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VSA Tuition and Financial Assistance


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

Application Fee: A $50 ($100 for international applicants) 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 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.

Tuition: Tuition payments are due April 1, 2020 for all admitted students.


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

Session I
June 7-12, 2020
Rising 7th & 8th graders
Session II
June 14-26, 2020
Rising 9th & 10th graders
Session III
July 6-25, 2020
Rising 11th & 12th graders 


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

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.

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 gifted 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 on the PTY website, or complete the application included in this catalog. 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. 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.

Apply for Financial Aid with Online Application Here

Apply for Financial Aid with Paper Application Here

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 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.

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.