Program Costs

HECUA Program Costs for 2017-2018

The program costs listed below are what HECUA charges for participation in its programs. The final amount that a student pays might be higher and can vary from college to college. Many colleges assess additional fees or charge their own tuition for off-campus programs. Some colleges also have specific financial aid rules for off-campus programs. Therefore, all students should check with the off-campus study office and the financial aid office of their home institution to confirm their final cost for a HECUA program.

International Semester-Long Programs

International semester program costs include tuition and all on-the-ground expenses (e.g. room & board, ground transportation, reading materials, and emergency medical insurance).

Ecuador (Community Internships in Latin America)

  • Member School Cost: $16,700
  • Standard Cost: $17,500

Italy

  • Member School Cost: $18,700
  • Standard Cost: $19,500

New Zealand

  • Member School Cost: $18,900
  • Standard Cost: $19,700

Northern Ireland

  • Member School Cost: $18,700
  • Standard Cost: $19,500

Norway

  • Member School Cost: $19,100
  • Standard Cost: $19,900

January and Summer Term Programs

J-term program fees include tuition, airfare, reading materials, and all on-the-ground expenses (e.g., room & board, ground transportation, and emergency medical insurance). Summer program fees include tuition, reading materials, most meals, and tickets to events and opportunities associated with the program. Race in America is based in Jackson, Mississippi, and round-trip airfare is also included in the overall fee, in addition to room & board and ground transportation.

J-Term Ecuador

  • Member School Cost: $4,350
  • Standard Cost: $4,550

Race in America

  • Member School Cost: $3,500
  • Standard Cost: $3,700

In 2018

  • Member School Cost: $3,600
  • Standard Cost: $3,800

*** Cost Notes for International, Summer, and J-Term Programs

Wondering if your institution is one of HECUA’s member schools? Check the list below.

Member Schools

Augsburg College • Augustana University • Bethel University • Carleton College • College of St. Scholastica • Colorado College • Denison University* • Gustavus Adolphus College • Hamline University• Macalester College • Northland College • Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota • St. Catherine University • St. Olaf College • Swarthmore College • University of Minnesota (Twin Cities, Duluth, Morris, Crookston, Rochester) • University of St. Thomas • Beloit College • Concordia College • Minneapolis Community and Technical College • Peace and Justice Studies Association • University of San Francisco • University of Wisconsin- Madison • Winona State University

*Denison University has a different financial arrangement. Consult your off-campus study office for more information.

USA Semester-Long Programs (16 credits)

All USA semester-long programs are based in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. USA semester program fees include tuition, nearly all reading materials, field visits (including meals while traveling), and tickets to events and opportunities associated with the program.

Art for Social Change

  • Member School Cost, Group A: $8,800
  • Member School Cost, Group B: $13,300 or the tuition of your home institution, whichever is less.
  • Standard Cost: $14,100

Environmental Sustainability

  • Member School Cost, Group A: $8,800
  • Member School Cost, Group B: $13,300 or the tuition of your home institution, whichever is less.
  • Standard Cost: $14,100

Inequality in America

  • Member School Cost, Group A: $8,800
  • Member School Cost, Group B: $13,300 or the tuition of your home institution, whichever is less.
  • Standard Cost: $14,100

Part-Time Semester Long Program: Making Media, Making Change

Making Media, Making Change is a semester-long program based in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, that allows students to remain on their home campuses but also have an immersive, community-based learning experience. Students can add an optional internship to the program for 4 or 8 credits. Part-time program fees include tuition, nearly all reading materials, field visits (including meals while traveling), and tickets to events and opportunities associated with the program.

8 credits

  • Member School Cost, Group A: $5,280
  • Member School Cost, Group B: $7,980
  • Standard Cost: $8,780

8 credits plus 4 credit internship

  • Member School Cost, Group A: $7,040
  • Member School Cost, Group B: $10,640
  • Standard Cost: $11,440

8 credit program plus 8 credit internship

  • Member School Cost, Group A: $8,800
  • Member School Cost, Group B: $13,300
  • Standard Cost: $14,100

*** Cost Notes for US Programs

Not sure if your school is a Group A, Group B, or Standard Cost institution? Refer to our guide below.

