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VSA Tuition and Financial Assistance


Payment for Vanderbilt Summer Academy has three primary components – (1) Application fee, (2) Deposit, and (3) Tuition.

(1) Application Fee: A $50 ($100 for international applicants) nonrefundable application fee is due at the time of application submission. Online applicants will submit the application fee via credit card or electronic check during the application submission process. 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. 

Please Note:
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(2) Tuition Deposit: If a student is placed in a course, a 15 percent tuition deposit is due two weeks after notice of admission email to hold a spot in the course. Details on how to pay the tuition balance by 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 15 percent of the remaining tuition balance after aid has been applied.

(3) Tuition: Tuition is comprehensive. It covers course costs, materials, housing, meals, and residential outings and activities. Please see the Tuition Timeline section below for more information about tuition deadlines.

**If a student is flying in to the BNA airport alone, VSA provides required shuttle transportation to Vanderbilt University. The cost for round trip service is $75 (There is no discount for one-way service).

SessionSession 1Session 2Session 3
2019 Cost - $1375
2019 Cost - $3175
2019 Cost - $4275
Program DatesNext session: TBD
Typically early June
Next session: TBD
Typically mid-June
Next session: TBD
Typically July
GradesRising 7th & 8th gradersRising 9th & 10th gradersRising 11th & 12th graders

Tuition Timeline

Programs for Talented Youth understands the need for families to plan ahead when thinking about financing summer experiences. In an effort to assist families in this process, PTY has developed rolling tuition and refund deadlines based when a student receives an admissions notification for a session. Families can expect admissions notifications to be sent within three weeks of application submission.

While PTY encourages applicants to submit an application during the Application Priority Window, VSA continues accepting applications throughout the winter and spring. Please note, students may be admitted off waiting lists at any point, at which time families will receive an admissions notification. Families may have different tuition deadlines if they apply to multiple sessions and are admitted off waiting lists on different dates. Need based financial assistance and payment plans are available.

Admissions Notification DateRelated Deadlines
Typically Early SpringNonrefundable 15% Deposit: Two weeks after admissions notification received.
Tuition Deadline: April 15, 2020
Typically May 1Tuition Deadline: Two weeks after admissions notification received
After 5/1VSA will try to accommodate last minute applications; however, we cannot
guarantee acceptance of applications submitted after May 1.

For any applications accepted after May 1, or any students admitted from a
waiting list after this date, tuition deadlines will be based on the date the
admissions notification is sent and the date of the start of the program. After
the communicated tuition due date has passed, no refunds are available.

Methods of Payment

(1) Credit card and electronic check payments can be made online through your SchoolDoc Account.

(2) Credit card payments may also be completed over the phone. Contact PTY at 615-322-8261 or 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.

Please Note: You can submit payment by Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express as well as Electronic Checks payments (ACH) in your SchoolDoc account.

(3) 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

PTY is committed to making programs available to academically advanced students regardless of a family’s ability to pay the full tuition. Therefore, need-based financial aid is available based on income. The PTY application review process is need-blind and does not consider financial status. If you plan to apply for financial aid, please indicate this on your online or paper application. You may access the financial aid application within the VSA online application or print and complete the PDF application below. 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 online, or via fax or mail. Please note that email is not as secure a method for submission. Your student may be offered admission before receiving a financial aid quote. You are not obligated to officially enroll your student until you receive a financial aid quote. When your financial aid quote is received, you may accept or decline the amount and placement in a course. Partial tuition scholarships and payment plans are available.

Payment Plans

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 summer tuition. A student does not have to apply for financial assistance in order to set up a payment plan option. After receiving an admission notification, families interested in setting up a payment plan can do so in their SchoolDoc account.

Payment plans allow families to pay equal installments each month leading up to the Payment Plan Tuition Deadline of June 1, 2020. Payment plan options are not available for those who receive an admissions notifications after May 1, 2020. If on a payment plan, no refunds are provided for previously paid installments if a student requests a cancellation.


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. Use the button below to view a list of currently available scholarships.

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

Cancellation Policy

The $50 ($100 for international applicants) 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 15% 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 their 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 15% tuition deposit will receive a tuition refund for any amount paid above the deposit amount (less the non-refundable application fee) if VSA is notified before the tuition deadline. No refunds will be granted after the tuition deadline for the session.

Please note, prior communication on our website and prior correspondence with admitted students referenced a “Refund Deadline” and noted that a refund of 50 percent (less the application fee and deposit) would be provided if a cancellation was made after the tuition deadline and before the refund deadline. To allow families more time to pay tuition because of COVID-19, PTY made the decision for VSA 2020 to push back the tuition deadline to a later date. With the extension of the tuition deadline, a refund deadline was no longer needed.

If Vanderbilt University determines that it is in the best interest of VSA participants to delay or cancel the VSA 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. As is the VSA application policy, the application fee and deposit are nonrefundable. 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 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.