Finances & Cost Estimates

Students will be billed the following fees by WPI for the WPI semester they are away, on the regular WPI billing cycle (i.e. Fall semester and Spring semester).

  • WPI Tuition and Fees
  • WPI Housing Fee (if applicable)
  • WPI Meal Plan (if applicable, reduced for term away)

For applicable programs, students will also be billed a program fee.  More details can be found on eProjects.  The Program fee will be posted to your student account ~3 weeks prior to the start of the term and will be due immediately; failure to pay may result in a hold and or late fee being applied to your Student Account.

In addition to this, students should budget for the following while away:

  • Local transportation
  • Airfare (if applicable)
  • Food
  • Tourist activities and incidentals
  • Project related incidentals*

*Project related incidentals, as shown on the Estimated Cost Calculator below, are estimated to be $150. Current WPI policy states that students are expected to contribute $50 per person per 1/3 unit of IQP work toward any out-of-pocket expenses encountered. This means that each student is expected to pay $150.00 towards the completion of the IQP before asking for reimbursement of any kind. If you have a project team of 4 students, then the total contribution before being reimbursed is $600.00. If you anticipate that your expenses will exceed this expectation, then you should submit a budget for your project as part of the project proposal. The faculty advisor and Center Director will be asked to approve this budget prior to submission of any expenses to the GEO. Commuting costs are not reimbursable.



Estimated out-of pocket expenses: These are estimates for expenses like round trip airfare, groceries, dining out, incidentals, tourist expenses, and local transportation. A detailed list of these cost estimates can be found on each program’s brochure page. These costs do not appear on your WPI bill.

Estimated housing and program fees: These are estimates for housing expenses and any fees associated with cultural programming in which students are required to participate. These fees will appear on your WPI bill and are in addition to tuition and housing at WPI.  Program fees must be paid before departure.