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Fees and Discounts

As a nonprofit student network, we strive to offer the best and most affordable program out there. Please find fees and discounts below. Scholarships and discounts (early payment and bring-a-friend) are available. We also offer tips on fundraising to attend Global Scholar. Note that room and board is optional for all programs. Please contact us with questions at globalscholar@aidemocracy.org.

Global Scholar Prep
Sessions 1 (July 1-13) & 2 (July 15-27)
$2,330 Total Program Cost before April 1 (Session 1) / April 15 (Session 2) (with Room and Board)
$2,590 Total Program Cost after April 1 (Session 1) / April 15 (Session 2) (with Room and Board)
$895 Total Program Cost before April 1 (Session 1) / April 15 (Session 2) (without Room and Board)
$995 Total Program Cost after April 1 (Session 1) / April 15 (Session 2) (without Room and Board)

How it breaks down:
– $50 Application Fee paid upon submission of application. Included in Total Program Cost.
– $500 Registration Fee paid upon admission. Included in Total Program Cost.
– Program Fee due within 60 days of start of the program. Included in Total Program Cost.
– Optional Room and Board also due within 60 days of start of the program.

Applicable discounts:
– $100 Bring-a-friend discount
– 10% Early Payment Discount (If payment received by April 1 for Session 1 or April 15 for Session 2, suggested above).

Global Scholar Institute
Session 1 (May 20-26)
$1,160 Total Program Cost before February 20 (with Room and Board)
$1,290 Total Program Cost after February 20 (with Room and Board)
$535 Total Program Cost before February 20 (without Room and Board)
$595 Total Program Cost after February 20 (without Room and Board)

How it breaks down:
– $50 Application Fee paid upon submission of application. Included in Total Program Cost.
– $250 Registration Fee paid upon admission. Included in Total Program Cost.
– Program Fee due within 60 days of start of the program. Included in Total Program Cost.
– Optional Room and Board also due within 60 days of start of the program.

Applicable discounts:
– $50 Bring-a-friend discount
– 10% Early Payment Discount (If payment received by February 20, suggested above).

Many of our participants raise funds from their communities to help cover the cost of attending Global Scholar. Please contact us at globalscholar@aidemocracy.org to discuss how you can fundraise to attend the program!

Your Application Fee is due at the time of submitting your application. The Application Fee is non-refundable and covers the cost of reviewing and processing your application. If your application is approved, the Application Fee is applied to the Total Program Cost.

The Registration Fee is due within 10 days after our notice to you that your application has been approved. The Registration Fee secures your place in our program, since space is limited.

The Total Program Cost is made up of Room and Board and the Program Fee. Although we consider the on campus life experience to be an important benefit to our program, students who are local to Washington DC or have made other local living and dining arrangements may opt to NOT make use of our Room and Board.

The Total Program Cost is due in full within 60 days of the start of your Global Scholar course. For example, if your Global Scholar course starts on June 15th, the balance of your Total Program Cost would be due on April 15th. If you apply and receive notice from us of your acceptance in less than 60 days to the start of your program, your Total Program Cost would be due upon notice of your acceptance.

You may elect to pay the Total Program Cost by 90 days before the start of the program. If you do so (by the dates listed above), we’ll apply an Early Payment Discount of 10% to your balance, reducing the remaining amount you owe.

In addition to the Early Payment Discount, we also offer a “Bring a Friend” Discount. If your friend identifies you as the friend who provided a referral to our program and you both attend a session within the same calendar year, we’ll give both of you a discount. Once you have paid your full amount due for the Global Scholar course, and we have verified that you qualify for the discount, we will provide a $50 refund to the applicable parties.  If you’ve previously paid and your friend attends a later program, we’ll provide a refund within 60 days of the conclusion of the later program. Of course, relatives are friends too!

Cancellation and Refund Policy: If you cancel within 30 days of the start date of your Global Scholar course, you won’t receive a refund. If you cancel within 60 days but more than 30 days to the start date of your Global Scholar course, you will receive a refund of 50% of the amount you’ve paid, excluding your non-refundable Application Fee. Space at our courses is limited, and we have to reserve student housing and classrooms well in advance. As a result, our ability to provide refunds is limited strictly to these timetables. We understand that few can afford to pay for a program that they can’t attend, so we strongly encourage you to consider our refund policy when making future plans and to plan carefully. We work hard to keep costs low and to provide a valuable training program that is competitive with similar offerings, so we ask for your understanding to respect our Cancellation and Refund Policy.

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