Need-based Financial Aid

In 2017, The Experiment and its partner organizations awarded nearly $2 million in scholarships. Financial aid comes from The Experiment’s generous network of alumni, individual donors, foundations, and corporations.

The Experiment is committed to providing participants from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds with access to our immersive international programs. Most of The Experiment’s scholarships are need-based, and range from $250 to $3,000. Please contact our admissions office for more information.

To apply:

  1. Complete your online application for admission
  2. When submitting your online application, be sure to indicate that you are interested in financial aid.
  3. Ask a parent or guardian to complete the financial aid application before February 14.* Please note: Although our financial aid deadline is February 14, admissions and financial aid applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Programs fill quickly, and there is more funding earlier in the process. We encourage you to apply early.
  4. Financial aid decisions are made on a rolling basis until February 14 and the Experiment office will notify you about your application for financial aid; the sooner you apply for admission and need-based financial aid, the better your chances of obtaining a financial aid award (if you qualify).

* Please be aware that if you are working with a partner school or organization, the admissions and financial aid deadlines might be as early as February 1. The Leadership Institute admissions deadline is January 17

Alumni Discount

The Experiment offers an early application discount of $400 for participants who have an immediate family member who is an alumnus/alumna of The Experiment and/or for participants who are applying for a second program of The Experiment and who submit their application for admission before February 14, 2018.

Educator Discount

Educators are eligible to receive $400 off an immediate family mem­ber’s program fee. Educators include teachers, school administrators, guidance counselors, and education staff at nonprofit organizations. This discount cannot be combined with others, but financial aid and scholarships are still available to recipients of this discount. To be eligible, the applicant, or the applicant’s parent, must inform The Experiment in writing ( before April 16 that an immediate family member is an educator.

Other Funding Ideas

There are many ways prospective Experimenters can take ownership of their experience from the start. Here are some funding ideas and options to consider.

Pull in your local community and raise money for your Experiment tuition. You may consider finding a part-time job that could help you earn and save your own money. Or, pledge volunteer hours for a local nonprofit in your home community in exchange for donations. Get as creative and as committed as you want — not only will an ambitious project attract more potential donors and others willing to assist you in your funding efforts; it could spur you on to greater things as well.

Consider the following:

  • Reaching out to local Rotary clubs, Lions clubs, and/or local foundations
  • Contacting community-based organizations
  • Finding a part-time job
  • Setting up bake sales, car washes, or other fundraising initiatives
  • Crowdsourcing (fundraising on social media)—details on crowdsourcing are below

To help you reach out to community organizations, The Experiment has created a fundraising template letter. Be sure to personalize your letter with your name and Experiment program.

Questions? Do not hesitate to contact the Experiment’s admissions team at 1 800 345-2929 or at

Crowdsourcing Your Experiment Tuition

Consider expanding your fundraising to the web. Are you going on the photography program to Argentina? Sell your travel prints from your trip — in advance.

Here are some crowdfunding instructions to help you:

  1. Pick a Platform. Websites such as Gofundme, Piggybackr, Indiegogo, and Youcaring are examples of sites set up to launch your cause, attract followers, and track your fundraising progress. A lot of these sites will have service fees — usually a tiny percentage of the money you raise — so remember to adjust accordingly when setting your goal.
  2. Craft your Hook. When writing a compelling campaign to convince people to donate, remember the following:
    • Address your audience beyond family and friends — aim to convince strangers.
    • Think of yourself as a business start-up. What product, service, or concept can you offer?
    • Remember that successful fundraising is more like trading; your donors are buying a cause they support.
    • Keep it informative, personalized, and brief.
  3. Talk the Talk. Promote, promote, promote! Use Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter. Post links to your campaign as well as updates on your progress. Ask friends, family members, and supporters to spread the word. Maintain a regular schedule of updates, but avoid blitzing people’s feeds (until the final days of the campaign).
  4. Walk the Walk. After reaching your goal, follow up on your promises! Stay organized about who donated how much and what you owe. Like step three, publicize the results of your campaign and their donations. And, of course, share highlights of your time abroad.


The Experiment creates and maintains longstanding partnerships with more than 60 mentoring organizations, after-school programs, home-school organizations, community groups, public and private schools, and foundations located across the country. These important partnerships provide tremendous access and opportunity annually to a range of high school students who choose to spend their summer on an Experiment program. Some partnerships provide partial or full scholarship funding for Experimenters. Read more information about The Experiment’s partnerships.