Fees & Scholarships

2021 Program Fees

A $40 nonrefundable application fee is due upon submitting an application. 

High School Programs

  • High School Summer Scholars Program: $5,195
  • High School Summer Academy: $3,145
  • Early College Scholars Program: $2,655
  • High School Summer Institutes: $1,285
  • Exploration Courses: $985 per course

Program fees cover:

  • Tuition for course work as follows:
    • Noncredit pre-college community course for all students
    • High School Summer Scholars Program: two undergraduate courses (6 units of credit)
    • High School Summer Academy: one undergraduate course (3 units of credit) and one noncredit research skills course
    • Early College Scholars Program: one undergraduate course (3 units of credit)
    • High School Summer Institutes: noncredit course curriculum 
    • Exploration Courses: noncredit course curriculum 
  • Academic support activities including: tutoring, specialized workshops, advising, and group study sessions
  • College readiness enrichment activities including lectures, panel discussions, informal Q&As, and digital learning badges
  • Community building social activities and events

Textbooks or other expenses related to online course work including computers or WiFi are not included in the program fee. 

Middle School Summer Challenge

The program fee is $285 and includes all program activities and course materials.

Expenses related to online course work including computers or WiFi are not included in the program fee. 

Scholarship and Discount Information

In order to be considered for a need-based scholarship, we must receive a completed program application with supplemental information as well as a completed Application for Scholarship Assistance by April 1. Please note that our pre-college programs are not eligible for aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Scholarships are determined based on family income. There are no income cut-offs for scholarship assistance; all students are welcome and encouraged to apply. Scholarships for residential programs typically start at $500, commuter programs typically start at $250, and online programs typically start at $100. Full scholarships are available. 

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. Scholarship applications are not reviewed on a rolling basis and there is no advantage to applying early. Scholarship decisions are emailed to admitted students on April 5.

Application Fee Waiver Request

We are happy to waive the $40 application fee when it presents a financial hardship. Once a student submits their application, they will receive directions on submitting a fee waiver request form. The deadline to submit this request form is April 1.

Returning Student Discount

A 10% discount is awarded to students who have previously attended an A&S Pre-College Program and are admitted to a new program the following year. Those receiving the returning student discount are also eligible to apply for need-based scholarships using the application described above.

WashU Employee Discount

We offer a 10% discount to all admitted students of benefits-eligible WashU employees. In order to qualify for the discount, a student must be admitted 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 April 1.


Nonrefundable Deposit and Cancellation Policy

Once a student has been admitted to the program, we require a nonrefundable deposit and completed registration forms no later than May 3, 2021. The 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, 2021. Nonrefundable deposits are as follows:

  • Middle School Summer Challenge: $100 nonrefundable deposit
  • Exploration Courses and High School Summer Institutes: $300 nonrefundable deposit
  • High School Summer Academy, High School Summer Scholars Program, and Early College Scholars Program: $500 nonrefundable deposit

Should unforeseen circumstances require a student to cancel their registration for the program, they must provide in writing to precollege@wustl.edu that they are cancelling their registration by June 7, 2021 to receive a 100% refund excluding the nonrefundable deposit. If a student cancels after June 7, they will receive a 50% refund excluding the nonrefundable deposit.

In the event that the University decides to cancel a summer program or course, students will receive a full refund of the program fee including the nonrefundable deposit if they choose not to enroll in another course or program. 

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

Please note, application fees are nonrefundable.

Community-Based Partnerships

We partner with a number of community-based organizations and schools across the country to provide financial 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.