Find the answers to our most commonly asked questions below. What is the impact of COVID-19 on your summer programs?The NSLC knows that students and parents are concerned about COVID-19 and its impact on summer programs. Everyone at the NSLC was disappointed that we were unable to work with students during the summer of 2020, but the health and safety of our students was of paramount importance. We are in constant communication with our University partners and they are all planning for a return to summer operations in 2021. This includes universities which have suspended in-person classes and other on-campus activities this fall. Throughout the year, we will evaluate protocols and best practices to ensure our health and safety standards provide a safe learning environment for all students. While we continue to anticipate and prepare for our 2021 summer programs, if at any time it becomes necessary to close a campus, as we did for the summer of 2020, students may elect to receive a full refund of their paid tuition and fees or credit their payments toward the following summer. We are now accepting enrollments for summer 2021! Click here to start your application. What is the NSLC’s cancellation and refund policy?We are mindful of the challenges caused by the uncertainty of COVID-19. For that reason, we have pushed back our cancellation deadlines for 2021. If you choose to cancel your enrollment, you have the following options: Option 1: Cancellation If Student Cancels… Cancellation Fee By May 1 No cancellation fee, full refund. May 2 to 30-days before program start date $350 cancellation fee (6-10 day programs) $500 cancellation fee (18 day programs) Within 30 days of program start date 100% of tuition paid. All tuition paid is non-refundable No refunds will be given within 30-days of the session start date. All cancellations must be submitted in writing (email is acceptable). If a session is running, the Student Protection Plan fees for accepted students are non-refundable. Option 2: Pre-Registration for 2022 Apply these funds toward Pre-Registration for 2022. We will honor our 2021 tuition rate for a comparable program/location in 2022. You will be given early access and choice of our 2022 dates and locations. NSLC will refund all tuition paid during the current academic year minus the cancellation fee listed above. No refunds will be given within 30 days of the start date of the program. You may apply your nonrefundable cancellation fee toward a program next year. Any refundable payments made during the 2020/2021 academic year will remain refundable until February 1, 2022. Note: Cancellation fees will remain non-refundable. If the NSLC cancels your program, you will have the following options: Option 1: Transfer to a different 2021 session Option 2: Receive a full refund of all tuition and fees paid during the 2020/2021 academic year Option 3: Apply these funds toward Pre-Registration for 2022: We will honor our 2021 tuition rate for a comparable program/location in 2022. You will be given early access and choice of our 2022 dates and locations. Your payments made during the 2020/2021 academic year will remain refundable until February 1, 2022. What is the NSLC and how long has it offered programs?Since 1989, The National Student Leadership Conference has been the premier provider of career-focused leadership conferences. Tens of thousands of high school students from across the globe have come to the NSLC for an unparalleled opportunity to meet with and learn from world leaders, academic experts and their peers. Each summer program helps students develop their own leadership potential while exploring some of today’s most exciting professions. How does the selection process work?There are several ways in which students are selected to participate in the NSLC. Teachers, counselors, and NSLC alumni nominate outstanding high school students from across the United States and around the world. Candidates may also be selected from one of several national talent identification surveys, including the College Board Student Search Service and the ACT EOS. Interested students who possess a strong academic record and have demonstrated leadership potential may also apply for admission to the NSLC on a merit basis. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. As programs fill quickly each year, students are encouraged to apply for admission at online here to speed the application process and help ensure first choice of session. Who is eligible to attend the NSLC?We encourage students who demonstrate academic excellence and leadership ability to apply to our academic summer leadership programs. Students must currently be enrolled in 6th-12th grade. Students may attend the NSLC through the summer following their high school graduation. A completed Grade Verification Form is required for students who did not receive an invitation. How will I benefit from attending the NSLC?NSLC is a truly unique experience. No matter which program you attend, you will gain essential leadership skills while learning about group dynamics, team building, goal setting, communication and conflict resolution. Additionally, you will gain a true insider’s perspective into a future career. You will also enjoy exclusive field trips, engaging academic activities and discussions with national and world leaders. College admission officers find participation in the NSLC and earning college credit while in high school of interest when evaluating applications. The NSLC experience is one that our students say they will “remember forever.” When is your Enrollment Deadline?While your invitation included a recommended application deadline, the NSLC operates on rolling admissions. We continue to evaluate applications as long as space is available. Because many of our sessions fill by late March, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible to ensure your first choice of program and session. What is a typical day at the NSLC?At the NSLC each day is different and varies by specific conference, but each conference