Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the application process?

You can visit our website at www.summerspringboard.com to get the application process started online or contact our Admissions Advisors at 858.780.5660 today! An application, $400 program deposit and $95 nonrefundable application fee are required to reserve your space. You can call one of our Admissions Advisors with your credit card information or use our secure online system.

How much is tuition and what does it cover?

Residential Tuition: $4,998

– Includes: all meals, lodging, field trips, academic program, weekend excursions

– Excludes: optional airport pickup and drop off service (available for an additional fee)

Extended Commuter Tuition: $3,398 

– Includes: lunch, dinner, field trips, academic program, programming from 9am to 8pm, weekend excursions

– Excludes: lodging, breakfast

Commuter Tuition: $2,498

– Includes: field trips, academic program, programming from 9am to 5pm, Monday-Friday

– Excludes: lodging, meals (lunch plan available for $200), weekend excursions

Are there any supplemental fees?

Medicine & Healthcare tuition supplement (mandatory): $250 

Airport pickup and drop-off: $95 each way

Lunch supplement (for commuters): $200  

When is the tuition payment due?

If application submitted any time before March 1, payments are due on:

– March 1: 33% of balance due

– April 1: 33% of balance due

– May 1: remaining balance

If application submitted any time after March 1, payments are due on:

– April 1: 50% of balance due

– May 1: remaining balance

If application submitted any time after May 1, payments are due on:

– Immediately: full balance due within 48 hours

Summer Springboard accepts Visa and MasterCard credit card payments, electronic bank transfers (please contact us for details), and US personal checks and money orders payable in dollars. Checks and money orders should be sent to:

Summer Springboard
10509 San Diego Mission Road, Suite A
San Diego, CA 92108

Are there any scholarships available?

Please contact our Admissions Officers for more information on scholarship and suggestions for fundraising strategies.

What sets Summer Springboard apart from other pre-college summer programs?

Summer Springboard is a unique blend of career and academic exploration, The True You (college prep), and the college experience. Unlike summer camp or summer school, the goal of our program is to help students increase their self-awareness so they can make decisions about college selection, academic majors, and careers that reflect their personal vision for success.

The journey to success in career and happiness in life is deeply personal. We believe goals can best be realized when students have a true sense of what makes them unique. At Summer Springboard we give college-bound teens professional insight, self-awareness, and the confidence needed for success in college and beyond.

Who are your instructors? Are they professors from the host university?

They are not professors from the host university. Summer Springboard instructors are a combination of real world professionals, people pursuing graduate degrees in a field, or experienced educators.

What official documents do we receive upon completion of the program?

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive the following documents: Certificate of Completion, Letter of Reference from instructor, and a Student Performance Review.

Is this program operated by the host university?

No, Summer Springboard is an independent program that leases space from the host university.  Universities and their affiliated departments are not responsible for the Summer Springboard program in any way.

What kind of student is Summer Springboard designed for?

Summer Springboard is designed for college-bound high school students who want to get a first hand taste of campus living, learn more about their academic and career interests from real world experts, improve their personal leadership skills and create their own unique pathway to happiness and success. Our students are bright and motivated teens from all over the world, who are eager to meet new people and experience new things. This makes for a diverse and exciting community of new friends.

Are all students / applicants accepted?

Acceptance into a Summer Springboard program will be based on a combination of the applicant’s academic achievement, involvement in extracurricular activities, future goals, motivations, expectations and character indicated by the responses to our application questions. Summer Springboard reserves the right to accept or deny any application at their discretion, however the Summer Springboard application is not designed to exclude students from our programs. We encourage all students with an interest in academic exploration, personal development and creating a path for success to apply to Summer Springboard.

Are there age restrictions?

Our programs are for students who are 14 – 18, or incoming freshmen through outgoing seniors. If you are currently in 8th or 12th grade, you can still participate this coming summer.

Where do I stay?

