Payment Methods

If students are not using financial aid, the program price must be paid in full by the final forms and payment due date unless a payment plan has been confirmed and is in place.

Participants may pay their balance by check, debit card and/or credit card.

Personal Checks:

  • Make payable to ISA. Mail to the ISA Austin Office and include the participant's name and program information in the memo line.
  • Money orders and cashier's checks are also accepted.
  • There is a $40 fee for all returned checks.
  • If a check is returned, a money order, cashier's check, or debit/credit card payment is required for all future payments.

Debit Cards & Credit Cards:

  • Visa, MasterCard, and Discover are accepted.
  • Debit and credit card payments can be submitted directly through the ISA Student Portal.

ISA Payment Plan:

  • ISA is happy to offer the option of a payment plan for participants and their families who need more time to make payment arrangements. There is a $25 fee for the plan, which should be arranged by the final forms and payment due date for the ISA program. The program price is typically divided into three payment installments. The first payment is due by the payment due date of the program, with the last payment due no later than two weeks before the start of the program.
  • Please contact the appropriate ISA Program Manager or to set up a payment plan. Students will also have access to a Payment Plan Request Form in their ISA Student Portal.

529 & College Savings Funds:

  • ISA will accept any funds that are applicable to the study abroad program, though the rules for the use of funds from 529 and college savings accounts vary by provider and by home university.
  • We have had a number of families who have found that there would be no issue in the 529 provider releasing funds to them for payment of the program (with or without a Title IV federal school code) and some others who found that the funds could only be used if applied through the US university (which may or may not be able to assist with the process).
  • Should the 529 provider require a Title IV federal school code, you may want to speak with your US university about whether they would be able to process the funds for use towards the ISA program at an international university.
  • If you have additional questions, please contact for further information.

GI Bill & Veterans Benefits:

  • According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the VA cannot pay a third party provider; therefore, VA cannot directly pay ISA. Very few students have been able to successfully apply VA benefits to an ISA study abroad program. Those that have been successful were able to work with their home university to process the VA funding for their program. ISA recommends students visit the Veterans Affairs office on campus or contact the regional VA representative to inquire about applying VA Benefits to an ISA program.
  • For the most up-to-date information related to VA Benefits, please visit the Veterans Benefits Administration website here:
  • ISA is honored to offer a Give (GI Veterans Excellence) Scholarship - further details are available on our scholarships and grants page.

Payments may be made using any combination of check, debit card and credit card.