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What is the Cost?  Is there Financial Assistance?

The thought of spending a semester in Washington, D.C. or abroad may seem financially out of the question, and there is no question that it will cost more than a semester on campus.  However, our students have always received some sort of financial assistance to cover the cost.  More importantly,  the cost is actually reasonable if you consider these important points:

  • the benefits you will receive from working for a major corporation or government agency
  • the once-in-a-lifetime experience of living and working in our nation’s capital
  • the invaluable hands-on experience, and the important contacts you will make during your internship.
  • Plus, you will be receiving 9-12 credit hours towards your degree.
  • Additionally, a post-graduate program is available at a significant reduction in fees for students who have graduated and want the work experience.

Scholarship money is generally available through West Liberty University, however, funds are limited and will be awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Additionally, more than 70 percent of student interns receive scholarships which are available through The Washington Center, and quite often there are special program initiatives being offered by various agencies or the federal government that will offer financial assistance to help cover the cost of the internship.  For more information on the total cost of a semester in Washington, D.C. or abroad, as well as any special initiatives, please contact the campus liaison, Beverly Burke, at [email protected], by phone at 336-8004, or by stopping by the office in room #233 Shaw Hall.  Also, for additional information on financial assistance, please visit The Washington Center website at and click on Prospective Students and follow the link to financial assistance.


President Obama wants to motivate a new generation of Americans to public service, and so The Washington Center has partnered with several federal agencies to inspire the next generation of public servants.  The federal government is expecting to open up 250,000 jobs over the next five years through retirements, etc.  They are looking for skills in the areas of engineering, business, accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, environmental studies, health sciences, public administration and many more.  Approximately 20 percent of the interns receive financial assistance to offset housing and/or program fees.  For more information on these federal opportunities visit The Washington Center website at

Interested students are also encouraged to visit the Financial Aid office on campus to discuss whether their current student loans may apply to this program, and/or whether additional financial aid may be available to them for a semester in D.C. or abroad.