Tuition and Rates


At EXPLO, we believe in delivering the best experience possible, which includes being transparent about the pricing of our programs.

Tuition at EXPLO is all-inclusive in nature: it includes all programming costs, course supplies, room and board, entertainment, and tuition insurance throughout a student’s stay on campus. Any additional fees that are based on individual student circumstances and student choice while at the program are outlined below.

With the safety of our students and staff being of the utmost importance, EXPLO is currently only offering residential summer programs in 2021. When safety allows, we may offer day programming as well in certain locations.

New in 2021: Program/Travel Protection Plans
To help families protect their investment, EXPLO is offering families a Program/Travel Protection Plan should they need to withdraw after our May 1, 2021 refund deadline. These plans apply to the period leading up to the start of the program and while your child is on campus during the summer. Should illness strike or a student need to be quarantined, insurance is available to cover these scenarios. Learn more about EXPLO Program/Travel Protection Plans.

Residential Program Tuition

Grades 4-7
3 week session
Grades 8-10
3 week session
Grades 10-12
2 week session
One Session $6,790 $6,995 $5,875
Two Sessions $12,900 $13,290 $11,150
Three Sessions N/A N/A $16,450
Optional College Credit* N/A N/A $400
*Students who enroll in the Grades 10-12 Pre-College + Career program have the option of completing a post-program research and writing project to earn two college credits through Sarah Lawrence College. Learn more about college credit at EXPLO.

There is an additional non-refundable $75 fee for all international student applicants to cover the cost of student interviews, language assessments, additional staffing, visa support letters, and other associated costs.

International Student Health Insurance: All students are expected to obtain health insurance coverage meeting EXPLO coverage requirements, and to provide health insurance documentation prior to departure for the United States. For individuals who need to purchase health insurance that provides coverage while in the U.S., EXPLO has identified affordable $0 deductible plans to make it easy on families should medical services need to be used. Purchase an International Student Health Insurance Plan.

If you are a U.S. resident and need assistance obtaining health insurance to attend EXPLO, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.


At time of applying to EXPLO, a $750 deposit is required for each session the student attends. The deposit will be applied to your tuition, and will be deducted from your final payment due by May 1, 2021. The deposit is refundable until May 1, 2021, after which time it becomes non-refundable.

Credit cards are our preferred payment type for online deposits. A credit card deposit will expedite our ability to process your application. If you pay your deposit via check or bank wire, we will not be able to process your application until we have received payment.

Airport Pick-Up/Drop-Off:

While many of our students arrange for private transportation, EXPLO staff will be ready to meet any student upon arrival to ensure safe transportation to campus. The airport pick-up/drop-off charge is $75 one way, or $150 round trip. We provide this service for students arriving at Boston Logan airport (BOS) and New York JFK airport (JFK)*.

For students who arrive off-hours or who choose to use a different airport, EXPLO can help arrange transportation to campus through our trusted travel partner. (Additional fees may apply.)

*Please note: due to New York State COVID-19 international travel and quarantine policies, we are unable to pick up students arriving on international flights to JFK in Summer 2021.

Rates and Discounts

Alumni Discounts:

EXPLO offers a rolling returning discount for students who have previously attended an EXPLO campus based summer program.

  • $250 per 3-week residential session
  • $200 per 2-week residential session

Multi-Session Discounts:

Multi-session discounts are available at all residential programs. Please see the residential tuition table above for multi-session tuition rates. For students attending multi-sessions of different program types, a 10% discount will be applied to the lower priced session.

Sibling Discounts:

If two or more students in a family are attending an EXPLO program(s), each student will receive a discount of:

  • $200 per 3-week residential session
  • $150 per 2-week residential session

Have any questions regarding any of the discounts offered above? Please contact our Admissions team and they will be happy to assist.

Notes on Required Charges

In addition to the base tuition to attend our summer programs, the following charges apply:

  • Damage Deposit: at time of enrollment, EXPLO collects a standard damage deposit of $100 per student. It is used to offset any charges incurred for damage to a student’s room, furnishings, or pro-rated shares of extraordinary damage to common facilities in the dormitories. Families may be charged if a student’s room is left dirty or in a state of disarray. Parents are responsible for any damage beyond the deposit. If there is no damage or balance due, the Damage Deposit will be refunded to the person responsible for billing by late September.
  • Miscellaneous Account: specific to the student, funds are used to cover any elective trips chosen by the student and offered at that time, sundries, lost keys or ID cards, lost POM Contact Tracers, additional meals where applicable, and COVID testing if needed. This account can be supplemented by parents at any time. If a student has a low balance or overdraws this account, our main office will be in contact with you to arrange payment. All unused amounts, except those covered by a scholarship, will be returned to the person responsible for billing by late September.

    2021 Miscellaneous Account fees per session:
    – Grades 4-7: $450 (per 3-week session)
    – Grades 8-10: $450 (per 3-week session)
    – Grades 10-12: $350 (per 2-week session)

  • COVID Surcharge Fee: Keeping students safe and healthy while COVID is still a presence requires diligent planning and adapting our operations in a number of areas. This supplemental fee covers additional staffing for enhanced cleaning, supervision, and medical support, as well as costs associated with the procurement of PPE, additional cleaning and sanitizing materials, additional equipment (hand sanitizing stations, thermometers, signage), an expanded health center, and a lower density in residence halls, classrooms, and other facilities. The surcharge fee is $150 per session.

Payment + Refund Policies

Payment Information

Final balances are due by May 1, 2021.

Final payments must be received in full by May 1, 2021 for all students, regardless of which session they will attend. Students applying after the final balance due date of May 1, 2021, must pay the entire bill within 10 days of acceptance to the program. Students enrolling after June 1, 2021 must pay by certified check, wire, or credit card.

In the event that space is not available at a program, families will be notified in writing that the student has been placed on a waitlist and EXPLO will hold the deposit. If space does not become available for the student, or if the family wishes to be removed from the waitlist, EXPLO will return the deposit in full.

Payment Options

Final payments can be made via check, wire, or debit/credit card.

Checks must be drawn on U.S. Banks in U.S. funds. We will not accept checks drawn on a foreign bank.

Make checks payable to Exploration School. Include the name of the student and program they are attending on the check (e.g. Jane Smith, Grades 10-12).

Any returned checks will result in a charge of $35.

Please note: Final payments made via wire or debit/credit card may incur a small processing fee from the third party administrator used to process these forms of payment.

Refund Policy

Deposit + Tuition
Families can get 100% of their deposit or prepaid tuition refunded until May 1, 2021, for any reason. Please submit a request in writing to [email protected].

Tuition Insurance
While no one expects their child to depart early from a program session, from time to time unexpected things happen. Each year, students leave programs for a variety of unforeseen reasons including illness, homesickness, family emergencies, etc. Your financial obligation to EXPLO is for the full tuition as stated in the program registration material. The program has fixed expenses whether a student completes the program or not and, therefore, EXPLO will not refund the tuition or fees if your child departs early.

Every student enrolled in an EXPLO program with a session length longer than one week is automatically covered by tuition refund insurance administered by A.W.G. Dewar, Inc., and underwritten by the member companies of Atlantic Specialty Insurance Company.

This plan does not provide coverage for any event or circumstances prior to the first day of the student’s session. Through the EXPLO Tuition Refund Plan, partial financial relief may be available if your child withdraws early from the program session. Timely claim applications must be completed and submitted. Should A.W.G. Dewar make a claim payment, it will be paid to EXPLO for credit to your account. Click here for terms and conditions of the policy.

Financial Aid

EXPLO offers need-based financial aid in the form of grants and scholarships. Learn more about financial aid at EXPLO.