Cost + Scholarships

Students attending TFAS orientation activites.
TFAS grants more than $1 million in scholarships each year.

The costs associated with our program cover tuition at George Mason University and furnished housing at George Washington University (summer) or in the Capitol Hill neighborhood (semester).

The additional benefits of our comprehensive program, including an internship placement, guest lectures, networking events, professional seminars and site briefings add value beyond just the classes and housing. The experience, knowledge and contacts you will gain by participating in a TFAS program will be valuable assets and can increase your earning potential in the job market.

As an educational nonprofit organization we strive to provide as much scholarship funding to as many qualified and deserving students as possible. 85% of students attending TFAS programs are on full or partial awards based on merit and/or need. You’ll see the full costs listed below, but keep in mind that the majority of students receive scholarship funding to help cover a portion of the costs.

“Before coming to Washington, D.C, I was struggling to choose whether to accept this opportunity due to financial reasons. Thanks to my scholarship, I have gained an unforgettable experience, and I have TFAS to thank for helping me take full advantage of this opportunity!”

Anthony Bonini, University of Redlands
Intern, Aspira Association Inc.
Program Costs

Fall and Spring semester students take a full course-load of 12 credits. Housing is provided in furnished apartments in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC.

12-Credits: Includes tuition and housing for 15 weeks – $13,950

A nonrefundable deposit of $750 is due at the time of enrollment (generally within 3 weeks of acceptance). The remainder of the tuition balance is due 45 days before the start of the program.

Estimate of living costs for the semester (actual costs will vary and are not included in the program costs):

  • Books and supplies: $200
  • Food: $1,500 (depending on personal preferences)
  • Personal Expenses: $750 (entertainment, travel to/from internship, etc.)
  • Transportation to Washington: Based on distance to Washington and type of travel

Students are required to take the 3-credit core class associated with their program track, and may choose to enroll in an additional 1 or 2 elective classes for up to 9 credits in total. There are two housing options offered, including a premium option for an additional cost.

3-Credit Option: $7,950

  • $7,450 – Tuition + Housing for 8 weeks in the District House Affinity Units
  • $500 – Program Fee

6-credit Option: $9,150

  • $8,650 – Tuition + Housing for 8 weeks in the District House Affinity Units
  • $500 – Program Fee

9-Credit Option: $10,350

  • $9,850 – Tuition + Housing for 8 weeks in the District House Affinity Units
  • $500 – Program Fee

Optional Premium housing in District House Studio Double – additional $440

A nonrefundable deposit of $750 (deducted from tuition balance) is due at the time of enrollment (generally within 3 weeks of acceptance). The remainder of the tuition balance is due April 1.

Estimate of living costs for the summer (actual costs will vary and are not included in the program costs):

  • Books and supplies: $200
  • Food: $1,000 (depending on personal preferences)
  • Transportation around Washington: $350 (Metro train and bus fare)
  • Personal expenses: $250 (Entertainment, etc.)
  • Transportation to Washington: Based on distance from Washington and type of travel
Scholarships

The Fund for American Studies strives to make its programs accessible and affordable to the best and brightest students regardless of financial status. More than 85% of students receive scholarship funding to participate in our summer or semester programs.

Students meet with TFAS alumna at the Washington Post
Students meet with TFAS alumna at the Washington Post.

Scholarships from our general fund are awarded based on a combination for factors including:

  • Financial need
  • Academic excellence
  • Extracurricular achievement
  • Leadership activities

Awards for the summer tend to range from $1,000 -$5,000 and $2,000 –$7,000 in the semester, with the highest awards going to students with the highest degree of need and merit. Please see the Admissions page for details on how to apply for a scholarship with your application.

In addition to the partial scholarships available through our general scholarship fund, we have a number of special full scholarship opportunities open to students meeting certain criteria or focuses of study.

“Cost was a big factor in deciding whether to pursue this program. Which is why I am very grateful for the scholarship I received. It has allowed me the opportunity of being involved in this great program without burdening my family financially.”

Kevin Coleman, Dordt University
Intern, 60 Plus Association

Through the Leadership Scholars Program, TFAS is pleased to provide at least 25 full tuition and housing scholarships to aid students in participating in the summer programs focusing on the following subject areas:

The scholarship will cover full the 6-credit tuition and housing costs for the summer. Scholarship awardees will pay to pay the $500 program fee in addition to travel to and from Washington, DC, and food/personal expenses while in the program.

The goal of this scholarship program is to ensure that all selected participants have a comprehensive experience in Washington, D.C. To achieve this mission, in addition to normal program activities, this group of students will be required to complete the components outlined here:

  • Successful completion of 6 academic credits, including 1 economics course and 1 elective.
  • Live in program housing during the summer. The scholarship will cover housing in the Affinity Units within the District House dormitory on the campus of George Washington University.
  • Attend assigned leadership luncheons, lectures or cultural activities planned exclusively for Leadership Scholars.
  • Participate in the ‘Service Saturday’ community service project.
  • Attend at least one of the professional development seminars planned throughout the summer.

Additionally, the scholarship recipients will be invited to participate in a year-long continuing education program that will run from fall 2020 – summer 2021. Events will likely include in-person retreats in Atlanta, GA and Washington, DC, as well as several online webinars. Travel, hotels and meals for the in-person retreats are included as part of the scholarship.

