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Cost of the Vanguard Gap Year

The cost of the Vanguard Gap Year Program is $18,500 for 9 months of programming, four immersion trips/experiences, 8 college course credits, and room & board. There are opportunities to reduce this program cost by participant contribution, fundraising for the immersion experiences, and working at HoneyRock during the summer semester. If a participant takes full advantage of the opportunities to reduce program cost, the total out of pocket program cost comes to $11,000.

Program Costs:

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

Total Program Costs



A $500 deposit (nonrefundable after May 1) confirms enrollment. After successful completion of the program, all bills being paid, this deposit will be refunded.

Semester Payments:

Due by the first day of Fall and Spring semesters.

Immersion Experiences:

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.

 *Summer semester payment waived if student works during the summer immediately following the Vanguard Gap Year

Ways to Reduce Program Cost

Ways to Reduce Program Costs:

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

 Total Potential Reduction


Program Deposit Refund:

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.

Student Contribution:

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.

Immersion Experiences Fundraising:

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

Summer Job at HoneyRock:

Vanguards will earn up to $2,500 by working in a variety of support, operational, or program roles throughout the summer. It is up to the parents and/or participant to determine if this money is applied to the program cost. Participation in a summer role is a required part of the program.

Estimated Indirect Costs

Listed below are the estimated indirect costs that a participant could incur that are outside of the . 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