Program Costs & Deadlines

Program Costs

  • IFP Program Fee:  $4500 covers all transportation, meals (except for days off in town – about 7 days during the trip), camping fees, park/museum entrance fees, and instructional materials (there are no textbooks to buy).
  • Tuition:  This amount can vary depending on the number of hours you sign up for. Currently a full semester at UGA costs $4682 in tuition for Georgia residents. HOPE and Zell Miller scholarship funds will apply normally, as with any semester on campus. Starting in 2015, non-residents of Georgia participating in the IFP pay tuition at the in-state rate!
  • University Fees:  These are fees required by UGA. They include the Institutional, Technology, Connect UGA, and Green fees. We expect these fees to total $540-550. Other UGA fees required for classes on campus (such as Health and Transportation fees) can be waived. Check with the Bursar’s Office for current tuition and fee schedules.
  • Pre-trip expenses:  Students must provide some basic camping gear (tent*, sleeping bag, sleeping pad) and outdoor clothing/footwear for a wide range of temperatures and conditions. See our full list of required and recommended gear. Most students have to purchase at least some equipment and clothing prior to the IFP. Many items can be borrowed, rented, or bought used to save on trip expenses. (UGA Outdoor Recreation often provides inexpensive equipment rentals to IFP students.) *IFP now provides individual tents for students to borrow for the summer. This is an option if you do not want to acquire your own.
  • Living expenses during the trip:  There is very little need to spend money during the trip. There is about one day off per week in which students purchase their own meals in town (about 7 days total during the trip). We make occasional shopping stops for students to replace toiletries and other supplies, as necessary. All other expenses are covered.
  • Unnecessary expenses during the trip:  We also make frequent stops, of course, at gas stations/convenience stores. Students can spend a lot of money over the 8 weeks buying drinks and snacks during these stops.  We provide plenty of healthy food each day, so these extras are not necessary.  There are also many, many opportunities to buy souvenirs from the places we visit. Restraint and careful selection of purchases is key to keeping unnecessary trip expenses low.

Cost Comparison

The IFP can cost even less than a semester on campus.  See a comparison chart below, based on typical UGA cost of attendance for a Georgia resident. HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships apply to IFP tuition the same as a regular semester on campus.

ExpenseIFP SemesterSemester on Campus
Total$9,982$13,104
IFP Program Fee$4,500n/a
Tuition$4,682$4,682
UGA Fees$550$1,135
Books & Supplies$0*$503
Room$0$2,830
Board$0$1,978
Transportation$0$586
Living Expenses$250**$1390
*There are no textbooks to buy for the IFP. We travel with a small reference library, and we provide instructional materials to each student in the form of field guides/reading packets and iPad tablets loaded with multimedia.
**IFP living expenses include the necessary expenses during the trip: meals for about 7 days off in town and replacing toiletries as needed. Not included are pre-trip expenses to acquire gear and clothing. Outfitting yourself can be done inexpensively by borrowing, renting, or buying used gear. See above for these expenses outlined, and see our list of required and recommended gear.

Dates & Deadlines

Please be sure to read our payment and refund policy before you pay any fees to join the IFP! You will pay the program fee and tuition through your UGA student account.

Dec 1, 2016Application deadline for December admission
(If accepted, pay $500 deposit Feb. 1 to reserve your spot)
Feb 1, 2017Application deadline for February admission
(If accepted, pay $500 deposit Mar. 1 to reserve your spot)
Mar 1, 2017Final application deadline
Mar 17, 2017Final deadline to pay $500 program fee deposit
Apr 8, 2017IFP Orientation Picnic
Apr 15, 2017Summer transient application due (for non-UGA students only)*
May 15, 2017Deadline to register for summer semester classes and
Pay $4000 program fee balance, tuition, and university fees**
Jun 2, 2017IFP 2017 begins!
*Non-UGA students: our deadline for you to apply as a transient (guest) student is earlier than required by UGA Admissions. This is so you can sign up for classes by our May 15 deadline (see next note). If you are planning to transfer to UGA as a degree-seeking student the deadline is actually earlier on March 1. See UGA Admissions for more information.
**Our tuition payment deadline is earlier than required by the UGA Bursar in order to ensure all payments (including scholarship funds) are cleared prior to the trip departure. In the past, students have been unknowingly dropped from their classes during the summer for nonpayment of tuition/fees. Don’t let this happen to you!
**If Summer is to be your first semester matriculating as a degree-seeking student at UGA, you must attend orientation and meet with an academic advisor before you can register for classes and pay tuition. In that case, our May 15 deadline does not apply to you. Be sure you are signed up for an orientation session to be held before the IFP trip starts!