuition price, while others charge full on-campus fees plus an additional off-campus study fee. And there's every variation in between!)

Since each school determines their own policies regarding off-campus study costs and the applicability of institutional scholarships and other aid, you should confirm your school's policies with the Off-Campus Study Coordinator on your campus.

HOW MUCH DO I PAY & WHAT'S INCLUDED?

Deposits:
Typically the only expenses LASP participants pay directly to the CCCU are the application fee ($50) and the non-refundable confirmation fee ($300, deducted from the total housing fee at invoicing).

Program Fees:
About six weeks before each semester begins, the CCCU sends participation invoices to each school.  For the 2017-18 school year, that bill will feature the below LASP semester costs. 

LASP Program Fees

 Instructional Fees**

 $9,400

 Room & Board

 3,000

 TOTAL LASP FEES:

$12,400

Confirmation Deposits ($300)
BALANCE OF LASP FEES: $12,100

Keep in mind the total program costs billed to you through your school may differ, depending on your campus's policies. 

Note: Schools or individuals who pay with a credit card will also be charged a credit card service fee.

Expenses covered by LASP fees:

  • Recommended 16-18 hours of academic credit (18th hour with prior campus and program approval)
  • Housing, including laundry
  • Board
  • All necessary expenses during required program-related travel, including immigration & visa expenses (non-US citizens are reimbursed up to the cost for US citizens).

Additional anticipated expenses:
(Anticipated expenses are estimates, which will be updated should local costs shift significantly.  You may spend more/less depending on your personal spending habits.)

  • Roundtrip travel between home and San Jose, Costa Rica
  • iNext ($35, if purchased through BestSemester) OR International Student Identification Card (ISIC; some campuses process ISICs). Students on international programs are required to have iNext or ISIC.
  • Health insurance, valid for length of stay/program dates
  • Personal medical expenses, if incurred; including preparatory vaccinations
  • Personal discretionary expenditures, including personal travel and local buses (Recommend $800-900)
  • Passport (required for program application)

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

Latin American Studies Program participants are responsible to book their own travel between their homes and the program. Students must plan travel arrangements to allow for participation in all required program activities. Program housing is not available outside of program dates.

LASP staff will meet students at the airport (within a given timeframe) in San José, Costa Rica and transport them to LASP's orientation location. LASP students will receive all the information needed for travel, including specific arrival and departure timeframes, before departure for Costa Rica.

WHAT ABOUT FINANCIAL AID?

You can expect to use all of your Federal and State financial aid to study off-campus through the BestSemester programs. Additionally, most (but not all) campuses allow students to transfer some or all of their institutional financial aid, scholarships and grants to BestSemester programs.

Contact your Off-Campus Study Coordinator, Financial Aid Office, or other applicable office on your campus for more information and to determine how much financial aid can be applied to your off-campus semester. As anticipated expenses for your off-campus semester most likely differ from an on-campus semester, be sure to bring this page so you can adjust your financial aid statement of need.

Limited financial aid in the form of student employment is available and payment can be deposited into your U.S. bank account.  Please contact Program Coordinator Britney Villhauer (Britney@lasp.co.cr) to inquire about openings during the semester for which you are applying. Financial aid is not guaranteed, is based on demonstration of financial need, and is awarded on a rolling basis.

WHAT IF I'M ACCEPTED THEN LATER DECIDE TO WITHDRAW MY LASP PARTICIPATION?

We hope this doesn't happen!  Just in case...You need to know the BestSemester Withdrawal/Refund Policy.

WHAT IF I DON'T ATTEND A CCCU INSTITUTION?

(First of all, double-check. Click here to find out if you attend a CCCU school.)

Students must be enrolled full-time on a "home" campus in order to participate in LASP. If you do not attend a CCCU school, your campus may be willing to enter a one-term consortium agreement with the CCCU to allow your participation.** If not, we will try to help you enroll as a guest student through a CCCU school. Please contact the Latin American Studies Program (lasp@bestsemester.com) during or prior to the application phase to discuss your participation.