Tuition & Financial Aid

leapyearLEAPYEAR Tuition

LEAPYEAR is a fully-integrated year of college at Naropa University, so unlike other gap year programs LEAPYEAR students receive a full year of college credit while they travel.  As a result of this integration, LEAPYEAR students have access to Federal Financial Aid as well as the supplemental LEAPNOW scholarship.

The equivalent academic credit from another mid-range private liberal arts college would cost $28,000 for the academic credits alone.  

Doing LEAPYEAR, you receive this credit while learning abroad for 22 weeks of each year and for 8 weeks of intensive US-based residential seminars.

LEAPYEAR tuition and fees is $36,900 and includes:

  • all scheduled program activities,
  • food and accommodation during the program,
  • one full year of college credit,
  • a full year of additional internship placements after LEAPYEAR, and
  • annual reunions for as long as you care to attend them.

Not included is the cost of round-trip transportation to Colorado during the program, international airfare, personal medical insurance (usually covered under parents' policy), and personal spending money. The average cost of airfare for group travel is ~ $1,500. Individual internship flight costs vary widely.

How to Fund the Most Extraordinary Year of College

At LEAPNOW, we strive to give all students the opportunity to participate in our incredible LEAPYEAR program.  We believe financial support is essential for making the program available to as many inspired young adults as possible.  Our team works diligently to help students get the support they need.

Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA)

Who is Eligible

All LEAPYEAR students are enrolled as full-time college students at Naropa University, and are thus eligible for Federal Financial Aid.  Every American citizen is entitled to low-interest student loans.  Federal financial aid is easily accessed through the FAFSA process (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at

How to Apply for Federal Financial Aid

Step 1: Complete the FAFSA form. You can complete the FAFSA form online at the FAFSA website (   Below are a few things to note while completing this step:

  • FAFSA has a forecaster that can help you predict your financial aid package.  The link is available on their home page. 
  • LEAPYEAR is accredited through Naropa University.  Naropa's FAFSA code is 014652. 

Step 2: Wait to receive your Award Letter.  After you complete the FAFSA, a Student Aid Report (SAR) is generated.  A copy of your SAR is automatically sent to the financial aid offices at the schools that you highlighted on the FAFSA as prospects.  The SAR shows your family's Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which assists Financial Aid Offices in determining your financial aid award.  The Financial Aid office will send you an Award Letter listing the amounts of financial aid for which you are eligible.  This may include grants and scholarships (which don't have to be repaid), low-cost Federal Loans including Federal Stafford Loans, and PLUS Loans.

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