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SAVY Tuition and Financial Assistance

Application Fee

A $50 nonrefundable application fee is due at the time of an application for a program season (fall/spring or summer). Students may apply for multiple sessions of a season (Fall/Spring SAVY; Summer SAVY) with one application fee. Families applying to a SAVY program who have multiple students are eligible for a $25 application fee discount for all applications after the first child for the season. A separate application must be completed for each child. The application fee is nonrefundable regardless of a child’s placement or admittance in a course. 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 as part of the admissions notification if a student is admitted into a course.


Fall SAVY 2023 – Three Consecutive Saturday Program

October 21, October 28, and November 4

Tuition is $450 per session and includes all course materials and lunch. Students should plan to bring a snack and water bottle from home each day.

Spring SAVY 2024 – Three Consecutive Saturday Program

January 27, February 3, and February 10

Tuition is $450 per session and includes all course materials and lunch. Students should plan to bring a snack and water bottle from home each day.

Summer SAVY 2024 – Weekly Sessions (Monday-Friday)

Check out the dates for Summer 2024 and learn How to Apply. Summer 2024 courses will be announced the week of December 5, 2023.

Tuition is $625 per session and includes all course materials. Students should plan to bring a nut-free lunch, and water bottle from home each day. Morning and afternoon nut-free snack will be provided.


Financial Assistance

Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth is committed to making programs available to academically advanced students regardless of a family’s ability to pay the full tuition. Therefore, some need-based financial aid is available based on income for families with an Adjusted Gross Income of $105,000 or less, or with a severe hardship. 

The PTY application review process is need-blind and does not consider financial status when placing students in courses.   

When to apply for financial assistance 

If you plan to apply for financial assistance, please indicate this on your application. Once indicated, you will be automatically asked to complete the financial assistance application as part of your program application.  

Please note, your program application is not considered complete if you indicate that you are applying for financial aid and you do not upload the required documentation or provide the required information. We are unable to process your application until both the program and financial aid application are complete. Please plan accordingly.   

What documents are needed to apply for financial assistance? 

All financial aid applications must include a signed copy of your most recent federal income tax return. If you are divorced, only the custodial parent tax forms are required. During the application, families are required to upload one of the following forms: Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ.   

If you believe your 1040/1040A/1040EZ does not provide an accurate or complete picture of your family’s financial need, you may include additional tax forms, including: W-2 Forms, Form 4562, Schedule A, Schedule C and/or F, Schedule D.   

We ask that you remove all SSNs from any documents you upload in your application.  

How is financial assistance determined? 

All financial information provided is reviewed thoroughly with specific attention to adjusted gross income and number of dependents in the household. While we understand that there may be more factors affecting a family’s ability to pay tuition, at this time, these are the primary factors determining eligibility for financial assistance.  

Other important information about PTY financial assistance 

For PTY to provide program opportunities for as many students with financial need as possible, financial assistance awards for individual students will be limited to two courses per season. PTY has two operational seasons: academic year and summer.  

Please note: If your financial situation significantly changes after being placed in a course for a program, but before the tuition deadline for the program, you may contact the SAVY office ( in writing to request the possibility of submitting a late financial aid application. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis when there are significant and unpredictable life events that drastically change a family’s ability to pay tuition.   

PTY is unable to offer financial assistance to international students at this time. 

Payment Plans

For more information about setting up a payment plan or troubleshooting other functions of the online application system used at PTY, SchoolDoc, please visit the SchoolDoc Help Page.

In addition to providing need-based financial assistance options, PTY also offers all families the option to set up a monthly payment plan for their student’s tuition for summer programs. A student does not have to apply for financial assistance in order to set up a payment plan for summer. After receiving an admission notification, families interested in setting up a payment plan can do so in their SchoolDoc account. Families interested in setting up a payment plan should navigate to the Account tab and select Set Up a Payment Plan. All tuition must be paid in full by June 3 of the summer program. SAVY reserves the right to cancel a student’s enrollment if tuition is not received on time.

Payment plans allow families to pay equal installments by the first day of each month leading up to the Payment Plan Tuition Deadline. Payments are made in equal monthly installments and automatically charged to your credit card or withdrawn from your account. If on a payment plan, no tuition refunds are provided for previously paid installments if a student requests a cancellation.

Payment plans are not available for fall and spring programs.


Programs for Talented Youth works with organizations, companies, foundations, and individuals who are interested in directly supporting students’ attendance through named scholarships. Scholarships are based on criteria defined by the supporting organization, company, foundation, or individual and vary year-to-year. Scholarships, along with criteria, are located on the course page of the specific program session they are associated with. Scholarships range in monetary aid and eligibility requirements, with select scholarships offering full tuition.

Interested in helping support students through a named scholarship or in connecting us with a company, organization, or foundation? Please contact our office at!

Making a Payment

Credit card and electronic check payments can be made online in your SchoolDocs account (which is the account you created when applying). Credit card payments are not accepted over the phone.

Program tuition may also be paid via check or money order. Please mail checks or money orders payable to Vanderbilt University – PTY to:

Programs for Talented Youth
PMB 506
230 Appleton Place
Nashville, TN 37203

Payments should be postmarked by the tuition deadline communicated in the admissions notification for the specific program.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations by the student made before the tuition due date will be eligible for a 100% tuition refund, less the non-refundable application fee. After the tuition deadline, no tuition refunds will be awarded for students who cancel program participation. The application fee will not be refunded for any reason. Tuition deadlines associated with each program can be found in the admissions notification email and on the specific program timeline on the website.

If Vanderbilt University determines that it is in the best interest of SAVY participants to delay or cancel the SAVY program, VU staff will issue a timely statement to participants via email and the PTY website to advise of the delay or cancellation. No tuition reimbursements will be given for delays. If a cancellation is announced prior to the program start date, tuition paid, less the nonrefundable application fee, may be applied to a future program of the family’s choosing, or if preferred, a tuition reimbursement may be issued. In the event of a cancellation during a program, VU may, in its sole discretion, elect to provide partial tuition reimbursements. VU is not responsible for any expense or cost incurred by you in preparing for or arising or resulting from a delayed or cancelled program, including without limitation, the cost of non-refundable airfare, other transportation, lodging and meal expense and the cost of any additional or alternative arrangement you elect or are required to incur or make as a result of a delayed or cancelled program.

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 a program due to inclement weather, we will issue a timely statement to our participants via email and also on our website. SAVY is unable to offer refunds for weather cancellations if students are unable to attend the make up dates, if applicable. 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.