Understanding Budget Sheets

Budget sheets for individual programs can be found at the Education Abroad website.  Choose the "Program"  tab at the top of the page, then search for the program in which you are interested.  Once you find the program, click on the semester of the budget sheet you plan to attend.  Below is an example of a full semester budget sheet.

The Cost of Attendance makes up your financial aid budget.  This number is an estimate of your total costs for attending a semester abroad.  It includes:

  • Books & Supplies
  • Loan Fees
  • Tuition & Fees
  • Room & Board
  • Transportation & Travel

Kent State University's annual average student's cost of attendance is estimated around $24,000, which means that you cannot received more than $24,000 in financial aid.

It usually costs more to study abroad. With the appropriate documentation your cost of attendance can be increased to reflect the additional costs of studying abroad, giving you the option to apply for additional financial aid. 

Sample Semester Abroad Budget Sheet




Tuition $5,006 $8,986
Program Fee $2.600 $2,600
International Health Insurance $210 $210
Field Trip Fees $1,500 $1,500
Housing $3,120 $3,120
*Billable Subtotal $12,436 $16,416
Application Fee $30 $30
Meals $1,200 $1.200
Passport & Visa $215 $215
Living & Personal Expenses $1,500 $1,500
Airfare $1,500 $1,500
**Non-Billable Subtotal $4,445 $4,445

The costs listed above are estimates and are not the final costs that will be billed to students. Costs will be finalized the semester before students go abroad. For the purposes of this budget sheet, costs tend to be overestimated.

* The billable items listed in the top half of the budget sheet are items that will be billed to the Student's account.

** The non-billable items are estimated costs that students will pay out of pocket to entities other than Kent State University. These costs can vary depending on factors such as spending habits and housing options.