Wheaton-affiliated Programs Abroad
Students participating in Wheaton-affiliated programs abroad who pay tuition, room and board charges directly to Wheaton, may use their financial aid award and academic scholarships to fund these programs. The only portion of a student's award that is not available for use in a Wheaton-affiliated program abroad is the work award; Wheaton does not replace these funds unless a student has eligibility for an increased federal Stafford Loan. Wheaton's Center for Global Education has significantly expanded the number of Wheaton's program affiliations; qualified Wheaton students may now enroll in a Wheaton program abroad in many countries around the world. Additional program affiliations are considered each year, in response to student and faculty interest. Program affiliations are also periodically reviewed and may be discontinued. To obtain a current list of Wheaton-affiliated programs abroad, contact the Center for Global Education directly.
Wheaton-affiliated Programs in the U.S. (Domestic)
Wheaton maintains affiliations with a very limited number of specialty programs located in the United States. Students participating in Wheaton-affiliated programs in the United States pay tuition and room and board charges directly to Wheaton, and may use their financial aid award and academic scholarships to fund these programs. The portion of a student's award that is not available for use in a domestic Wheaton-affiliated program is the work award; Wheaton does not replace these funds unless a student has eligibility for an increased federal Stafford Loan. A current list of Wheaton-affiliated programs in the United States may be obtained from the Academic Advising Center.
Non-affiliated Programs Abroad
Students may petition for approval to attend non-affiliated programs abroad. If the student's program is approved, he or she may apply for need-based financial aid based on the program cost (not to exceed Wheaton's cost).
In addition to completing the financial aid application process, students approved to participate in a non-affiliated study abroad program need to complete a Study Away Cost Verification form which works as a consortium agreement between Wheaton and the student's study away host school.
Institutional need-based grant aid for non-affiliated programs is limited. In years when the demand for financial support for non-affiliated programs exceeds available dollars, the college may reduce awards, or may limit support to one semester. Merit awards and academic scholarships may not be used for non-affiliated programs abroad. This includes: Balfour, Trustee and Community Scholarships in addition to Centennial, and Dean's Awards, and Tuition Assistance Grants.
Non-affiliated Programs in the U.S. (Domestic)
Although remaining eligible for federal and state aid, students attending approved but non-affiliated programs in the United States are not eligible for institutional funding (need-based grant or academic scholarship) or work awards. This includes the 12X and American University (Washington Semester) programs.
Exceptions to this policy are for the programs at the National Theatre Institute and the Mystic Maritime Program, for which a student may apply for need-based grant funding only. Academic Scholarships may not be used for NTI or Mystic.
Wheaton funding (merit and need-based) is available only for programs during the fall and spring semesters. Students interested in participating in short-term programs (summer or winter) may contact Student Financial Services to determine if they have any remaining federal or state eligibility for use on these programs.
Study-away policies are reviewed yearly and are subject to change.