Tuition and Payment


Tuition fees for Elementary Division courses range from $650 – $700.  For Secondary Division courses, tuition fees range from $650 – $1500 (see Secondary Division course descriptions for details).  Families will be notified of the course tuition fees due when Placement Decisions are mailed  (SD: March 27, ED: April 25). Full tuition (or balance of tuition, if the student was awarded partial financial aid) should be paid by Monday, April 28 (SD) and Wednesday, May 28 (ED). If a family needs to pay in installments, the first payment of at least $100 must be postmarked by April 28 (SD) or May 28 (ED). Full payment for all ATDP courses is due by Friday, August 1, the last day of classes.

Application Processing Fee

A $50 application processing fee is required for each application submitted.  This non-refundable fee is separate from tuition.

Sibling Discount

For families sending two or more siblings to the program, a $35 tuition discount is available for each student. For example, if two siblings attended, each student would receive one $35 discount from tuition, for a total family discount of $70. This discount is taken from course tuition only, not from the $50 application processing fee.

Financial Aid

How are financial aid awards determined?

Financial aid awards are based on total family resources, determined in part by tax returns and schedules. We make every effort to help families with limited resources; however, we are often unable to offer full financial aid, and families who receive full financial aid for tuition will still need to pay the course materials fee.

A drastic change in my financial situation is not reflected on my tax return. What should I do?

Attach a letter explaining your situation, as well as any supporting documents (e.g., unemployment forms), to the tax forms you send in.

ATDP is a self-supporting program funded by student fees. However, limited need-based financial aid is available to qualified applicants. We are unable to provide financial aid to children of international students, those coming from outside of the immediate San Francisco Bay Area, or 11th graders who are new to the program.

Requests for financial aid—complete with supporting documents, tax returns, and schedules—are due by the application deadlinesWe cannot consider applications for financial aid after these deadlines. If payment of the non-refundable $50 processing fee poses a financial hardship, attach a signed note of explanation with the tax returns in lieu of the payment.

All admission and placement decisions are made independently of financial aid status. Your application will not be held up pending a financial aid decision. However, we can only evaluate your request for financial aid once we receive all required documents. Financial aid decisions are based on total resources, not only on household income. Applicants who are accepted will be mailed notification of the amount of financial aid on March 27 (SD) or April 25 (ED). Awards cover base tuition only; they do not cover transportation, textbooks, course materials fees or other expenses. Families who need to pay tuition in installments will have until August 1 to do so. Details will be included in the acceptance letter.

To apply for financial aid, see the financial aid section of the application instructions.

Refund Policy

A parent whose registered student is unable to attend must withdraw the student in writing and may request a tuition refund. Prior to the deadline of Wednesday, May 14 (SD) and Wednesday, June 11 (ED), tuition payments are refundable. After these deadlines, refunds are subject to the ATDP Refund Schedule, which will be included in the student’s acceptance packet.

No refund will be made in the case of a student who fails to attend classes, to complete homework, or to meet the standards of appropriate behavior. The $50 processing fee is also nonrefundable.