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Tuition, Financial Aid and Scholarships

Our school at sea program is unique. We are a non-profit school owned by the Sørlandet Foundation and all tuition goes to cover costs related to the program and to preserving the world's oldest sailing fully-rigged Tall Ship, the Sørlandet.

Tuition

  • Application fee for new students: € 150,-
  • Norwegian students: NOK 315,000,-
  • International students: € 56,000,- (Aprox USD 60,000)

The annual tuition fee includes:

Full boarding, cost of the academic program, field studies and lab work.

Extras

Extras are hard to predict as they vary from port to port, and from student to student. Typical extras to be aware of are:

  • Transport cost to starting destination, and parent ports if you wish to visit.
  • Vaccines (Amount varies for students and itineraries. Perhaps 100-400 EUR)
  • Visas (Varies for nationalities and itineraries. Perhaps 25-200 EUR)
  • Uniform (Approx 100 EUR)
  • Sailing gear. This is optional but recommended. You will need to keep dry and warm for some of the sailing legs. Expense range can vary, and you might have some of the items already. Perhaps 200-500 EUR.
  • Pocket money for shore leave in port. Typically students use their pocket money for souvenirs, SIM-cards, clothes, lunch and dinner on their spare time and snacks. All activities organized by the school is covered by the tuition. They should also try to do laundry in port as weather conditions can affect the laundry opportunities on board.
  • Insurance. 600 EUR.

Students should bring as little cash as possible and must instead bring an ATM card where they can access funds for their personal expenses. For the cash that they do bring, it is advisable to research what currency would be best. USD are for example valid currency on many Caribbean islands. We also recommend that students bring a credit card with a set limit  in case your ATM card is lost, demagnetized, broken or will not work for any other reason . For students who are minors, we recommend that you check with your local bank as they might offer alternatives for students under the age of 18.

Insurance

Travel, repatriation and health Insurance is a supplementary expense. The school offers an insurance at a cost of approximately 600 Euros. Families will be invoiced directly and details re: specific coverage and all related terms and conditions are available from our Norwegian office. It is compulsory and the invoice must have been paid prior to boarding the ship in August.

Note that this insurance does NOT include Tuition Reimbursement Insurance and families who would like to sign that as well are encouraged to seek out this in addition.

For questions regarding coverage and claims please contact Europeiske Reiseforsikring (If):

  • +47 02400
  • +47 980 020 2400
  • www.if.no
  • Refer to “Stiftelsen Fullriggeren Sørlandet”

Payment plan

Tuition is paid through three (3) instalments:

  1. a 10% non-refundable deposit within  14 calendar days of offer of acceptance
  2. 50 % of the remaining tuition by May 1st
  3. The remaining tuition by August 1st.

All fees are due on the dates listed above and are non-refundable. 

Fees may be paid in NOK, Euro or in US Dollars as converted from the Euro value on the date of the transaction.

External Scholarships

Statens Lånekasse

The Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen) is a government agency that provides financial support to students.

Students can apply for support for a VG2 year abroad (“Utveksling på videregående utenfor Norden”) through “Stiftelsen Fullriggeren Sørlandet”. The Foundation is approved as an exchange organization (Utvekslingsorganisasjon) by SIU which qualifies students at A+ World Academy for support by Lånekassen.

For: Norwegian students on exchange in VG2.

Amount: Approximately 130.000 – 150.000 NOK (Borteboerstipend, Stipend til delvis dekning av skolepenger, utstyrsstipend og reisestipend)

Eligibility: Norwegian students at A+ World Academy qualify for grants from Lånekassen if they fulfil their school’s requirements for exchange. Students will need to fill our a “P-skjema” and obtain a “Forhåndstilsagn” from their Norwegian School. We advise students to contact their school counsellor for more information about exchange requirements.

How to apply: In order to be granted support from Lånekassen, you will need to fill out an online application on their website. This is how you apply:

  1. Set a meeting with your school counsellor and make sure that you meet the criteria for “utveksling”. They will give you a ”forhåndstilsagn”. You should bring the ”Exchange with A+” pdf document in the resource section below to you meeting with the counsellor.
  2. Fill out “Lånekassens P-skjema”, sign it, scan it and send it to the Director of Admission at A+.
  3. We will sign it and supply a confirmation that you will be paying tuition.
  4. Log inn to www.lanekassen.no and apply for “stipend/lån” for “utveksling påvideregående utenfor norden”
  5. Upload supporting documentation that shows the approved exchange organisation (Stiftelsen Fullriggeren Sørlandet) what country you are on exchange to (Switzerland). This is documented on the “P-skjema”.
  6.  Upload supporting documentation from your Norwegian school. This is the “Forhåndstilsagn”
  7. Upload a confirmation that you are paying tuition. This is the document we give you together with the signed P-skjema.

