Investing in your future

Affording a Semester

The impact of attending an immersive, high-value Traveling School program extends beyond the semester and builds future changemakers.  We believe any motivated young woman – regardless of her family’s financial standing – should have the opportunity to amplify her voice and develop her confidence. That’s why we offer need-based financial aid to help applicants achieve a Traveling School semester. 

in Financial Aid Distributed


Semester Tuition


Enrollment Deposit (returned if unused)


Recommended semester spending money


Additional expenses (plane ticket, gear, passport)* 

$1000 – $2500

*Additional expenses vary by semester location. Rental gear is available. Contact The Traveling School for further information.

54% of student body receives Financial Aid

Help make your semester a reality with a Personal Savings Plan

Tuition Payment Plans available to all families

Financial Aid

The Traveling School works with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment to process financial aid applications so we can make accurate award decisions based on your family’s financial need. The Traveling School is solely responsible for determining the final aid award; the analysis completed by FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment serves as a recommendation only.

Read our FACTS Financial Aid Application Guide to learn how to open an application. 

    • Financial Aid Applications are due by February 8, 2021
    • There is a non-refundable $35 fee to open an application with FACTS
    • Financial aid can only be used for tuition (not additional expenses)
    • Students of families seeking financial aid are required to submit a Personal Savings Plan by February 8, 2021

Personal Savings Plan

The Traveling School highly recommends that all applicants create a Personal Savings Plan to demonstrate intention, dedication and participation in preparing for the financial investment of a semester. Use the resources below to create a personalized roadmap to your Traveling School experience.

Tuition Payment Plans

The Traveling School works with FACTS Tuition Management to provide flexible payment options to all families. With FACTS online tuition management, families can make tuition payments over the course of a semester. Enrollment in a tuition payment plan happens after a student has been accepted in a Traveling School semester and before the semester start date.

Gear Fleet

The Traveling School can also help students obtain select gear and supplies on a case-by-case basis. Please email us at for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

If my parents are divorced, who should fill out the financial aid application?

If parents are divorced, both parents must complete a financial aid application.

How many students receive some sort of financial aid?

Between 40%-60% of students each year receive financial aid. As of 2019, over $1 million in financial aid has been distributed.

How much financial aid will I receive?

Financial aid awards range from $2,000 – $21,500 depending on need and availability.

Are there payment plans available for managing tuition payments?

Payment plans for tuition are available for all families. Payments are made through FACTS management. Payments through this platform can be made from bank accounts or credit cards and are ONLY for tuition payments.  Deposits and fees must be paid directly to The Traveling School by check.

How is The Traveling School’s financial aid program funded?

Our Financial Aid fund is supported by generous donors as well as grants from foundations. If you are interested in making a semester possible by donating to our financial aid fund, please contact us at

Affording a Semester

The most important thing to understand about The Traveling School is that it is not a finite experience. The lessons you learn while abroad will follow you for the rest of your life.

Traveling School Alumna