Tuition & Fees

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Application Fee: A $75.00 non-refundable application fee is payable upon submitting NEW Student Application.

Enrollment Fee: A $350.00 non-refundable enrollment/re-enrollment fee is payable upon signing the enrollment contract.


2017-2018
Traditional Program Tuition

Academic Year
$4,500 – $8,000

Single Semester
$2,500 – $4,500

Explorations Traditional Program Tuition includes books, outings, and associated fees. Tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year is based on an indexed tuition model that allows us to offer a range of tuition between $4,500 and $8,000 annually.

Families may apply for indexed tuition with TADS (Tuition Aid Data Services), an objective and independent third party who will recommend family specific tuition assignments. See below for further information.


2017 -2018
Excelsior Program Tuition

Academic Year
$5,000
Single Semester
$3,000

Excelsior Program Tuition for dual enrollment includes participation in the Community Impact Course, 3 field expeditions, advising, and the accompanying books, outings, and associated fees. Indexed tuition is not available for the Excelsior Program.


Potential Additional Fees include personal outdoor clothing and equipment rental, mentoring, and a matriculation fee (charged at the start of graduation year). International expedition costs are also not included in tuition.

International Expedition Fee: $4,000-$5,000
The instructional fee varies depending on expedition location and can range between $4,000-$5,000. Fundraising assistance is available.

Independent Study (.5 Credit): $330
Students who pursue studies in addition to those offered within their program under the guidance of an Explorations Academy faculty member are responsible for additional independent study fees in .5 increments.

Matriculation Fee (Graduation Year): $455.00
This fee will be billed upon enrolling for the senior year. This fee covers the substantially elevated staff attention and workload that senior students require.


Indexed Tuition Model

Exploration Academy uses an “indexed tuition” model. Indexed tuition is a move away from the traditional approach to tuition costs and financial aid to an innovative model for determining the right tuition investment for every student based on family need, within a known range. TADS (Tuition and Data Services) will process our applications for indexed tuition. Recommendations from TADS are used by the Explorations Academy award committee in accordance with its policies to determine the award amount.

Applications for tuition assistance may be completed below by first filling out the Financial Aid Worksheet then moving on to the Financial Aid Application. The $34.00 processing fee is made payable to TADS, failure to pay the processing fee may delay the evaluation.

Click here to apply at tads.com
Click here to apply at tads.com

In just a few steps, you will be able to complete this application process. Here are a few TADS tips:

  • Download the financial aid worksheet above. This worksheet is for your benefit only. You will not be required to submit this worksheet to TADS.
  • Complete all pertinent information on the worksheet. Please note, TADS will request some verification of income and expenses. Documents supporting this information will need to be uploaded or mailed within 4 days of completing the application. Do the work ahead of time!
  • Once the worksheet is complete, start your application. With a completed worksheet, the process should take less than 20 minutes. If you don’t know the answer you can stop and save the application until you have it. TADS will not let you move forward until that page is complete.  If you have questions about any of the information being asked of you, please contact TADS directly.