does include several components each day. For example: Classes/Topic lectures Off campus briefings and tours Guest speakers Simulations Relaxation/social event Leadership exercises/workshops Please take a look at the sample schedules for each program to see more specific examples of daily activities. How are students supervised?The safety of our participants is our first concern. Our Directors have decades of experience administering programs for students. The student to staff ratio is approximately 9 to 1. Our administrative staff, faculty and Team Advisors stay on campus with the students. Male and female students are housed in separate housing facilities and/or floors. During the day, students are with their groups and supervised by our trained Team Advisors; in the evenings they have mandatory floor checks by their assigned Resident Advisor who sleeps on the same floor. What is the program tuition?Program tuition includes housing, all on-campus meals, course materials, academic expenses, and activities. Tuition also includes chartered, air-conditioned motor coaches for off-campus briefings and tours. Note: Students are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the program as well as individual spending money for souvenirs, laundry, and a few off-campus meals during fields trips and tours. High School Tuition Program Length Tuition Acting Intensive 18 Days $5,795 Aerospace 9 Days $3,295 Architecture 9 Days $3,295 Biotechnology 9 Days $3,395 Business & Emerging Technologies 9 Days $3,295 Business & Entrepreneurship 9 Days $3,295 Business & Entrepreneurship (New York) 9 Days $2,995 Business Intensive 18 Days $5,495 Cybersecurity 9 Days $3,295 Data Science 9 Days $3,295 Engineering 9 Days $3,295 Engineering (Houston) 9 Days $2,995 Engineering Intensive 18 Days $5,495 Entertainment Management 9 Days $3,295 Environmental Science & Sustainability 9 Days $3,295 Film Intensive 18 Days $5,495 Film, Journalism & Media Arts 9 Days $3,395 Forensic Science 9 Days $3,395 Game Design 9 Days $3,295 Intelligence & National Security 6 Days $2,595 International Business (Montreal) 9 Days $3,395 International Business (Signapore) 9 Days $3,595 International Diplomacy 9 Days $3,295* Law & Advocacy 9 Days $3,395 Law Intensive 18 Days $5,495 Marine Biology (Hawaiʻi) 9 Days $3,395 Marine Biology (Miami) 9 Days $3,295 Mastering Leadership 6 Days $2,595 Medicine & Health Care 9 Days $3,295 Medicine & Health Care (Houston) 9 Days $2,995 Medicine & Health Care (Chicago, Los Angeles, Montreal, and San Francisco) 9 Days $3,395 Medicine & Health Care (Singapore) 9 Days $3,595 Medicine & Health Care (Boston) 9 Days $3,695 Nursing 9 Days $3,395 Political Action & Public Policy 9 Days $3,395 Psychology & Neuroscience 9 Days $3,395 Psychology & Neuroscience (Boston) 9 Days $3,695 Social Impact & Innovation 9 Days $3,295 Sports Management 9 Days $2,995 Theater 9 Days $2,995 Veterinary Medicine 9 Days $3,395 *Group Transportation will be provided between D.C. and NYC Middle School Tuition Residential Tuition Commuter Tuition* $2,395 $1,995 *Commuter students are provided three meals a day. Housing is not included. Commuters check-in each morning between 7:00-7:30 AM and are picked-up each night between 8:00-8:30 PM. What does the program tuition include?Program tuition includes housing, all on-campus meals, course materials, academic expenses, and activities. Tuition also includes chartered, air-conditioned motor coaches for off-campus briefings and tours. Note: Students are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the program as well as individual spending money for souvenirs, laundry, and a few off-campus meals during fields trips and tours. How do I arrange transportation to/from the conference?Students are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the conference. NSLC offers private shuttle service between a designated airport near each program and campus on the start and end dates of the program for a fee of $40-80 each way. Upon acceptance, you will receive instructions on how to sign up for the airport shuttle. You will need to complete the Airport Transportation Request Form in time for us to arrange transportation. NSLC staff members will meet the students at baggage claim and then escort students directly to registration at the University or Conference Center via a private shuttle service. Please note: Because of conference scheduling, students requesting transportation to/from the airport must arrive and depart within specific times. Please do not make travel arrangements before receiving your acceptance email. The session I want to attend says "waitlisted." How does the Waitlist work?In order to provide the best experience for each student, it is necessary to limit the number of participants in any given session. Once enrollment in a session reaches its capacity, students will be offered the opportunity to enroll on a waitlist. Each year, a small number of students will cancel prior to the start of a session. Once a cancellation is received, the NSLC will offer the space to a waitlisted student. Once offered a space, students will have 24 hours to confirm their enrollment before the space is offered to the next student on the waitlist. While the NSLC anticipates a few students will be offered spaces off the waitlist each year, there is no guarantee a space will become available. It is not necessary to contact the NSLC Enrollment Office regarding your status on the Waitlist. If a space becomes available, the NSLC will contact you immediately. The NSLC highly recommends that students able to attend another session date that is open enroll in the open session to ensure their participation in the program. If I enroll in a Waitlist, do I have to submit a deposit? What happens if I don’t get into the program?In order to hold a space on the Waitlist, students must submit a deposit with their application. If a student is not eventually offered a space in the session, or is unable to attend the program when a space becomes available, the student’s deposit will be refunded in full.