Financial Aid FAQs

Financial Aid FAQs

Does the Academy offer financial aid?

Yes, the Academy offers limited, need-based financial aid to deserving students at our U.S. immersion locations in Vermont. We do not award financial aid for our study abroad locations at this time.

We encourage families seeking financial aid to apply early, as our awards are given on a first-come, first-serve basis starting in October. Additionally, since financial aid awards are distributed on a rolling basis, there is no guarantee that funds will remain available through to the end of our open enrollment period. Families seeking assistance should contact Financial Services at 802-458-9252 or with any questions.

Will submitting a financial aid application affect my chances of being accepted to the Academy?

The Academy’s admission process is “need-blind.” This means the admissions team does not know of your family’s financial situation when your application is being assessed. We encourage those interested in receiving aid to apply as soon as possible, starting in October.

How do I know if I qualify for financial aid?

Financial aid funds are distributed on a sliding scale of need. All award decisions take into consideration geography, medical bills and number of members in the household in addition to income. After both the enrollment and financial aid applications are submitted, a final decision will be sent to you in two weeks or less.

How do I apply for financial aid?

To be considered for financial assistance, you must: 1) submit a complete application to a U.S. Academy and be accepted, 2) complete and submit our required financial aid application. We will not review the financial aid application until a student has been accepted to the Academy, so the application, including essay and grades, must be completed. If you have any questions about the process or awards, please contact Financial Services at 802-458-9252 or

What do I do if I don’t have a tax return to submit with my application?

Please send proof of non-taxable income in place of a tax return. Please also send a note as to why you do not have a tax return to avoid stalling the review process.

Are returning students required to reapply for financial aid?

Yes, returning students are required to re-submit the financial aid application since aid is determined on a rolling basis, and as a result, awards differ every year.

What if I don’t qualify for financial aid?

Unfortunately, we do not offer merit-based aid at this time. However, outside scholarships or grants can be used to cover program expenses.