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Tuition & Financial Assistance

Overview

Payment for Vanderbilt Summer Academy has three primary components – application fee, deposit, and tuition.

Application Fee: A $40 nonrefundable application fee is due at the time of application submission. If you are applying by mail, please attach a check/money order for the application fee Checks should be made payable to Vanderbilt University – PTY. Online applicants will submit the application fee via credit card during the application submission process.

Tuition Deposit: If placed in a course, a 10% tuition deposit is due two weeks after notice of admission email to hold a spot in a course. Details on how to pay the tuition balance through check or online will be provided through the emailed admissions notification. The tuition deposit for applicants who apply for financial aid will not be due until financial aid materials have been processed and the aid amount communicated to the family. For individuals who receive financial aid, the tuition deposit is 10% of the remaining tuition balance after aid has been factored.

Tuition: Tuition payments are due May 3, 2019 for Session 1 students and April 13, 2019 for Session II and III students. See page 13 for more details on tuition due dates and refund policies for each VSA Session.

Tuition

Tuition is comprehensive. It covers course costs, materials, housing, meals, and residential outings and activities.

Session I
$1375
Tuition Deadline: May 3
Rising 7th & 8th graders
Session II
$2975
Tuition Deadline: April 12
Rising 9th & 10th graders
Session III
$3975
Tuition Deadline: April 12
Rising 11th & 12th graders 

 

Payments should be postmarked by the due date listed above.

Credit card payments can be made online via our application portal. To pay online, login to your student’s account (https://vupace.vanderbilt.edu/portal/logon.do?method=load) and proceed to My Invoices. Visa and Mastercard are accepted.

Credit card payments may also be completed over the phone. Contact PTY at 615-322-8261 or pty.peabody@vanderbilt.edu if you would like to may a payment over the phone. There will be an additional $25 transaction fee for payments taken over the phone.

If applying by mail (or if you would prefer not to pay online), please mail a check or money order payable to Vanderbilt University – PTY to the following address.

Programs for Talented Youth
PMB 0506
230 Appleton Place
Nashville, TN 37203

Payments should be postmarked by the due date listed above.

Financial Assistance

Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth is committed to making programs available to academically gifted students regardless of a family’s ability to pay the full tuition. Therefore, need-based financial aid is available based on income. The VSA application review process is need-blind and does not consider financial status.

Families who wish to apply for financial aid should submit a completed financial aid application (available online and in hardcopy) along with a copy of their most recent federal tax return via fax, mail, or email. We will use this information to determining both eligibility and award amount. Please note that all tuition awards are partial, and you may apply for financial aid at any point during the admissions process. Payment plans are also available. Please contact VSA Coordinator, Forrest Edens, at 615.322.3173 or forrest.e.edens@vanderbilt.edu if you have additional questions about financial aid or setting up a payment plan.

Cancellation Policy

The $40 application fee is nonrefundable for all applicants. Once the student is admitted and placed in a ranked course, an email notice will be sent. A nonrefundable 10% tuition deposit is due within two weeks of receiving notification of admission and is required to hold the spot for the admitted student. If no tuition deposit is paid within the two weeks, the student forfeits his/her space in that course. A student who has been admitted into the program but not placed in any course will remain on the waiting list and will not be asked to submit a tuition deposit unless placement in a course can be offered.

A student who withdraws from the program after submitting the 10% tuition deposit will receive a refund will receive a tuition refund for any amount paid above the deposit amount if VSA is notified before the tuition deadline. A refund of 50% (less the application fee and deposit) will be provided if a cancellation is made after the tuition deadline and before the refund deadline. No refunds will be granted after the refund deadline for the session. See Tuition Timeline on this page for the session specific tuition deadline and refund deadline.

Inclement Weather Policy

Weather cancellations are unfortunate for all involved, but the safety of our students and families is top priority. Should it be in the best interest of our students and families that we delay or cancel our program due to inclement weather, we will issue a timely statement to our participants via email and also on our website. If a program cancellation is announced, tuition paid may be applied to a future program of the family’s choosing, or if preferred, a tuition reimbursement may be issued. If, however, the program commences as planned, we are unable to offer a refund to individual students who do not attend. As is our policy, the application fee is nonrefundable. No matter the official program decision, it is always most important that each family make the safest travel decisions in regard to their own situation and program attendance.