NIS Semester Costs - Spring 2018
HOW DOES BILLING WORK FOR PARTICIPATION?
The Northern Ireland Semester (NIS) 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 participation in NIS 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?
Typically, the only expenses NIS participants pay directly to the CCCU are the application fee ($50), the non-refundable confirmation fee ($300, deducted from the total housing fee at invoicing), and the $100 refundable security/damages deposit (this is paid prior to or upon arrival in Washington, DC).
About six weeks before each semester begins, the CCCU sends participation invoices to each home campus. The NIS program fees for Spring 2018 are as follows:
|Room & Board||$5,500|
TOTAL PROGRAM FEES:
|BALANCE of PROGRAM FEES:||$17,300|
**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 program fees:
- Recommended 15-16 hours of academic credit
- Room & Board
- All necessary transportation, lodging, and food expenses for program-related travel
- Laundry facilities available at no cost (including detergent)
- Bus card for 10 round trips to city center
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.)
- Round trip airfare to/from the program (estimated at $1200)
- Bus fare (over the allotted 10 passes)
- iNext Card* ($35; if purchased through BestSemester) OR International Student Identification Card (ISIC; some campuses process ISIC cards for their students)
- Health insurance, valid for entire length of stay/program dates
- Personal medical expenses, if incurred
- Personal discretionary expenditures (not including personal travel); estimated $650 for the semester (this will depend on how the student lives currently)
* iNext or International Student Identification Card (ISIC). BestSemester requires all students participating in international programs to hold a valid iNext or International Student Identity Card (ISIC). This is a supplementary ID card that provides, among other benefits, special insurance if you were to need a medical evacuation back to the United States. BestSemester will process an iNext, if your home campus does not issue iNext or ISIC. Details will be provided upon acceptance. Note that you will be required to provide a clear photocopy or an electronic copy of your iNext or ISIC, if you purchase from your home campus.
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 another 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.
WHAT IF I'M ACCEPTED THEN LATER DECIDE TO WITHDRAW MY 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 ASP. 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 DC programs administrator (202.548.5201) during or prior to the application phase to discuss your participation.