Program Cost

Fall and Spring Semesters*

The $12,800 program fee (Spring/Fall 2020)** breaks down as follows:

$8,400 covers tuition for 16 semester credits of courses accredited at the undergraduate or masters level by the Universidad Autónomo Metropolitano (UAM-Xochimilco). (If necessary, Hampshire College issues transcripts for undergraduate students for an additional fee of $300.  Students must apply for the Hampshire transcript and pay the $300 fee at least one month before program departure date.  Contact AUSM for details.)
$3,100 covers room and board
$500 covers ground transportation in Mexico
$800 covers housing, food, transportation, and workshops in Chicago.

NOTE: Applicants can apply for scholarships by completing our scholarship application and demonstrating need via the Financial Aid Information form filled out by your school’s financial aid administrator. Students who are not able to pay the full program fee before the deadline must fill out the Letter of Financial Responsibility and contact us to arrange a payment schedule. IMPORTANT: Transcripts will not be issued until the balance is paid.

Chicago Re-entry Program

Your $800 program fee covers:
• instruction, de-briefing and reflection sessions
• housing with immigrant families who participate in the Centro Autónomo
• food
• class reading materials
• local city transit for program activities

Full payment is due before the program begins.

Summer Program

Your $4,100 program fee covers:
• 6 semester credits (4 week program)
• Courses accredited at the undergraduate or masters level by the Universidad Autónomo Metropolitano (UAM)
• Food, lodging and ground transportation within Mexico
• Most books and reading materials


Full program fees are due by the following dates:

Fall semester – July 15       Spring semester – December 15       Summer program – April 30

Where the Money Goes: Study Abroad Finances– read about how your tuition is spent

Fall and Spring payment deadlines                         Fall                   Spring                   Summer

*Early payment (Full program fee – $500)                 May 31             August 31              March 15
Payment deadline (Full program fee)                        July 15             December 15        April 30
After deadline (Full program fee + $500/mo)            July 16             December 16        April 31

**program fees may be updated each semester

Payment Instructions 

Checks should be made payable to AUSM and sent to AUSM, 3460 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625. Visa or Mastercard payments can be made here or by calling our office.  Visa or Mastercard payments incur a 4% processing fee.


Emergency Travel Insurance
All students must either purchase emergency travel insurance from AUSM’s insurance agent or provide proof of their own coverage at least one month before program start date. At a minimum, emergency travel insurance must cover “emergency hospitalization,” “emergency evacuation,” and “emergency repatriation” to the US. If you wish to use your own coverage, please send us a copy of your policy, highlighting the places where these three things are listed as covered.

AUSM’s insurance agent provides coverage through a policy written by Travel Health and Accident insurance through U.S. Fire Insurance Company, policy #US022072. The policy covers accident/emergency hospitalization coverage with a limit of $25,000 per person/per incident and has a $100 deductible per person/per incident. The additional cost is $36 per student for the Fall/Spring/Summer.

Participants are responsible for
~ $36 for emergency travel insurance (see above)
~ $600 – $1000 for airfare to & within Mexico, back to Chicago, then home
~ $450 – $700 for miscellaneous incidental expenses (click here for our estimated breakdown)

Financial Aid

Financial aid from home institution

If you are receiving financial aid from your home institution, the aid may be transferable to the AUSM Study Abroad program. Consult with your study abroad and/or academic advisor to arrange for this transfer. We offer basic suggestions for finding financial aid here.

Scholarship application process

In addition to scholarships offered by your home institution, the Autonomous University of Social Movements offers a small scholarship program designed to supplement grants or other financial awards. We cannot provide full scholarships, and this is not intended to be your only funding source. AUSM is a small non-profit.  Instead of relying on grants and foundation money, AUSM uses the proceeds from our study abroad program to fund community organizing in immigrant communities in Chicago, and to support social movements in Mexico.

To apply for an AUSM scholarship, fill out and submit this scholarship application with your program application before the posted scholarship application deadlines. Scholarship applications will not be considered unless they are complete and accompanied by a program application. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of need, with preference given to applicants with proven grassroots organizing experience and to first or second generation immigrants.

Scholarship deadlines

Fall – April 15th
Spring – October 15th
Summer – March 15th

Withdrawal policy

Notification of withdrawal from the AUSM Study Abroad program must be received in writing. The $500 deposit is non-refundable and may not be transferred to another semester. In the event of withdrawal, refunds will be made according to the following schedule, calculated from the date AUSM is notified by the student in writing:

Fall/Spring Semesters

Before the day of departure from the U.S.:
100% refund less $500 deposit and less any scholarship awards.

By Saturday of the first week of the program:
80% of tuition and fees minus the $500 deposit and minus any scholarship awards.

By Saturday of the second week of the program:
60% of tuition and fees minus the $500 deposit and minus any scholarship awards.

No refunds are available after the second week of the program; however, in case of medical or family emergencies, AUSM will consider, on a case by case basis, application of payment to another semester program.


No refunds are available for the Summer semester after the departure date.

In the unlikely event that the program itself is canceled, all funds, including the $500 deposit, will be refunded or applied to a future program, at the discretion of the applicant.

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