Association of Colleges of Sisters of St. Joseph College Exchange
Avila University is one of nine universities in the U.S. that is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph and is part of the Association of Colleges of Sisters of St. Joseph. As an Avila student, you are able to study away, for a semester or a year, at one of these other institutions at no additional tuition cost. That is, you pay your Avila tuition and are then able to study away at one of these eight universities. For more information or questions, inquire here:
Chestnut Hill College Philadelphia, PA
College of Our Lady of the Elms Chicopee, MA
Fontbonne University St. Louis, MO
Mount Saint Mary's University Los Angeles, CA
Regis College Weston, MA
St. Catherine University St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN
St. Joseph's College Brooklyn & Patchogue, NY
The College of Saint Rose Albany, NY
What is ACSSJ?
The Association of Colleges of Sisters of St. Joseph (ACSSJ) draws together nine colleges and universities founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph to articulate and further the contemporary expression of the educational mission and legacy of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. The Association fosters collaboration among all the member institutions, provides resources for the faculty, staff and students at member colleges and universities and encourages mission integration on each campus.
What is this student exchange program all about?
The Association of Colleges of Sisters of St. Joseph hosts a student exchange program in which any student from one campus may visit another campus for a semester or a year. Students may travel to another part of the country and attend another college for a semester or a year while leaving most of their financial aid package intact on the home campus. Tuition costs remain the same as on the home campus; residence costs are those of the host campus.
Why study away through this exchange program at another Sisters of St. Joseph institution?
If service to others is important to you, you’ll be in good company at an ACSSJ school! You’ll find ample opportunities to volunteer in the surrounding community, perhaps serving a meal at a homeless shelter or spending an afternoon reading to young children. You might even do such things in a foreign country as part of an international mission trip. Whatever you do, you’ll return to a supportive, caring community, one committed to educational excellence and making the world just a little bit brighter.
What are the costs?
Tuition will be billed and paid to the home campus according to the home campus tuition costs. Room and board charges are billed and paid at the home campus, but according to the rates at the host campus. Room and board amounts are then forwarded to the host campus. Special course fees are billed and paid at the host campus according to host campus rates.
How long may I stay?
Students may participate in the exchange for one or two semesters. The two semesters may be on one campus or a semester on each of two different campuses.
Can I use my Avila financial Aid?
Since the student still pays tuition and room and board to the home campus, most of the student’s financial aid package remains intact. Students must follow the financial aid procedures of their home campus which will also determine their eligibility for financial aid.
Whom do I contact for more information?
The Student Exchange Coordinator and the Registrar on each Association member campus have information about this program. The list of Student Exchange Coordinators for each member campus can be downloaded from the word doc below or seen in the pdf here.The Association of Colleges of Sisters of St. Joseph office can be reached at (317) 721-1153.
How do I register?
Those who are accepted by the host campus will receive from the host campus the ACSSJ Registration form, a health form and information about housing on the host campus. Students complete these forms and return them to the Student Exchange Coordinator on the host campus along with an official transcript. The Student Exchange Coordinator on the home campus will assist the student with these various forms. After the registration is confirmed by the host campus, the student sends a copy of the registration to the Student Exchange Coordinator on the home campus. Because the student’s tuition is paid to the home campus, students who stay for a second term at a host campus must send their registration form to the Student Exchange Coordinator at their home campus for processing. Do not register directly with the host campus. After completing the courses on the host campus, the student requests that an official transcript of the work completed on the host campus be sent to the registrar on the home campus.
Are there deadlines for the application?
Students who wish to participate in the exchange during the Fall Semester must apply by April 10. Those participating for the Spring Semester must apply by November 10
For more information on the application itself, please go to ACSSJ and scroll down to the bottom and follow the steps on "Student Exchange Program Application Form." If you have more questions please contact the Avila Student Exchange Coordinator and the Registrar.