Financial Policies – GAP Year

2023-2024 GAP Year Tuition: $56,000

Application Fee & Enrollment Deposit

Applicants will be required to submit a $100 non-refundable application fee. Within two weeks after acceptance, a $2,000, non-refundable enrollment deposit is due. (This includes a $1,000 deposit for each semester). We accept check, money order, MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover. The enrollment deposit will be applied toward the tuition balance.

After a participant is enrolled, if they must cancel for any reason, the non-refundable enrollment deposit may be used for another SOAR program, or can be considered a tax-deductible donation.

Fee Payment
When completing your application, you will be required to submit payment information for all future billing, including tuition balances and additional expenses that may occur. A minimum payment of 50% of the full year tuition is due on or before July 15th for fall semester, with the remaining 50% of the full year tuition due December 1 for spring semester. (Tuition is due within two weeks of acceptance if admitted after this date). Families who pay tuition for the entire year by July 15th will receive a tuition reduction of $1,000. No services will be delivered to the student until both the tuition and $350 refundable damage deposit have been received.
Refund Policy
Any participant enrolled at SOAR is expected to complete the program. Withdrawal or dismissal of a participant before the close of the program will result in forfeiture of the unused paid portions of the tuition, fees and costs, and the family shall remain obligated to complete payment in full for tuition, fees and costs for the entire program.
Spending Money
Participants will be required to come to SOAR with access to a debit account with funds in the amount of $1200 ($600 per semester). This will be used to help teach fiscal responsibility, budgeting, and accountability. These funds are not included in the tuition cost.
Damage to SOAR Equipment
Although we take precautions to ensure gear is treated respectfully, SOAR will collect a damage deposit in the amount of $350 per participant. We reserve the right to charge students for damage done to SOAR equipment due to negligence or non-compliance. This may include damage to tents, rental vans, cabins, etc. Parents will be notified of the damage occurred. Any remaining funds will be refunded approximately two weeks after the end of the program.
Additional Expenses
Participants may incur additional expenses. This includes prescription medication costs, doctor visits, damage fees for intentional damage done to SOAR property in excess of the damage deposit, or additional airline expenses traveling to or returning home from the program. In the event any additional fees occur, SOAR will either use the participant’s debit account, or will contact parents and charge the payment method on file.
Accepted Payment Methods

SOAR accepts payments made by check, credit card, and direct deposit. For more information please call our office at 828-456-3435

Financial Assistance

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These lists are not exhaustive by any means. For both college and pre-college opportunities, there is often funding out there that you may never know about until you go looking.

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