How to Apply
Step 1: Fill out the application form, including your contact information, choice of program track, and short personal statement.
Step 2: Click here to securely submit your $700 online. You may also call our offices with a credit card, or mail a check to:
Putney Student Travel
345 Hickory Ridge Rd.
Putney, VT 05346
Step 3: Download the Agreement Form for both parent and students to sign and mail or scan and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you have completed these steps, we will tentatively hold your space in the program pending receipt of your teacher reference.
Step 4: Invite one of your teachers to provide a letter of reference, by giving them the following link: bit.ly/apmteacherref. Once your teacher has submitted their letter of reference or called and given us a reference over the phone, our Admissions Team will review your application and, within a few days of completion, notify you of the decision by email.
When should I apply?
We have a rolling admissions process and accept applicants until each session fills. Every year, however, we receive more applications than we are able to accept, so early applicants have the best chance of being accepted into their first choice Track.
Who is accepted?
Our Admissions Team carefully reviews applications and students are selected on the basis of their maturity, enthusiasm, motivation, and willingness to live and participate constructively in a supportive community environment.
What forms of payment do you accept?
You may pay by credit card (Mastercard, Visa, or Discover) through our secure online system, by personal check, or by wire transfer. Our admissions staff is also available to take credit card information over the phone. Personal checks must be in U.S. dollars and must be drawn on a U.S. bank. Checks should be made payable to Putney Student Travel with the student’s name written on the memo line. Please note that a 2.75% convenience fee is added to payments made by credit card, but is waived for the initial $700 payment. Please contact us for bank details if you prefer to pay by wire transfer.
What if I need to withdraw my application?
The $200 Application Fee is non-refundable. If you withdraw an application on or before March 15, any payments made through that date, less the $200 Application Fee, are fully refunded. If you withdraw an application after March 15, all payments are forfeited. Withdrawals are effective on the date that Putney Student Travel receives written notification.
What happens if I am not accepted?
If an application is not accepted or if space is not available in the program track listed as first choice, all payments, including the Application Fee, are refunded in full.
Do you have a wait list?
Students who wish to hold a space on a waitlist for a program that is currently full must complete the Online Application Form, submit a signed Agreement Form, and provide a $700 payment, consisting of a $200 Application Fee and a $500 Tuition Deposit. The $700 payment is fully refunded if space does not become available or if the application is withdrawn prior to a space becoming available.
Who follows up with my teacher reference?
Students are responsible for following up with teachers to ensure that they have sent a letter of reference to Putney Student Travel.
How long do I have to complete my application?
Before March 15, Putney Student Travel will temporarily hold a space for a reasonable amount of time upon receipt of a completed Online Application Form, a signed Agreement Form, and the $700 payment. The application is considered incomplete and cannot be considered for admission until we have also received a completed Personal Statement and Teacher Reference Letter. If the application is not completed within a reasonable amount of time, we will consider it withdrawn and the applicant’s temporarily held space will be released. After March 15, we must receive full payment within five days of your initial $700 payment to hold a space in the program or the application will be considered withdrawn and the $700 payment will be forfeited.
When is final payment due?
For students accepted before March 15, final payment of the full tuition and any associated fees is due on March 15. For students applying after March 15, full payment of the tuition and any associated fees is due within 5 days of your application. Putney Student Travel reserves the right to revoke an applicant’s acceptance if timely payment is not received. No refunds are provided in this circumstance.
Do you offer travel insurance?
We offer an optional Tuition Refund Plan which provides for a tuition refund if a participant is forced to withdraw from a Putney program as a result of serious illness or injury. We strongly encourage parents to protect their investment by purchasing the Tuition Refund Plan detailed on their final invoice. The Tuition Refund Plan must be purchased at the time of payment of the full tuition. For a full description of Putney’s Tuition Refund Plan, please review your Invoice Details.
What is included in the tuition?
Tuition includes all day-to-day expenses, including three meals each day, lodging, entertainment, excursions, any theatre and concert tickets, entry fees, bike and boat rentals, use of recording facilities, and all ground transportation during the program, including trains, buses, and taxis. Tuition does not include the $200 Application Fee, domestic or international airfare, baggage fees, visa fees, entry/exit fees, laundry, communication home, health care, gifts, snacks, or other personal expenses.
What additional fees might I encounter?
Application Fee • $200
Travel Coordination Fee • If your arrival to or departure from the program destination falls outside of the designated window(s) requiring special coordination from our staff, you will be charged a minimum of $150.
Unaccompanied Minor Fee • $150 fee if your child flies as an Unaccompanied Minor to/from Minneapolis International Airport. Many major airlines have policies that require students under a certain age who are flying independently to register as an "Unaccompanied Minor." Please note that registering with the airline as an "Unaccompanied Minor" often incurs a fee in addition to your ticket cost, and requires you to be escorted at all times (between security, departure/arrival gates, and connecting flights) when you are not with your leader(s) and group. Putney Student Travel provides staff and logistical support when these students arrive and depart from Minneapolis International Airport for an additional $150 fee each way.