Study Away & Financial Aid

Warren Wilson Semester or Year Away Exchange Programs

Warren Wilson College offers numerous, affordable semester and year-long exchange study away programs. When you participate in these Warren Wilson programs you will remain registered at Warren Wilson, pay Warren Wilson tuition, and maintain all of your financial aid including WWC scholarships, institutional, state and federal grants, and loans up to the cost of your Warren Wilson tuition. You will not be awarded funding for your work program participation because you will not be working, but the rest of your aid can be applied to your tuition during your semester or year away with these programs.

Once you have been accepted into a Warren Wilson College exchange semester or year study away program the International Programs Office will notify the Financial Aid Office about your plans. The Financial Aid Office will reevaluate your eligibility for aid. Please begin application process for these programs at least six months in advance.

If your study away application includes forms that require information and signatures from the Financial Aid Office, it is imperative that you bring these documents to the Financial Aid Office no less than two weeks before any deadlines. The Financial Aid Office cannot guarantee completion of forms within your deadline if they are turned in less than two weeks before the day it is due.

Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information about how your aid will be affected by your study away experience.

Warren Wilson Approved Programs with SIT, CIEE, CISabroad, Barcelona SAE, FIE and SEA Semester

If you receive federal and/or state financial aid, you may choose to participate in a School for International Training (SIT) , selected Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) study away programs, Center for International Studies (CISAbroad), Barcelona Study Abroad and Internship Experts (Barcelona SAE), Foundation for International Education (FIE) or SEA Semester while remaining enrolled as a Warren Wilson student (a leave of absence is not necessary for these approved programs). However, you will pay program fees directly to SIT or CIEE, not to Warren Wilson.

You will not receive WWC scholarships, WWC grants, or work credit as part of your financial aid, but your federal loans, federal grants, limited state money and private educational loans may be applied to your costs with SIT, CIEE, CIS, Barcelona SAE, or SEA Semester. In addition, your continued enrollment at WWC will keep all of your educational loans in an “in-school” deferred status. Students must pay an administrative fee to Warren Wilson to remain enrolled.

Once you have received approval to participate in a Warren Wilson approved program with SIT or CIEE, the International Programs Office will notify the Financial Aid Office about your plans. The Financial Aid Office will reevaluate your eligibility for aid. Please begin application process for these programs at least six months in advance.

If your study away application includes forms that require information and signatures from the Financial Aid Office, it is imperative that you bring these documents to the Financial Aid Office no less than two weeks before any deadlines. The Financial Aid Office cannot guarantee completion of forms within your deadline if they are turned in less than two weeks before the day it is due.

Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information about how your aid will be affected by your study away experience.

Non-Warren Wilson Approved Study Away Programs

With prior academic permission, students may take an official Leave of Absence (LOA) to participate in a US-accredited, non-Warren Wilson study away program. If you choose this option, you will not be eligible for any financial aid (institutional, federal, or state) through Warren Wilson College since you will not be registered as a student at WWC. Taking an official LOA allows you to return as a continuing student at WWC, register for classes on time, and maintain eligibility for potential scholarship renewal.

Once you have received academic permission to participate in a non-WWC approved study away program, the International Programs Office will notify the Financial Aid Office about your LOA plans.

Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information about how your aid will be affected by your study away experience.

Loan Repayment

Please note that if you choose a non-Warren Wilson study away program that requires a Leave of Absence from WWC, any federal student loans you have will enter repayment after a six-month grace period. The six-month grace period begins with your last day of class attendance at WWC. After this grace period you will have to begin repayment immediately. Only when you are enrolled as a student at least half-time in a degree-seeking program will the loans be deferred.

Private educational loans may also become due and payable. Check with your lender.