Steven Rubin, ace WSO hacker, writes:

“Study-Away Fee

Beginning with the 2010-11 academic year, students who enroll in a program off campus for a semester or year will incur an administrative fee of $1,500. It’ll be added to the cost of attendance and therefore covered by financial aid. Exceptions are for enrollment in Williams programs: the Williams-Exeter Program at Oxford, Williams-Mystic, Williams in Africa.”

http://www.williams.edu/admin/president/letters/090910_changes.php

I’m abroad right now and it seems like I’m largely responsible for most of my own study-away bureaucracy (finding a program, applying, filling out tons of forms for the college, etc.). The only intervention from the college was a ten minute meeting with the Dean and the approval from the CAS. Some schools change full tuition for study-abroad programs (rather than study-abroad program tuition, which tends to be lower), so we’re still lucky. I just hope that this additional cost doesn’t prevent any future students from going abroad.

Discuss.

This strikes me as a backhanded attempt to raise tuition for rich students. Not that there is anything wrong with that!

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