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This page outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for affiliated BU programs, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your published BU materials and requirements for the most current information and instructions.

Feel free to contact Krista Bethel if you have any questions not addressed in the sections below.

  • Deposit

    After you are accepted to an BU program, you will be required to pay a deposit directly to BU to confirm your place on the program. This deposit is your responsibility to pay; Northwestern cannot pay or waive study abroad program deposits for students.

  • Northwestern Invoice

    Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your BU program fee and the NU study abroad administrative fee. You can find estimated NU-billed charges and other expenses on your program page; refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.

    • BU Deposit:  If you paid a confirmation deposit, it will be credited to your NU account after BU has confirmed the payment.
    • BU Travel Credit:  If you will not participate in the program's group flight, your flight credit will be posted on your NU account after BU has confirmed your independent flight. (This may not happen until after the start of the BU term.)
    • BU Scholarships:  If you were awarded a scholarship from BU, the funds will not be sent to Northwestern. You should request to have the funds disbursed directly to you through your BU Student Link account. (This option may not be available until the start of your program.)
    • NU Financial Aid:  If you receive financial aid and/or loans, these funds will continue to apply directly to your NU account.

    If you are enrolled in the Northwestern 9PAY payment plan, you may still use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but the amount you owe each month may be different. Contact Krista Bethel just before your study abroad term for a billing estimate to calculate your 9PAY payments.

  • Other BU Charges

    Because your program fee will be billed through your Northwestern account, you should not receive a separate invoice from BU for your program's tuition, housing, or flight. Additional fees may apply for certain courses, housing add-ons, field trips, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying these fees directly to BU.

  • BU Scholarships

    NU students are encouraged to pursue outside scholarships for study abroad, including those offered by Boston University. This may require you to add Boston University to your FAFSA (school #002130), in addition to Northwestern. Doing so will not have any impact on your NU financial aid application.

    If you are awarded a scholarship from BU, you should request to have the funds disbursed directly to you through your BU Student Link account. (This option may not be available until the start of your program.) Your BU scholarship cannot be sent to Northwestern.

    Contact BU directly with any questions about applications, requirements, or deadlines. If your application requires a financial aid certification, send it to Krista Bethel in the financial aid office.