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THINK Summer Institute: Tuition and Fees

Program Fee Details for 2024

THINK program fees cover course credits, board, textbooks and class materials, laundry fees, and the cost of planned program activities. Additionally, participants are responsible for transportation to and from the program and spending money. Davidson does not provide transportation or shuttle services. A non-refundable deposit per student is required to secure your student’s space in the program and is due two weeks after acceptance notification. All remaining tuition fees are due by April 26, 2024. If you have not paid your students’ tuition fees by April 26, your credit card on file will be automatically charged on April 29, 2024. 

2024Program FeesDue
Application Fee$25 (To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Davidson Institute,
the 2024 THINK application fee has been reduced from $50 to only $25!)
during application submission
Deposit$1,000two weeks after acceptance
Remaining Fee$3,425by April 26

Refund/Cancellation Policy 

All program fees, including deposits and tuition, are non-refundable. Any plans to cancel enrollment or otherwise not attend the program after being enrolled, must be submitted in writing via email to 

Early Dismissal or Departure Refunds 

Participants who are fully enrolled but are unable to attend and/or check-in, as well as those departing and/or dismissed early from camp, no matter the reason, are subject to a complete loss of fees. Early dismissals or departures due to medical reasons are subject to complete loss of fees depending on the circumstances and time spent at camp. Refunds are not available for loss of programming or changes to programming made to safely accommodate any medical concerns. Additionally, students who have departed and/or are dismissed early from camp, no matter the reason, are unable to return to camp. 

THINK courses may or may not be completed from home due to an early dismissal. It is up to the discretion of the THINK staff and academic instructor(s) to determine if it is appropriate and feasible for a student to finish a course remotely. This decision is based on a number of factors which are subject to evaluation on a case-by-case basis only. Students are subject to receiving a withdraw, or a “W” on their transcript for any course(s) they are unable to finish. Please see the early dismissal or departure refund policy above. 

Financial Assistance

The Davidson Institute provides financial assistance (FA) to families who demonstrate financial need for THINK. FA may be available to help defer a portion of tuition, and/or transportation expenses. Please keep in mind that the Davidson Institute has seen an increase in the number of families applying and qualifying for financial assistance; therefore, we must prioritize the distribution of funds we have available to assist families. Davidson Institute financial assistance awards never cover 100% of any expense.

Should your family need FA to attend the program, please complete the Financial Assistance Application concurrently with the Davidson THINK Summer Institute application. This ensures that notification of award status can be sent to you prior to any deposit deadlines. This deadline is crucial if your decision to attend is dependent upon FA.

If you are a Davidson Young Scholar who already has a current, approved FA application on file, please contact our Financial Assistance Coordinator at

Additional assistance may be obtainable through these national and state scholarships. Gifted associations or local business may also provide financial support or sponsorships to community members.