Scholarship Criteria

Applicants must have:

  • Completed at least one year of collegiate level education in the U.S. before the start of the program.
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher with preference given to those with a 3.3 or higher.
  • Active involvement on their campus and/or community.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and civic engagement.
  • Interest in further exploring the study of economics, free enterprise and public policy.

A segment of these scholarships are designated specially for students attending institutions of higher education in the state of Georgia or who claim Georgia as their state of permanent residency.

Application Deadline + Process

These scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis beginning at the Early Deadline of December 10, so applicants are encouraged to apply early. In addition to the normal application requirements, there are several additional short-answer questions required. Within the online application, please review the application tab “Full Scholarships” to indicate your intent to apply for this scholarship.

Those not selected for one of the full tuition and housing scholarships will automatically be considered for one of the partial awards available through our general scholarship fund.

This scholarship is open to students applying for the summer International Affairs program track. Provided through the generosity of the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation, 7-8 full tuition and housing scholarships will be awarded to students with a specific interest in the armed forces, the intelligence community, diplomacy and foreign affairs.

These scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis beginning at the Early Deadline of December 10, so interested students are encouraged to apply early.

Students will be required to take 6 credits as part of this scholarship award. Scholarship awardees will pay the $500 program fee in addition to travel to and from Washington, DC, and food/personal expenses while in the program.

This scholarship is open to applicants of the following summer program tracks:

Provided through the generosity of the Louis DeJoy and Aldon Wos Family Foundation, 7-8 full tuition and housing scholarships and several partial awards will be provided to students attending institutions of higher education in the state of North Carolina or those who claim North Carolina as their permanent state of residence.

These scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis beginning at the Early Deadline of December 10, so interested students are encouraged to apply early.

Students will be required to take 6 credits as part of this scholarship award. Scholarship awardees will pay the $500 program fee in addition to travel to and from Washington, DC, and food/personal expenses while in the program.

This fellowship is open to applicants of the Business + Government Relations program track and provides 4 students with a full scholarship that covers 6-credits, housing and program fees, along with a $1,000 stipend. In addition to the regular application process, applicants will be asked to submit several additional short essay prompts.

The fellowship is open to students with experience or interest in information technology, computer science and public policy. Fellows will be interning in the government affairs offices of one of the following technology organizations:

  • HP Enterprise
  • Technology CEO Council
  • Computing Research Association
  • Dell Inc.

Intern supervisors provide mentoring, hands-on experience and valuable high-tech public policy training. Fellows have an opportunity to observe the development and advocacy of significant policy issues in Congress, the Administration and industry associations. They also have the opportunity to participate in projects of their own, focusing on current critical issues facing the tech sector.

One of the fellowships is named to honor the memory of Thurmond Woodard, Dell’s former vice president of global diversity and the chief ethics, privacy and compliance officer. Applicants interested in this fellowship will submit an additional essay prompt on diversity and ethics. The selected fellow will intern at Dell for the summer.

This full scholarship is available to several students from Hungary in both the summer and fall semester. Applicants in the summer may apply to the following summer program tracks:

The fall focuses on the theme of Leadership and the American Presidency.

Through the generosity of the Hungary Initiatives Foundation, full tuition and housing scholarships along with a generous living expense stipend are provided. Interested applicants should visit HIF’s website for more information about the fellowship and apply on TFAS’ website by the noted deadlines.

Through this scholarship fund, TFAS is able to provide a full scholarship plus a generous travel and living expense stipend to a student from Poland to attend one of the following summer program tracks:

Interested applicants should complete the application by the international student deadline.

Through the generosity of the Netherland-America Foundation, 4-5 full scholarships will be provided to students from the Netherlands to attend of the following summer program tracks:

Interested applicants should complete the application by the international student deadline. The scholarship will cover 6 credits and housing.

Through this scholarship named in honor of George Viksnins, a long-time and beloved TFAS economics professor, a full scholarship is offered to 1 Latvian student to attend of the following summer programs tracks:

Interested applicants should complete the application by the international student deadline. The scholarship will cover 6 credits and housing.

Other Sources of Funding

While 85% of students receive scholarship support from TFAS, including some full awards, most students will have a remaining balance due. It is important to think about how you will fund your Washington experience early in the application process. 

We encourage you to take the following steps:

  • Talk with your parents, guardians and other family members about their ability to contribute to your participation in the program.
  • Research scholarship opportunities on your campus and in your community, including the honors college, academic departments or other offices that offer scholarships for enrichment programs. Community organizations such as the Rotary Club and churches often assist students in financing their DC experience.
  • Meet with the financial aid office at your home university to discuss the possibility of transferring any federal aid to a summer or semester of study. Aid may be transferred through a consortium agreement. A consortium agreement is a form which allows one academic institution to verify the credit hours and costs of another academic program before a transfer of funds can occur.

Your TFAS admissions counselor will also serve as your tuition payment counselor as you research additional funding opportunities. Questions regarding consortium agreements, transferring aid and applying for educational loans may be directed to these staff members and admissions@tfas.org.