Member, Group A

University of Minnesota (Twin Cities, Duluth, Morris, Crookston, Rochester).

Member, Group B

Augsburg College*, Augustana University, Bethel University, Carleton College,  College of St. Scholastica, Colorado College, Gustavus Adolphus College, Hamline University, Macalester College, Northland College, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, St. Catherine University, St. Olaf College, Swarthmore College, University of St. Thomas, Beloit College, Concordia College, Knox College, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, University of San Francisco, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Winona State University.

*unDACAmented students at Augsburg receive a $2100 scholarship from Augsburg that reduces their tuition.

Standard Cost

Denison University, all non-member schools.

A Detailed Look at Program Costs

For a detailed look at HECUA’s program costs, choose one of the following Fees Breakdown documents: 

  1. Costs for international programs for students from member schools: Fee Breakdown #1
  2. Costs for international programs for students from non-member schools: Fee Breakdown #2
  3. Costs for all full-time domestic programs (for U of M, member, and non-member schools): Fee Breakdown #3
  4. Cost for all part-time domestic programs (for U of M, member, and non-member schools): Fee Breakdown #4

HECUA offers three unique scholarships for students applying to HECUA programs. Visit HECUA’s scholarship information page to learn more about the award amounts and about eligibility, and to complete a scholarship application.

Withdrawal Fees

The HECUA application processing fee and program deposit are both non-refundable and non-deferrable.

HECUA makes substantial financial commitments on the students’ behalf well in advance of the start of a program. If a student withdraws from participation, payments due and/or refunds of the comprehensive fee will be based on the schedule outlined below.

Students who find it necessary to withdraw from the program must communicate that decision in writing. They should send a signed letter, an email from the account identified on the program application, or a fax stating the intention to withdraw. For purposes of establishing the refund amount, the official withdrawal date will be based on the date of HECUA’s receipt of the written communication of withdrawal.

The refund schedule is as follows:

Fall Programs

  • Withdrawal notice received: prior to June 1
    • Amount retained by HECUA: Deposit
  • Withdrawal notice received: June 1 – June 30
    • Amount retained by HECUA: Deposit + 25% of comprehensive fee
  • Withdrawal notice received: July 1 – July 16
    • Amount retained by HECUA: Deposit + 50% of comprehensive fee
  • Withdrawal notice received: July 17 – August 14
    • Amount retained by HECUA: Deposit + 75% of comprehensive fee
  • Withdrawal notice received: After August 14
    • Amount retained by HECUA: Deposit + 100% of comprehensive fee

January-Term Programs

  • Withdrawal notice received: prior to November 1
    • Amount retained by HECUA: Deposit
  • Withdrawal notice received: November 1 – November 15
    • Amount retained by HECUA: Deposit + 25% of comprehensive fee
  • Withdrawal notice received: November 16 – December 1
    • Amount retained by HECUA: Deposit + 50% of comprehensive fee
  • Withdrawal notice received: December 1 – December 10
    • Amount retained by HECUA: Deposit + 75% of comprehensive fee
  • Withdrawal notice received: After December 10
    • Amount retained by HECUA: Deposit + 100% of comprehensive fee

Spring Programs

  • Withdrawal notice received: prior to December 1
    • Amount retained by HECUA: Deposit
  • Withdrawal notice received: December 1 – December 15
    • Amount retained by HECUA: Deposit + 25% of comprehensive fee
  • Withdrawal notice received: December 16 – January 1
    • Amount retained by HECUA: Deposit + 50% of comprehensive fee
  • Withdrawal notice received: January 2 – January 10
    • Amount retained by HECUA: Deposit + 75% of comprehensive fee
  • Withdrawal notice received: After January 10
    • Amount retained by HECUA: Deposit + 100% of comprehensive fee

Summer Programs

  • Withdrawal notice received: prior to April 15
    • Amount retained by HECUA: Deposit
  • Withdrawal notice received: April 15 – April 30
    • Amount retained by HECUA: Deposit + 25% of comprehensive fee
  • Withdrawal notice received: May 1 – May 15
    • Amount retained by HECUA: Deposit + 50% of comprehensive fee
  • Withdrawal notice received: After May 15
    • Amount retained by HECUA: Deposit + 100% of comprehensive fee

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