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Financial Aid through Sorensen 

The Sorensen Institute has a limited amount of financial aid to offer applicants accepted to participate in its programs who might require some financial assistance in order to attend. If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please review this page carefully.

  • Requests for financial aid or scholarships should be submitted with the application to the program by the deadline for supplementary materials.
  • While program fees cover required lodging and those meals provided by Sorensen during programs, the program participants are responsible for their own travel and all other expenses including meals not provided by Sorensen. Financial aid applies only to program fees.
  • The overall amount of financial aid available is dependent on the overall success of attracting financial support for the Sorensen Institute. We generally can cover only a portion of the program fee for an individual but do try to make it easier for successful applicants with financial needs to participate in the program to which they have been accepted.
  • The financial aid process usually consists of filling out a short application describing a participant's financial needs and planned contribution toward their program fees.
ELP

If you need additional information about the financial aid process, please contact JaVori Warren: jw3uj@virginia.edu 

ELP financial aid application will become available when the application window opens.

HSLP

If you need additional information about the financial aid process, please contact Sarah Campbell: sc9ef@virginia.edu 

Click here to access the HSLP financial aid application.

PLP

If you need additional information about the financial aid process, please contact JaVori Warren: jw3uj@virginia.edu 

PLP financial aid application will become available when the application window opens.

Payment Plan Option

The program fee payment for the programs is due before the program begins. As a form of financial assistance, accepted participants may opt into a payment plan when they complete the program acceptance packet after admittance. The payment plan will include an additional convenience and processing fee.

The payment plan for the 2024 Political Leaders Program is four payments with the amount and dates to be determined. Participants who receive financial aid will have any payment plan payments adjusted for any financial aid awarded.

Employer or Outside Support

Participants may find it desirable to request that their employers pay the program fee or seek funding from outside sources to cover part or all of the program fee. In either event, please coordinate with Sorensen staff so the funds can be properly allocated to the participant's account. However, the ultimate responsibility for payment of the program fee lies solely on the participant.