Students who register online before May 1, 2019 will be automatically admitted upon receipt of a $400.00 non-refundable tuition deposit*. However, a wait list will be established upon reaching capacity. Wait lists typically begin in February. The tuition balance is due on May 1, 2019.  Failure to pay your balance by May 1, 2019 can lead to your spot being released to a student on the waiting list.

Students who register after May 1, 2019 will need to pay in full at the time of registration to secure a spot in the 2019 session*.

*Applicants may not be accepted due to space constraints or other considerations as deemed appropriate by the camp directors.  Any applicants who make a deposit but aren’t given a spot will be refunded their deposit.  

Financial Aid

Financial Assistance is need based and award amounts range from 20-75% of the tuition cost. Students who apply after March 15th, 2019 will be evaluated on an individual basis should expect award amounts in the maximum range of 30%. Payment plans are possible for all students who make prior arrangements. No refunds after May 1, 2019. All applications require a $400.00 non-refundable deposit to hold a spot at our camps.



Airport Shuttle Service-round trip shuttle service from airport/train/bus to dorm and back $60.00 One way shuttle service from airport/train/bus to dorm $40.00.


Base Residential Pricing includes: application and processing fees, tuition, 3 meals a day, housing in dorms, and printing/copying in the Summit Debate Institute Offices. 


Commuter Pricing includes: application and processing fees, tuition, and printing/copying in the Summit Debate Institute Offices. Meals are NOT included in the Boston Commuter Session. Meals (Lunch, Dinner) are included in the Des Moines Commuter Session. 


Students who are flying to institute as a designated unaccompanied minor must make all arrangements themselves. THIS IS NOT RECOMMENDED.  

$500.00 service fee to assign a staff member to meet an unaccompanied minor at Boston Logan International Airport or the Des Moines International Airport and to personally escort an unaccompanied minor the day of departure. Deadline to request this service will be June 17, 2019 and service fee must be paid in full by this time. Parents are highly encouraged to travel with minor campers (campers under the age of 14) to and from camp.  Parents also understand that airline company policies vary on unaccompanied minors traveling to and from Boston Logan International Airport and the Des Moines International Airport.  

Summit Debate will not be held responsible for unaccompanied minors who are not allowed to process through ticketing at the airport.