Most Commonly Searched Terms The higher education financial aid process involves terminology you might not encounter anywhere else. Use this online glossary to get up to speed on key financial aid-related words and phrases. Direct Costs Educational costs billed by Dartmouth, including tuition, fees, on-campus housing, and meal plan. Financial Aid Award Letter Summary statement of sources of financial aid as determined by the Dartmouth Financial Aid Office. Leave Term An academic term during which a student is not enrolled in classes. Outside Scholarship Scholarships from sources external to Dartmouth. Student can use these funds to reduce the loan and/or job portion of their financial aid award. Work-Study A federal work program through which a student will earn money to help pay for educational expenses.