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Investing in a Christian, Liberal Arts Gap Year

Cost of the Vanguard Gap Year

If a participant takes full advantage of the opportunities to reduce program cost, the total out of pocket program cost is $11,000.

There's no way around it: any gap year is a significant investment. College? Even more so. 

Research shows students who have completed a gap year are more motivated and disciplined in their academic pursuits. Too many students use valuable time in college just learning how to navigate life away from home...

  • Learning how to balance school work, a social calendar, and sleep 
  • Developing healthy expectations and boundaries
  • Taking a extraneous classes to determine their major

While Vanguard is an investment, it prepares students to jump into college with a purpose, knowing who they are and where they want to go. If a participant takes full advantage of the opportunities to reduce program cost, the total out of pocket program cost of Vanguard is $11,000.

Program Costs:

Program Deposit $300 
Fall Semester $6,500
Spring Semester $6,500
Summer Semester* $2,500
Immersion Experiences $2,500

Total Program Costs



Program Cost: Additional Information

A $300 deposit (nonrefundable after May 1) confirms enrollment. After successful completion of the program, all bills being paid, this deposit will be refunded.

Semester payments are due by the first day of Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Summer semester payment waived if student works during the summer immediately following the Vanguard Gap Year.

Vanguards will raise support for their immersion experiences. If the community goal is not met, the amount needed will be divided over the group and become a program cost billed at the end of the spring semester.

Decrease the Cost of Your Gap Year

Reducing Program Costs

Program Deposit Refund $300
Student Contribution $1,000
HoneyRock Match to Student Contribution  $1,000
Immersion Experiences Fundraising $2,500
Waived Summer Semester Payment $2,500

Total Potential Reduction



Decrease the Cost: Additional Info

As long as the Vanguard has raised the full expense of the immersion experience and passes their room inspection at the end of the year, this deposit is returned in full.

A matching scholarship up to $1,000 is given when a Vanguard participant contributes $1,000 of their own money towards program costs. This must be personally earned and cannot be raised through fundraising or gifts.

Vanguards will be guided through the fundraising process to raise the needed money for the immersion experiences.

Applying for Need-Based Scholarships

Once your Vanguard application is complete, we will provide instructions & deadlines for applying for financial aid.

Estimated Indirect Costs

Listed below are the estimated indirect costs that a participant could incur that are outside of the program cost. The costs may be greater or lower depending on the individual situation. We strongly encourage each Vanguard to have a debit card that parents can access and monitor. This allows Vanguards to learn how to budget their living expenses over the course of one year.

  • Personal expenses/miscellaneous = $1,000
    Includes but not limited to laundry, snacks, dinner in town, movie, etc...
  • Transportation = $600
    Traveling to and from HoneyRock during Christmas and Spring breaks.
  • Total Estimated Indirect Costs = $1,600
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