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Tuition & Financial Assistance

Application Fee & Deposit

A $40 nonrefundable application fee is due at the time of application. A tuition deposit in the amount of 10% of tuition will be due upon notice of admission. The tuition deposit for financial aid applicants will not be due until the financial aid materials have been processed and the aid amount communicated to the family. If you are applying by mail, please attach a check/money order for the application fee, made out to Vanderbilt University – PTY. Online applicants will submit payments via credit card. The remaining tuition balance will be due by the corresponding tuition due date for that particular VSA session.


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

Session I

Rising 7th & 8th graders
Session II

Rising 9th & 10th graders
Session III

Rising 11th & 12th graders 

Tuition for Sessions II and III is due April 13, 2018.

Tuition for Session I is due May 4, 2018.

Online applicants will have the opportunity to pay the VSA tuition with a credit card via the online portal. 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 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 choice, a nonrefundable 10% tuition deposit is due and is required to hold the spot for the admitted student.

Cancellations made before the tuition due date will be eligible for a full tuition refund less the application fee and tuition deposit. Cancellations made after the tuition due date and before the refund deadline (VSA refund deadline: May 4, 2018 for Sessions II and III, May 18, 2018 for Session I) will be eligible for a 50% refund less the application fee and tuition deposit. After the refund deadline, no tuition refunds will be awarded.

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.