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WAVU Tuition & Financial Assistance

Application Fee

A $35 nonrefundable application fee is due at the time of application. This may be paid by credit or debit card as part of the online application, or with a check or money order made payable to Vanderbilt University – PTY.


A tuition statement will be sent once your student is admitted into the program. Tuition for one WAVU Saturday is $179. Tuition includes the academic course, classroom materials, as well as lunch and dinner for the student.

Tuition for Fall 2018 is due October 19, 2018.

Tuition for Spring 2019 is due January 25, 2019.

Program tuition may be paid online. Please follow the online application prompts or you may mail a check or money order payable to Vanderbilt University – PTY to

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

Payment should be postmarked by the due date listed above.

For credit card payments over the phone, please contact PTY at 615-322-8261 or

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 WAVU application review process is need-blind and does not consider financial status.

For families who wish to apply for financial aid, please indicate this on the WAVU application. After indicating your intent, you will receive an email with a link to the financial aid application. You may also access the financial aid application online in Forms and Documents. You may apply for financial aid at any point in the application process. The financial aid application, along with a copy of your household’s most recent tax return, may be submitted via fax, mail, or email. Your student may be offered admission before receiving a financial aid quote, but you are not obligated to officially enroll your student until you are quoted the financial aid amount and subsequent tuition balance. When your financial aid quote is received, you may accept or decline the amount and placement in a course.

Please note that all tuition awards are partial. Payment plans are also available. Please contact PTY at 615-322-8261 or, if you have additional questions about financial aid or setting up a payment plan.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made before the tuition due date will be eligible for a 100% tuition refund. After the tuition due date, no tuition refunds will be awarded. The application fee will not be refunded for any reason.

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.