Fee and Financial Aid Grants

The Summer Science Program is an independent nonprofit, uniquely governed by its own alumni, faculty, and friends. Hundreds of them donate to SSP each year because they are committed to keeping this life-changing experience financially accessible for every participant. Thanks to our donors, we can subsidize every participant to greater or lesser degree, by charging a fee that is less than our cost to operate this intensive 39-day residential program, and by awarding generous need-based financial aid grants up to the full program fee of $6,950, plus up to $500 for airfare.

A majority of participants typically receive financial aid, including some who attend absolutely free (14 in 2017). All aid is in the form of grants. Our 2018 budget for financial aid grants is $282,645.

In other words, the program fee is scaled to what each family can afford, up to a maximum of $6,950.

Whatever net fee is paid, it is all-inclusive, covering room & board, tuition, local transportation (including from/to the airport), and supplies for 39 days … absolutely everything except snacks and souvenirs.

Admission decisions are need-blind, and to prove it, parents may wait for the admission decision before applying for financial aid. Exception: non-U.S. citizens must apply for aid by the application deadline, to allow more time for a visa application.

It is free to apply to SSP.

For all of these reasons, no one should allow financial considerations to deter them from applying.

“We received the answer from the financial aid committee. Please tell them how thankful we are. It’s the worst feeling for a parent to see all the potential and thirst for learning of one’s child, and worry that we can’t afford a program that would be perfect for him. My son will be finally surrounded by peers with his same drive and interest. I know that SSP will push him to see how much more there is to learn, and I assure you that the rest of the group will benefit from getting to know him, not just because he’s so smart, but because he’s an amazing human being.” -from a parent

My mom applied for financial aid because my sister was about to start college. The grant made it possible for me to attend SSP. And I’m glad I did! All the work, memories, and emotions I experienced made it the best summer of my life.” -from an alum

Financial Aid applications and accompanying tax documents may be mailed or emailed to the address on the bottom of the financial aid form.
Financial Aid Application
Financial Aid FAQs