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Pay Your Program Deposit

In order to secure a spot in the program, students are required to pay a deposit of $50 within two weeks of acceptance. This $50 non-refundable deposit is credited toward the program fee and cannot be returned if a student decides to cancel. Students who do not submit the deposit within the time frame risk losing their spot on the off-campus study program.

Note: For the Newberry Seminar and Oak Ridge Science Semester, an additional $200 housing deposit is required. This deposit is refundable upon completion of the program, provided that no additional cleaning or special repairs are required to the student’s apartment.

Credit Card/PayPal

Online payment by credit card or PayPal is available to all students through the ACM PayPal site (a PayPal account is not required). Simply complete the two fields below and click the "Pay Now" button. You will be redirected to ACM’s PayPal site to complete your transaction.

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Check or money order

Make your check or money order payable to: Associated Colleges of the Midwest.

Mail to:
Associated Colleges of the Midwest
180 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2020
Chicago, IL 60601


ACM Cancellation Policy

ACM makes significant financial commitments on the behalf of all participants well before the start of their program. If a student is thinking about canceling participation after depositing, the student should contact ACM off-campus study staff immediately. All cancellations will only be effective the date that the ACM is notified, in writing, of the student’s decision to cancel. After canceling, the student will be responsible for program expenses incurred on their behalf, according to the following schedule.

Cancellation schedule

ACM typically bills the student’s college for the cost of the program after a deposit is made to confirm participation. The college then determines the total amount the student will be billed and this total amount may be equivalent to the amount billed by ACM or it may be different, according to each college’s particular policies on financial aid and off-campus study. If a student decides to cancel:

  • 90 or more days before the start of the program: The $50 deposit will be forfeited.
  • 60-89 days before the start of the program: The $50 deposit will be forfeited and ACM will bill the student’s college 5% of the total program cost.
  • 30-59 days before the start of the program: The $50 deposit will be forfeited and ACM will bill the student’s college 10% of the total program cost.
  • 15-29 days before the start of the program: The $50 deposit will be forfeited and ACM will bill the student’s college 25% of the total program cost.
  • 1-14 days before the start of the program: The $50 deposit will be forfeited and ACM will bill the student’s college 50% of the total program cost.
  • On the day the program begins or later: The $50 deposit will be forfeited and ACM will bill the student’s college 100% of the total program cost.

Students should check with their college about campus-specific cancellation policies, and whether their college may apply additional financial penalties for a cancellation. If unforeseen circumstances force a student to leave a program once it has begun, ACM may work with the student’s college to determine what portion, if any, of the program cost may be refunded. If a student is asked to leave a program for cause, no program costs will be refunded by ACM.


Outstanding Fees and Grade Release

ACM will bill students at the end of the program for outstanding program costs and/or any additional program expenses such as: medical costs, damage to program housing or equipment, loss of keys or equipment, etc. ACM is unable to release grades to students or their college until full payment for such expenses has been received.