Gap Programs Tuition & Financial Aid

Invest in your gap year and yourself for the long run.



Tuition, room, and board for gap programs vary based on the program you select (each program has a different focus, location, and length).  If you are accepted and decide to enroll, you will be asked to pay a non-refundable deposit upon enrollment. This deposit is applied to the cost of tuition. Payments can be made in installments with all account balances paid in full at least 30 days before the start of the gap program. The following is a breakdown of tuition and student expenses:

Patagonia Exchange

Tuition, room and board $17,600*
Student expense account $500
Deposit: $2,000 (applied to tuition)

(* does not include airfare to Coyhaique, Chile)

Rockies to Patagonia

Tuition, room and board $17,600
Student expense account $500
Deposit: $2,000 (applied to tuition)

(* does not include airfare to Coyhaique, Chile)


Each year, Alzar Gap offers four merit based scholarships for four qualified candidates applying to our 80 day programs. In order to be considered, candidates must submit their written application by May 1st, and respond to 2 additional prompts in the Alzar Gap application. Apply for Alzar Gap Scholarship here. 


Winter in the Rockies

Tuition, room and board $8,800
Student expense account $500
Deposit: $2,000 (applied to tuition)


Student Expense Account

The student account included above covers incidental expenses over the course of the gap program.  The account balance will be refunded at the end of the program.

financial aid

We realize that attending Alzar Gap requires a significant financial commitment on the part of your family. Our goal is to make our programs available to as many deserving students as possible. Need-based financial aid is available to all who qualify while funds remain available. If financial aid will be a factor for your family, ensure that your application is received by February 15th of the year prior to your program to receive full consideration.

how to apply for financial aid

Alzar Gap uses the services of Smart Aid to process tuition assistance applications. This is the same company that hosts our online application process. Smart Aid provides the online financial aid application and informational videos to help you through the process. To get started to click the link below and be sure to keep our school code handy (#14239).

The Financial Aid Application is available by clicking the box below:

Financial Aid Application

Alzar Gap Financial Aid Policies

Financial aid policies vary widely by school, so please understand that Alzar Gap’s policies may be different than your high school, college, or university. The following list details the policies that govern financial aid for our semester programs:

  • Admission to Alzar Gap is based on merit and granted before considering financial need.
  • All financial aid awards are based on need as determined by the Financial Aid Committee after reviewing information from the Smart Aid report.
  • It is essential that applicants complete and file all application forms and required tax forms on time (by February 15th). Late applications may not receive full consideration.
  • All financial aid records are kept confidential. Only the Financial Aid Committee will have access to any financial aid information.

process and timeline

You may begin an aid application at any time for an upcoming gap program.  Keep in mind that applications received after our February 14th deadline will still receive full consideration but our available funds may be limited.  Once your application is complete, we will notify you of the outcome via email and update you with a revised admissions timeline.

refund policies

Once you have been accepted to an Alzar Gap program, you will be asked to pay a $2,000 non refundable tuition deposit to formally enroll. Your enrollment deposit is applied as a credit toward the entire tuition amount due. The remainder of the tuition may be paid in installments and the balance is due 30 days prior to the first day of your semester. Tuition payments made to Alzar Gap are non refundable, regardless of circumstances.