Policies

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Tuition Payment Options & Terms

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There is a non-refundable $35 application fee, payable online by credit card (Visa, MC, Amex), to continue the admissions process.

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$500. Non-refundable unless a student isn’t given medical clearance by our program director (notification of this event would be provided 7 days or less from enrollment). Payable online by credit card at the time of enrollment. Only the initial deposit is payable by credit card.

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With some exceptions for students enrolling prior to the end of the calendar year or that specifically request a payment plan, the balance of tuition is due on the following schedule:

  • For enrollments on or prior to February 15th, tuition balances are due March 15th
  • For enrollments after Feb 15th, tuition balances are due within 30 days of enrollment
  • For enrollments received less than 30 days from a program start date, final tuition balances must be paid within 7 days of enrollment. (If program start date is fewer than 7 days from enrollment date, full payment is due immediately and an additional $95 late fee is applicable).

Interest free payment plans are available on request. All tuition balances are payable online by e-check/ACH in your MySummer account, by check drawn on a US bank account, or by money order. On request, credit card payments for tuition balances are possible, but will be assessed a 2.2% processing fee. (NOTE: there is no fee for credit card payments on the application fee and initial enrollment deposit for all families.). International tuition balance payments can be paid by credit card in US currency plus 2.92% processing fee or by wire transfer plus a $25 bank servicing fee.

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Cancellation and Refund Policies

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Refund Policies

Cancellation of Program: All tuition payments less the non-refundable enrollment deposit are fully refundable up to April 1st. Tuition payments less the non-refundable enrollment deposit and a $500 cancellation fee are refundable up to May 1st. There are no refunds after May 1st.

Change of Program:

If you would like to change to a different Sustainable Summer program, for any reason, you can do so without penalty up to April 1st, subject to availability. Between April 1st and May 1st, change of program to another Sustainable Summer program in the same calendar year is allowed for a $250 fee, subject to availability.  After May 1st, change of program is not allowed and there are no tuition refunds.

Deferred Enrollment:

Deferring enrollment to a Sustainable Summer program in the next calendar year is allowed up to April 1st without penalty or fee. Between April 1st and May 1st, deferment is allowed for a $500 fee. After May 1st, deferred enrollment is not allowed and there are no tuition refunds. NOTE: Tuition rates for future programs may increase and you are not grandfathered into a rate or any early enrollment discounts unless your original enrollment was during an early enrollment period. Any tuition previously paid will post as a credit to your account and any fees ($500 if deferring between April 1 and May 1; no fee if prior to April 1) will be assessed upon enrolling in a future program. We are only able to offer the deferred enrollment option for one year and only to the participant or a participant’s sibling. The refund and cancellation policies in place at the time of your deferment will apply for one year. After one year, the current refund and cancellation policies will apply. For instance, deferment to a future program on March 15th would subject only the regular non-refundable $500 enrollment deposit to cancellation penalty until March 15th one year later with any additional tuition payments fully refundable up until that time. On March 16th, (one year and one day from your deferment) you would enter whatever Sustainable Summer’s current refund and cancellation policies are at that time.

Policies for Early Enrollments

These terms apply only to participants that enroll during our “early” admissions round. (All date references are to the current 12-month period.)

Full Refund on Cancellations Until March 1st: If you decide to cancel your program before March 1, for any reason whatsoever, we will refund ALL tuition you have paid without penalty or administration fee. Should you decide to cancel your program on or after March 1, our normal cancellation policies will apply. (NOTE: the $35 application fee is non-refundable, and tuition refunds will not be issued until April 1st regardless of the time your cancellation notice is received).

Refund Policy on Cancellations After March 1st: At 12:01am Eastern Time on March 1st, your $500 enrollment deposit becomes non-refundable. For cancellations received AFTER March 1st, all tuition payments less the $500 non-refundable enrollment deposit are fully refundable up to April 1st. Tuition payments less the $500 non-refundable enrollment deposit and a $500 cancellation fee are refundable up to May 1st. There are no refunds after May 1st.

Change of Program: If you would like to change to a different Sustainable Summer program, for any reason, you can do so without penalty up to April 1st, subject to availability. Between April 1st and May 1st, change of program to another Sustainable Summer program in the same calendar year is allowed for a $250 fee, subject to availability.  After May 1st, change of program is not allowed and there are no tuition refunds.

Deferred Enrollment: Deferring enrollment to a Sustainable Summer program in the next calendar year is allowed up to April 1st without penalty or fee. Between April 1st and May 1st, deferment is allowed for a $500 fee. After May 1st, deferred enrollment is not allowed and there are no tuition refunds. NOTE: Tuition rates for future programs may increase and you are not grandfathered into a rate, however any early enrollment tuition discount rates will be applied as long as you re-enroll during the future early enrollment period (example: you enroll early and receive a 5% discount on a program, but defer to a future program. The next year, you re-enroll during the early enrollment period. Your 5% discount would carry over.) Any tuition previously paid will post as a credit to your account and any fees ($500 if deferring between April 1 and May 1; no fee if prior to April 1) will be assessed upon enrolling in a future program. We are only able to offer the deferred enrollment option for one year and only to the participant or a participant’s sibling. The refund and cancellation policies in place at the time of your deferment will apply for one year. After one year, the current refund and cancellation policies will apply. For instance, deferment to a future program on March 15th would subject only the regular non-refundable $500 enrollment deposit to cancellation penalty until March 15th one year later with any additional tuition payments fully refundable up until that time. On March 16th, (one year and one day from your deferment) you would enter whatever Sustainable Summer’s current refund and cancellation policies are at that time.

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Tiered Tuition

Sustainable Summer operates on a tiered tuition model. This structure is designed to make participation in a Sustainable Summer program accessible and affordable. Even higher earning families may face temporary financial setbacks or needs, such as loss of a job or multiple siblings in college. Our tiered tuition model helps ensure families from across the economic spectrum are able to participate in a program.

When applying to a program, students must indicate if they want to apply through our scholarship admissions “track” (as low as 15% of tuition) or our regular admissions “track.” For the latter “track, students do not “lock in” to a tuition tier. Parents will select their tuition tier when enrolling an accepted student in the program at either the “standard” aka “full” tuition or our “tuition assistance” discounted rate. This is an honor’s system election made by the parent that captures a 17% reduction in tuition without any additional application or admission criteria.

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