Fees & Scholarships

Program Fees

A $35 nonrefundable application fee is due upon submitting an application. This fee is waived if students apply before February 15, 2020.

High School Summer Scholars Program:

  • Session A or B (five weeks): $8,385
  • Session C (eight weeks): $10,885

The program fee covers:

  • Tuition for up to 7 units of credit and lab fees
  • Housing in a secure, air-conditioned residence hall on campus
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Academic support groups
  • Specialized seminars and workshops
  • All program-sponsored weekend outings and nightly social events
  • Tutoring services
  • Use of all library facilities
  • Access to student health services
  • Laundry services
  • Transportation pass for Metro light-rail and buses

Textbooks, travel, and personal expenses are not included in the program fee. 


High School Summer Academy:

The 2020 program fee is $5,985. The program fee covers:

  • Tuition for one 3 unit course
  • Housing in a secure, air-conditioned residence hall on campus
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Academic support groups
  • Specialized seminars and workshops
  • All program-sponsored weekend outings and nightly social events
  • Tutoring services
  • Use of all library facilities
  • Access to student health services
  • Laundry services
  • Transportation pass for Metro light-rail and buses

Textbooks, travel, and personal expenses are not included in the program fee. 


High School Summer Institutes:

  • Pre-Medical and Pre-Engineering Institutes (three weeks): $5,785
  • Creative Writing, Global Leadership, PNP, and Environmental Studies Institutes (two weeks): $3,985
  • Young Leaders Institute (one week): $1,985

The program fee covers:

  • Housing in a secure, air-conditioned residence hall on campus
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Academic support groups
  • Specialized seminars and workshops
  • All program-sponsored weekend outings and nightly social events
  • Tutoring services
  • Books and supplies
  • Access to student health services
  • Laundry services
  • Transportation pass for Metro light-rail and buses

Travel and personal expenses are not included in the program fee. 


Middle School Summer Challenge:

The 2020 program fee is $1,985 and includes all activities, course materials, and lunch.

Travel and personal expenses are not included in the program fee. 


Early College Scholars

For information about Early College Scholars tuition, please visit Early College Scholars.

Registration and Deposit

Once a student has been admitted to the program, we require a $500 nonrefundable deposit and completed registration forms no later than May 1, 2020. This is not a postmark deadline, but the date that all paperwork and deposit must be received in our office. The $500 nonrefundable deposit will hold a student's place in the program and is deducted from the total program fee due. The remaining balance is due no later than June 1, 2020.

Scholarship Information

In order to be considered for a need-based scholarship, we must receive a completed Application for Scholarship Assistance by April 1, 2020. Please note that our pre-college programs are not eligible for aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Scholarships are determined by considering family income and monthly housing payment. There are no income cut-offs for scholarship assistance; all students are welcome and encouraged to apply. Scholarships typically start at $500 and full scholarships are available. Please note, scholarship assistance is not available for courses taken through the Early College Scholars program.

Scholarships do not cover travel to and from the program, personal expenses, or textbooks. Students may wish to speak with their school counselor or others in their community concerning additional sources of potential financial assistance. Scholarship awards are non-transferable to other pre-college programs or sessions.


Returning Student Discount

A 10% discount is automatically awarded to returning students who apply and are admitted to High School Summer Scholars, a High School Summer Institute, or Middle School Summer Challenge. Those receiving the returning student discount are also eligible to apply for need-based scholarships using the application described above.


Community-Based Partnerships

We partner with a number of community-based organizations and schools across the country to provide finanicial assistance to students who identify as first generation, low income, and/or from underrepresented populations. To learn more about these partnerships or to become one of our partners, please contact our office.


WashU Employee Discount

We offer a 10% discount to all admitted students of benefits-eligible WashU employees. This discount applies to all of our programs which include: High School Summer Scholars, High School Summer Institutes, Middle School Summer Challenge, and Early College Scholars. In order to qualify for the discount, a student must be admitted to an eligible program and be a dependent child both by relation (birth, legally adopted, or step-child) and financially to a benefits-eligible WashU employee. A completed WashU Employee Discount Verification Form must also be submitted to our office by May 1 for summer programs, and by application deadline for Early College Scholars.

Cancellation Policy

Should unforeseen circumstances require a student to cancel their registration for the program, we will issue a refund of the program fee as follows:

  • June 1, 2020: Last day to cancel and receive 100% refund, excluding the $500 nonrefundable deposit.
  • June 15, 2020: Last day to cancel and receive 50% refund, excluding the $500 nonrefundable deposit.
  • July 1, 2020: Last day to cancel and receive 25% refund, excluding the $500 nonrefundable deposit.
  • After July 1, 2020: No refunds will be issued.

No refunds will be issued for students who leave a program early.

In the event that the University decides to cancel a summer program, students will receive a full refund of the program fee including the nonrefundable deposit. 

If a student is unable to attend a program as a result of travel or visa restrictions enacted by the U.S. government, the student will receive a full refund of the program fee including nonrefundable deposit. Please note, that the U.S. government will not issue refunds for SEVIS fees or for non-immigrant visa fees. WashU is not responsible for refunding SEVIS or non-immigrant visa fees.

WashU is not responsible for reimbursing costs not included in the program fee including travel expenses, textbooks, or personal expenses.

Please note, application fees are nonrefundable.

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