Parents

Thank you for your interest in SIT Study Abroad. We are honored that you and your family are considering one of our experiential, field-based programs.

We understand that you may have funding questions and that you may want more details about scholarships and financial aid.

Please be aware that SIT Study Abroad is committed to student privacy and that SIT is legally bound by the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The conditions specified in the FERPA regulations have to be met before a school may non-consensually disclose personally identifiable information from education records in connection with any of the exceptions mentioned in the excerpts from FERPA’s website below.

If your child is considered to be an “independent student” as defined by the Internal Revenue Service, SIT Study Abroad is obliged to request that your child sign a FERPA release for us to share scholarship and financial aid information with you.

From the FERPA website:

FERPA […] permits a school to disclose personally identifiable information from education records of an “eligible student” (a student age 18 or older or enrolled in a postsecondary institution at any age) to his or her parents if the student is a “dependent student” as that term is defined in Section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code. Generally, if either parent has claimed the student as a dependent on the parent’s most recent income tax statement, the school may non-consensually disclose the student’s education records to both parents.

There are […] other exceptions to FERPA’s prohibition against non-consensual disclosure of personally identifiable information from education records, some of which are briefly mentioned below. Under certain conditions (specified in the FERPA regulations, 34 CFR Part 99), a school may non-consensually disclose personally identifiable information from education records: […]

in connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or received; […]
to organizations conducting studies for or on behalf of the school making the disclosure for the purposes of […] administering student aid programs […]; […] and
in connection with a health or safety emergency.

Please note: SIT Study Abroad scholarships and grants are only applicable to tuition and room/board fees billed by SIT Study Abroad. We do not award scholarships or grants to cover any other expenses, including, but not limited to, immunizations, visa fees, books, or study abroad fees charged by your student’s home school. If your student’s home school has an established billing agreement with us, it is their responsibility to communicate with their home school as to whether their SIT scholarship or grant will be passed on to them by their home school. If your student is the recipient of a scholarship or grant from us, it will automatically be applied to their bill (this does not apply to scholarship applications received after the application deadline) before it is sent out. SIT Study Abroad does not disburse scholarships or grants in the form of cash, checks, electronic transfers, or other means.