Summer Springboard students will live in an actual university dormitory on one of the country’s top campuses. Just like a college student, you will share a dorm room with roommates, and use a common bathroom. Rooms contain an extra-long twin size bed, desks, drawers, mirror and a closet. Bed sheets and linens will be provided. All rooms are gender-segregated and housing is assigned based on our housing survey, student age and geographic diversity. A Resident Advisor (RA) will live in the same hall to create a community, provide support, plan activities and help you get the most out of your stay. Other members of the Summer Springboard staff also live on campus and are available to support students and handle emergencies, 24 hours a day.

Are flights included?

The cost of flights are not included in the program tuition, in order to give you maximum flexibility in purchasing flights that work for your family. Once enrolled, you can book on your own using discount websites, utilizing frequent flyer miles that you may have accrued, or your own preferred travel agent should you have one.

Do you provide an airport shuttle service to and from Summer Springboard?

We offer an optional shuttle service ($95 each way) between designated airports and Summer Springboard program sites. Students who sign up for this service will be given the name and cell phone number of the staff member who will meet their child at the airport. Staff members will meet arriving students at the baggage claim area and will be wearing Summer Springboard shirts and carrying a Summer Springboard sign. Once all students have arrived our staff members will escort students to an approved shuttle bus. We will require a copy of the flight itinerary and a cell phone number for all students traveling by air. Our staff will monitor flight arrival information for students being picked up in case there are any changes or delays. Once students have connected with our staff at the airport they will be instructed to call their parents to notify them of arrival. For departures, our staff members will accompany students to the airport, assist with check-in, and escort students to the security gate. Our staff members will remain at the airport until all student flights have departed.

What is your company’s history?

Inspired by our successful sister organizations, Global Leadership Adventures for teens and Discover Corps, Summer Springboard aims to continue on over a decade of experience providing unique and compelling summer experiences for college-bound teens as they look to grow, expand and impact their communities.

What kind of supervision is provided?

Summer Spring board student-to-staff ratio is at least 8-to-1. All of the Summer Springboard staff have extensive experience working with teens and live in the same residence halls, supervising and providing 24-hour guidance and support.

Will students be safe and secure?

At Summer Springboard, our number one priority is creating a safe and secure environment for our students. Students will remain with program staff at all times. All of our campus locations have been selected based on their distinction for safety and comfort. All program staff go through a rigorous training program to ensure students not only learn, but do so in the safest way possible. Staff are trained in our 5-Point Safety System which ensures that issues are addressed efficiently and safely, and that students, parents, staff, and campus partners are in close communication.

What if I break the Summer Springboard rules?

Every applicant to Summer Springboard and the applicant’s parent/guardian is required to review and sign Code of Conduct Agreement. Breaking the law or any of the rules & policies detailed in the Code of Conduct Agreement will result in immediate dismissal or probation at the discretion of the Summer Springboard staff. If you are on probation and you break another rule, you will be sent home immediately. Please review the Summer Springboard Code of Conduct form carefully.


Refunds and Cancellations

What is the refund policy?

All tuition payments, once received, become subject to our refund policy. Depending on the date of the cancellation request, certain portions of the program fees are refundable. If a student withdraws for any reason prior to the program start date, the student’s parent or legal guardian must notify Summer Springboard in writing. The amount of the refund will be calculated according to the date on which Summer Springboard receives this written notification. The refund policy is as follows:

– Any time before April 1: all tuition is refundable (including deposit)  

– Between April 1 and May 1: 75% of tuition paid is refundable (except deposit). Option to roll over 100% of monies paid as credit for a future year.

– After May 1: 25% of tuition is refundable. Option to roll over 50% of monies paid as credit for future year.

– After June 1: 0% is refundable

If the tuition balance has not been paid in full at the time of cancellation, the above percentages apply to the amount paid as of the date of cancellation.

If an application is not completed within 30 days of deposit, Summer Springboard reserves the right to cancel the application and retain the deposit and any additional funds paid. If your balance is overdue, Summer Springboard reserves the right to cancel the application and retain the deposit and any additional funds paid.

Note: The $95 application fee is always non-refundable. The $400 program deposit is subject to our refund policy.