Off-Campus Study

Costs and Financial Aid for Off-Campus Programs

  • Costs can vary greatly from program to program. A student receiving financial aid (scholarship, grant, loan) at Lake Forest may be able to use that aid for an off-campus program. In most cases, loans and federal and state grants are transferable to other programs.

    Participants in Lake Forest College-branded, ACM, and affiliated programs on our “Programs We Offer” webpage will pay regular Lake Forest tuition plus other program costs and personal expenses.

    A student may file a petition for a non-affiliated program to be granted transferability of credit and/or aid. Tuition and fees for non-Lake Forest programs vary.  The student must outline in their petition why the program is the best fit for their academic and career goals. Petitions are reviewed by the Off-Campus Program Committee, and are not guaranteed to be approved.  Petitions for programs that are similar to those already on the affiliated off-campus study program list are unlikely to be approved; Semester at Sea is NOT approved. If approved, the student will pay Lake Forest tuition and a program fee before aid can be transferred.

    Billing procedures for all programs will be facilitated by Lake Forest College, allowing students who are participating in approved programs to remain enrolled at the College. Students will be billed by Lake Forest College. The College will, in turn, pay the program sponsor. 

    Financial Aid

    Students may carry financial aid to a TOTAL of two semester programs. Such aid is guaranteed ONLY for Lake Forest-branded, ACM, and programs on the affiliated off-campus study programs list. However, if a student participates in two semesters, one of those semesters MUST be an Exchange.  See Ashley Sinclair for details.

Lake Forest College Programs

(Border Studies, Greece, Loop) ALL Lake Forest College financial aid (with exception of Federal Work Study) will apply automatically with acceptance into the program.

ACM and Affiliated Programs

Students who successfully complete the campus application process by the stated deadlines and who are accepted into an ACM or third party with guaranteed transferability of aid program may carry all their Lake Forest financial aid (with exception of Federal Work Study) to that program. If a student receives an outside scholarship, s/he will have to work with the program sponsor to determine transferability.

Applicants who do not meet campus deadlines may still participate if accepted by program host and approved by the Off-Campus Programs Committee, but they will bear full financial responsibility.

Some sponsoring institutions offer additional financial aid to students participating in their programs. Please contact the Off-Campus Programs office or host program to pursue those possibilities.

Non-Affiliated Programs

Students intending to participate in a program not on our affiliated program list will not be able to transfer their aid.

If a student would like their program to be considered for the affiliated list, they may complete a petition.  Students must meet all requirements and deadlines for off-campus study, and fill out a petition during the application phase, outlining why the current program list does not meet their needs. Multi-country programs, and programs that are similar to those on the current list are not likely to be approved. Petitions will only be reviewed if allowed by the overall College and OCP budgets, and are not guaranteed to be granted.  If they are granted, and the College adds the program to its affiliated program list, students pay their standard Lake Forest tuition plus a program fee based on the preferred program.  If the petition is granted, but the College does not add the program to its affiliated program list, financial aid is not transferable, and students would be responsible for the entire cost of the program.

Loans and most non-Lake Forest grants and scholarships may be transferable to any approved program.

Some sponsoring institutions offer additional financial aid to students participating in their programs. Please contact the Off-Campus Programs office to pursue those possibilities.

Summer Programs

THERE IS NO LAKE FOREST FINANCIAL AID FOR ANY SUMMER PROGRAM. Some outside providers or national competitions may provide financial assistance for summer programs. Contact those sponsors directly.


Students who earn transfer credit from an approved off-campus program and whose financial aid has been applied to that program may not drop—in whole or in part—any such credit without also fully reimbursing the College for all aid transferred to that program.

Withdrawal fees: A penalty fee for withdrawal from any program will apply. This fee may increase as the program beginning date approaches. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the fees for your selected program.  For all programs, it will result in the loss of the deposit with Lake Forest College. For ISEP programs, the fees will depend on the costs incurred by the host institution, and usually are around 10% of the program fee, though may increase.

Tuition Remission Exchange Program (TREP)

If you attend Lake Forest College under the Tuition Remission Exchange Program (ACM schools only), your full tuition benefit will apply only to participation in programs found the “Programs We Offer” page.  Please see the Financial Aid Office to determine level of coverage, and your anticipated out-of-pocket costs.

Other Non-LFC/ACM College Benefits

If you are a dependent of a Lake Forest College employee and believe you are eligible for other non-LFC, non-ACM benefits, please contact the Director of Financial Aid, Jerry Cebrzynski, to verify such eligibility. 

Groner Foundation Grants

Students wishing to apply for a Grace Elizabeth Groner Grant for off-campus service projects must apply directly through the Groner Foundation which is entirely responsible for selection of Recipients. The Foundation office is located next to the CCP/OCP office. Application for this grant is in addition to completing and submitting all required documents for off-campus study.  

 Scholarship Resources

Do check out our own website for possible scholarship opportunities.