Tuition and Financial Aid


Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the 2021 Design Discovery Virtual Program is $2,400. Please expect to purchase additional materials and supplies for projects throughout the course of the program. Depending on your location this could be as much as an additional 200.00 USD.

Payment Policy

A nonrefundable application fee of $80 must accompany each application. If admitted, your decision and tuition are due within two weeks.

Financial Assistance

Financial aid takes into account many factors; however, as a guide, if the applicant and/or parents (if appropriate) have a combined gross income that exceeds $40,000, an aid award is unlikely.

To apply, please submit a Financial Aid Application Form along with the required documentation by the deadline of April 30, 2021. Please see the application for more information.

Please Note: Design Discovery Virtual financial aid is not federally subsidized and is available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only. International students are not eligible to apply. Requests for aid will not be considered without a completed program application. Late applications will not be considered.


Tuition and Financial Aid FAQ

Q: Can I pay the tuition with a credit card?
A: Yes. Further payment instructions will be provided in your admittance letter. Tuition payments must be submitted online via the online system.

Q: I am applying for financial aid. Are tax forms from my parents required?
A: Tax forms from parents are required for every applicant under the age of 30.

Q: Can the application fee be waived if I am applying for financial aid?
A: No. We are unable to waive the application fee.

Q: Is financial aid available for international students?
A: No. Design Discovery Virtual financial aid is not federally subsidized and is available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only. International students are not eligible to apply for financial aid.

Q: Is there a specific Design Discovery Virtual financial aid application that I should use when I apply?
A: Yes. The Design Discovery Virtual financial aid application form is part of the program’s online application. Once you indicate an interest in applying for aid, the aid application option will appear on your online status page. In order to apply for aid, submit this form and supporting documents online with the rest of your application by the deadline.

Q: What does it mean to qualify for financial aid?
A: Design Discovery Virtual financial aid funds are need-based awards, which means that funding is based on the financial situation of the student. Financial aid takes into account many factors; however, as a guide, if the applicant’s and parents’ (if appropriate) combined adjusted gross income exceeds $40,000, an aid award is unlikely.

Q: The website says that my financial aid application is due with the program’s application. Does this mean that I have to apply for financial aid before I know if I am admitted?
A: Yes, you need to complete the Design Discovery Virtual online application in order to access the financial aid application form. We advise submitting the financial aid application form prior to receiving your admissions decision letter.

Q: If I am admitted to Design Discovery Virtual, will my financial aid award letter be included with my admissions email?
A: No. You will be notified in a separate email from the Design Discovery Virtual Program Administrator, Kelly Wisnaskas, about your financial aid award.

Q: I missed the financial aid application deadline. Does this mean I cannot get financial aid?
A: Late financial aid applications will not be considered.

Q: If I receive an aid award, what will it cover?
A: Awards only apply towards tuition and possible support for a computer device.