Dates, Fees, Discounts, Financial Aid, Late Arrivals, etc.
The Songs of Hope™ 2013 session will run from June 17 to July 30. If your child would have a conflict with either the beginning or ending date of this session, please read below about late arrivals, early departures, and missed school.
For the 2013 summer, the Fee for new, first-time participants is $2,950, subject to the special discounts offered below, as applicable.
If you apply before February 28, you get a special fee reduction of $100. If you send your application to us by email as a Word document instead of faxing or mailing it, you will receive a 5% fee reduction. Also, there is an automatic 20% Fee discount for additional participants from your family if you have a brother or sister who is a Songs of Hope™ participant. The discount applies to second, third, and any other additional siblings attending in the same year from the same family.
Participants should inquire about financial aid, if needed. Financial aid is based entirely on need and requires an application. Assistance is limited so you should apply early. Financial aid decisions for international participants may consider costs of travel and other factors that may result in additional Fee reductions. Send us an email immediately if you would like a financial aid application.
LATE ARRIVALS, EARLY DEPARTURE, AND MISSED SCHOOL
Because Songs of Hope is a global camp, it is impossible for us to schedule the project to fit all the school schedules of all the schools in the world. Therefore, we understand that some participants may need to arrive late or leave early. Don't let that stop you from applying! We are happy to make special arrangements as needed. Just send us an email to explain your scheduling challenges. Also, we have had many participants who missed some school to be in the camp. We are happy to arrange a study room for participants to keep up with studies while in Songs of Hope™. We can supply written information to schools about the learning activities during Songs of Hope™ if you think some learning may qualify for off-campus credit. And it relatively easy for us to arrange video-conferences with faraway teachers, so be sure to ask us if you have issues with a child missing some school time.
MORE ON FINANCIAL AID
Our commitment is to make Songs of Hope™ available to worthy children everywhere regardless of economic circumstances. Therefore, we offer scholarships based on need, and in 2013 we will continue to award scholarships until the money runs out. But the money does run out, so apply early!
All participants should arrive anytime on Monday, June 17. Airport pick-up, meals, and lodging for that day are included in your Fee. We suggest that children under the age of 18 traveling internationally carry a notarized letter of permission from your parents. This is not required but it is helpful. If you are traveling on an airline's Unaccompanied Minor program, you should contact us about arranging for your airport pick-up. If you cannot make arrangements to arrive on June 17, and you need to arrive earlier, you will need to make your own arrangements for transportation and lodging before June 17, when the Songs of Hope dorm opens for participants.
The total Fee for new participants includes the camp registration, airport pick-up and drop-off, room and board, all artistic aspects of the program, staff supervision, craft materials, bed linens, regularly scheduled computer and internet access, use of laundry machines, program trips, museum visits, and other admissions to scheduled activities. The Fee also includes transportation to and from SOH-sponsored activities, activity materials and equipment, and three Songs of Hope T-shirts..
Because Songs of Hope™ creates a single concert tour performed by all participants, it is not possible to attend for substantially less than the entire session.
The Fee does not include medical and dental insurance, spending money, transportation to and from Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA to attend Songs of Hope™, personal clothing and other personal items, and the required performance clothing. These matters are the separate responsibility of each participant.