The tuition amount represents about 40% to 50% of the total cost per student, the other 50% of the cost is covered by grants and donations. From these grants and donations we have created a fund to offset the cost of the program for families that request financial assistance. The level of financial assistance will depend on available funding and level of need. Each in-state student may request up to $1,500 in financial assistance to offset or cover the cost of the program. Out-of-state students do not qualify for financial assistance, but all students are encouraged to seek sponsorship from other foundations, schools, businesses, and organizations.
To qualify for financial assistance a family will have to demonstrate economic hardship by providing evidence (e.g. student’s participation in free and reduced meals at school, federal income tax returns, any document showing recurring expenses like mortgage, rent, student debt, etc.). We will consider financial assistance for families with a gross income at or below 300% of Federal Poverty Levels (https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines) and/or students who are currently participating in Free and Reduced Meals programs.
Program tuition includes workshops, industry visits, use of laboratory equipment, materials, some meals, and transportation. The program tuition is collected only when the student is accepted into the program. Program fees are non-refundable after the program starts.