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Financial Information

Below are answers to most common financial questions we receive from parents. Additional assistance may be available through education loans. 

Contact our Admission office at 828-456-3435 for more information.

For answers to common GAP Program related questions, go here!

GAP Program Tuition

Tuition includes Room & Board, Academic Materials & Curriculum Fees, 3 – 6 Expedition Adventures, and Overhead & Program Costs.

Full Year - Tuition '24–25 Room & Board
Semester - Tuition Fall '24 Room & Board
Refundable Damage Deposit

Read policies for additional costs.

GAP Program Financial FAQs

Q. Are there additional costs?

Your child may incur additional expenses. This includes prescription medication costs if your child gets sick, 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 student’s debit account or will contact parents and charge the payment method on file.

Q. What types of payments does SOAR accept?

SOAR accepts payments made by check, credit card, direct deposit, or 529 Savings Plan. For more information please call our office at 828-456-3435.

Q. Is financial assistance or scholarships available?

Financial assistance is not available for our GAP Year at this time.  We are actively working to change this and will provide those details once we have them. For more information please call our office at 828-456-3435.

GAP Program Financial Policies

Upon Application

Applicants will be required to submit a $100 non-refundable application fee.

Upon Acceptance

Within two weeks after acceptance, a $2,000, non-refundable enrollment deposit is due for GAP Year and a $1,000 for one semester. The enrollment deposit will be applied toward the tuition balance.

Due Dates

July 15th – Fall Semester – minimum payment of 50% of the full year tuition is due on or before this date.

December 1st – Spring Semester – the remaining 50% of the full year tuition due December 1 for spring semester.

Payment Policies

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.
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.
Students will be required to come to GAP at SOAR with access to a debit account with funds in the amount of $1,200 ($600 Fall Term / $600 Spring Term). This will be used to help teach fiscal responsibility, budgeting, and accountability.

Although we take precautions to ensure gear is treated respectfully, 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 that occurred.

Any student enrolled in GAP at SOAR is expected to complete the Academic Term. Withdrawal or dismissal of a student before the close of the Academic Term 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 academic term.

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