Aspire program applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis.  Late applications are accepted if there is still space available.  There is a $180 late fee added to the program fee.  Aspire advises students to APPLY EARLY.  Aspire also urges all parents to read the following payment policies before students apply to an Aspire program. 


When Applying

A non-refundable $150 deposit must accompany an application.  The $150 application deposit is applied to the cost of the program and is not an additional fee.  The $150 deposit is refundable only if a student is not accepted into the Aspire program or the program is cancelled.


After Acceptance

Students and parents receive a letter of acceptance, and several forms, which must be completed and signed by both the parents and students and returned by the specified payment deadline for their program.  Students also need to send passport-sized photos by this deadline.


Within Ten Days after Acceptance Notification

A non-refundable $400 confirmation payment is due within ten business days after acceptance notification.  The $400 confirmation pament will be applied to the cost of the program and is not an additional fee.


By Payment Deadline

The balance of the program fee is due by the payment deadline.  A $250 security deposit is also due on the final payment deadline, which is separate from the total program fee and is partially refundable two months after the student returns home, less any damages or unpaid expenses.


Payment Methods

Checks, credit cards, bank draft/ACH, or money orders accepted.

To pay by check or money order: 

Make checks and mone orders payable to Aspire by API and send to our Austin address.  Checks or money orders for the $250 security deposit should be written separately.  Each check should include the student's full name and Aspire by API account number, if possible.  Money orders MUST include the student's full name.

To pay by credit card or bank drafts/ACH:

Complete the form found on page 2 of the billing statement or the Electronic Payment Form, which you can request from Aspire by API. Forms must be submitted via fax or email.  Payments are processed through a secure online account and bank information is destroyed after the payment has been entered. New payments will require that the form be re-submitted.  Aspire by API accepts Visa and Mastercard only.

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