No Matter Your Situation - You CAN Attend the Governor’s Institutes!

GIV traditionally offers a sliding scale tuition structure to make sure every young Vermonter, from any background, can participate.

GIV’s sliding scale tuition makes it affordable for all students!  Check the chart below to see where your family’s regular tuition level falls. 

You can choose to pay any amount in the white-shaded area without submitting a financial aid form.  For amounts in the brown-shaded area, there’s a brief financial aid application to qualify.

If a third party like a school or club is paying your tuition, we ask that they cover the full tuition amount.

Tuition Rates

Annual Family Income $0-$25,000 $25-$45,000 $45-$65,000 $65-$85,000 $85-$105,000 $105-$125,000 $125,000+

Short Course

Astronomy; Engineering; Entrepreneurship; Health & Medicine; Environmental Sci/Tech; Math

$10 $185 $485 $785 $1,085 $1,385 $1,685

Long Course

Arts; Global Issues & Youth Action; Technology/Design/Coding; The Governor’s School

$20 $285 $585 $1,085 $1,385 $1,685 $1,985

Girls in STEM, Tech & Business

Architecture/Design/Building (GS); Astronomy; Engineering; Entrepreneurship; Math; Technology/Design/Coding

$10 $135 $385 $685 $885 $1,185 $1,385

Boys in Arts & Humanities

Arts; Global Issues & Youth Action; Philosophy (GS); Writing (GS)

$20 $185 $485 $885 $1,185 $1,485 $1,785


To qualify for a rate in the brown-shaded columns, you must provide a financial aid worksheet and income tax documentation. If your income does not qualify you for lower tuition but you have extenuating circumstances, submit the same financial aid worksheet and tax documentation plus a note describing circumstances to request a lower rate.

Accepted and Need Additional Financial Aid?

Send us an email explaining the situation, along with income tax documentation to [email protected] and we will work with you to make GIV more affordable.

If tuition is being covered by a third party such as an agency or school, the third party does not qualify for sliding scale tuition discounts.  The third-party rate is $1695 (short course) or $1985 (long course).

Some Institutes may offer the option to earn college credits. Please note that colleges charge an extra fee on top of GIV tuition for granting credits, but most students can utilize a Dual Enrollment voucher to fully cover that fee. The Dual Enrollment program guarantees free college credits for VT juniors and seniors. Dual Enrollment funds by law may not be used to pay GIV tuition, which is due separately. To learn more, click here.

Helpful Hints

  • For a split household, please combine both family incomes. If you are applying for a tuition amount in the shaded columns, we’ll need financial documentation from both parents.
  • Extenuating circumstances can include anything that affects your family’s ability to pay, such as job loss, family size, elder parent care, siblings in college, illness or injury, etc. Please send us a note describing the situation so that we are best able to help.
  • Some schools and foster care agencies pay for tuition, as does Vocational Rehab.
  • We’ll be happy to send you a donation receipt for any amount you choose to pay over your recommended tuition. Just give us a heads up that you’re doing so!
  • Installment-based payment plans are available by calling (802) 865-4448.

Can You Be a Tuition Hero?

Help GIV enroll a student who cannot afford full tuition by contributing scholarship funds today. Your one-time or yearly gift helps make sure that GIV is open to all young Vermonters with a passion for learning, plus it’s fully tax-deductible. For more information, contact [email protected].

Out-of-State  Students

Residents of states other than Vermont accepted to GIV Institutes are not eligible for subsidized tuition. Students from border schools in NH, NY and MA which serve a significant proportion of Vermonters may submit an application for reduced tuition to GIV to be considered for any scholarship funds that may be available to those specific locations.

Please Note


Once a student has been accepted, tuition is non-refundable. Scholarships are not redeemable for cash.

So What Are You Waiting For? Join a GIV Institute Today!

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