When to Apply: Applications typically open in May/June of the year when you will leave for exchange and will close in the spring the following year. For students that will attend A+ World Academy in 2017/2018 the applications will open in May/June 2017.

Resources:

The Explorer’s Club

The Explorer’s club has a proud tradition of exploration and pioneering, and looks toward the future by recognizing the importance of new ideas and avenues of exploration. Student may apply for High School grants meant to foster a new generation of explorers dedicated to the advancement of the scientific knowledge of our world.

Amount: Range from $500 to $5,000. They recommend keeping the budget realistic. Only a few grants may be awarded at the $5,000 level.

How to apply:

Tall Ships America Scholarships

Tall Ships America offers a variety of scholarship and grant opportunities designed to support the sail training industry, make the sail training experience available to a broader range of people, and assist young people in getting to sea under sail. Two scholarships are relevant for students of A+ World Academy:

Henry H. Anderson, Jr. Sail Training Scholarship
For: Students age 14 years to 19 with a demonstrated need for financial assistance who are genuinely interested experiencing sail training and education under sail. Preference will be given to those applications who are from the Pacific Northwest. 

Amount: Up to 75% of program fee; maximum award - $750

How to apply: A student must complete an application (An incomplete application will not be considered for funding.) The applicant may contact the Tall Ships America office for guidance in completion and submission of the application. This is how you apply:

  • First, complete the application to A+ World Academy and advise the school that you are applying for a Tall Ships America financial assistance scholarship.
  • Download an application form for the Henry H. Anderson, Jr. Sail Training Scholarship from the Tall Ships America Web site and complete it in full.
  • Write a description of what you feel they you achieve by participating in the sail training experience. Guidelines for submitting this information are included in the application form.
  • Send a copy of your A+ Application, Henry H. Anderson, Jr. Sail Training Scholarship Application form and the description to Tall Ships America via first class mail and to A+ World Academy electronically via email.

NB! Applications should be typewritten or legibly printed.

When to apply: At least four (4) months prior to the start of your school year at A+ World Academy

Website: http://www.sailtraining.org/grants/HHAscholarships.php

Ernestine Bennett Memorial Sail Training Scholarship

For:
Students 14 years old or older with a demonstrated need for financial assistance who are genuinely interested experiencing sail training and education under sail. Preference will be given to those applications who are from the Pacific Northwest. 

How to apply: A student must complete an application (An incomplete application will not be considered for funding.) The applicant may contact the Tall Ships America office for guidance in completion and submission of the application. This is how you apply:

  • First, complete the application to A+ World Academy and advise the school that you are applying for a Tall Ships America financial assistance scholarship.
  • Download an application form for the Ernestine Bennett Memorial Scholarship from the Tall Ships America Web site and complete it in full.
  • Write a description of what you feel they you achieve by participating in the sail training experience. Guidelines for submitting this information are included in the application form.
  • Send a copy of your A+ Application, Ernestine Bennett Memorial Scholarship Application form and the description to Tall Ships America via first class mail and to A+ World Academy electronically via email.

Please note that applications should be typewritten or legibly printed.

When to apply: At least four (4) months prior to the start of your school year at A+ World Academy

Website: www.sailtraining.org/grants/EBscholarships.php

CSN: Centrala studiestödsnämnden

CSN is a scholarship for Swedish students who want to study high school outside of Sweden. The grants consist of studiebidrag and inackorderingstillägg.

For: Swedish students attending high school abroad

Amount: Approximately 30-40.000 SEK

How to apply:

  • Fill out the application form "Ansökan om studiehjälp för studier utanför Sverige" and send it to CSN. You should send it in by june 30th.
  • You can find the application form here: https://www.csn.se

Financial Aid

Financial aid for international students (non-Norwegian) is given on the basis of need and academic excellence, and will be awarded after a successful application. Financial aid is handed out as a reduction in fees carried out in the last payment. Financial aid will be described as a contract and set out conditions connected to meeting academic and personal standards. Financial aid will not exceed 14.000 Euro.

Students who wish to apply for financial aid must fill out this application form (pdf link) and write a personal essay in support of their application. The essay should describe a students long-term plans and should describe the value that this program might have for the student’s future plans. Please ask the admissions office for a financial aid application form if the link does not work..

Financial aid is announced within 14 days of acceptance.