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Envision FAQs

Answers to all of your questions about Envision, our programs, tuition and financial assistance, safety, travel and accommodations, academic preparation, and more.

Enrollment FAQs

  • Is an Envision program for me?

    Envision programs are for you if you are an elementary, middle, or high school student interested in exploring future career possibilities, preparing for college, and honing your leadership skills. An Envision program can be your springboard to investigating career pathways and learning to be a leader at school and in your community.

    Many of our students are nominated by educators, leaders from youth organizations and participating institutions, but open enrollments are welcome from qualified students who want to make the most of this opportunity.

    Please see our Program Detail Pages for specifics about each Envision experience.

  • I'm enrolled to attend a program. What happens next?

    After you enroll, you will receive an enrollment confirmation email. A personalized “” page will be created for you where you can find important program updates, mandatory travel and information forms, a travel checklist, pre-conference assignments, and a press release you can use to notify local media about your participation in this prestigious program. You will receive notification in the mail and via email with details about how to access your page.

  • What happens if the program I want to attend is full? Is there a wait list?

    If the program you wish to enroll in is full, you will be placed on a wait list and your payment will not be processed. If space becomes available, we will contact you to confirm your interest to attend before proceeding with enrollment.

  • What is the enrollment deadline date?

    The deadline date is the date that enrollment closes. It is important to note, however, that you enroll on a first-come, first-served basis. Since program space is limited, it is wise to enroll early for this popular summer program.

  • How do I apply for an Envision Program?
    • Academic Achievement: 3.0 GPA or greater 
    • Leadership Potential: demonstrated by extracurricular activities 
    • Career Aspirations: indicated by 2 short essays about future interests

    Envision understands that diamonds in the rough are often overlooked by our nomination process but we LOVE self starters. GPA not at 3.0? We encourage all aspirational students with an interest in trying a career, building future skills and a creating a path to success to apply to Envision. Request your Application

Tuition and Financial Assistance

  • What is included in tuition?

    Your tuition includes all curriculum and instruction, program activities, site visits, and events, overnight housing, program materials, at least two meals a day, a Certificate of Completion, and local transportation during the program.

    Transportation to and from home and the program location is NOT included in tuition. While attending the program, you will need money for meals not provided, snacks, souvenirs, and other incidentals.

  • Is there a payment plan?

    Most Envision programs give you the option of paying your tuition in full or to take advantage of one of our payment plans. Please see your program’s detail page for payment specifics.

  • How do I apply for a scholarship or financial assistance?

    We are proud to offer a limited number of scholarships to eligible students, opening the door to young leaders from a variety of backgrounds. Many students also fundraise to pay for most or all of their tuition costs. See the Envision scholarships and fundraising pages for more information.

    If you intend to fundraise to raise program tuition, we encourage you to enroll using our convenient payment plan. That way you will make sure you have secured your space in the program. It is always a good idea to contact our Office of Admissions once you begin your fundraising campaign.

    If you have applied for a scholarship, you will be notified by email about two weeks after the scholarship deadline date, or by mail approximately three weeks after the deadline date has passed. The scholarship deadline date can be found on the scholarships page.

Travel and Accommodations

  • Where will I stay?

    Depending on your program, you and other students and staff will reside at safe and secure locations that include hotels, college campuses, and conference centers.

  • How many students share a room?

    Each room will house two to four students, depending on the housing location. You will have your own bed. Your room will include fresh linens and towels (but extra blankets and towels are recommended). The bathroom is shared.

  • Can I request a roommate?

    We do honor roommate requests. However, one of the important benefits of attending an Envision program is the opportunity to network with and get to know peers outside your current circle of friends.

  • Do I need to make my own arrangements to get to the program location?

    Yes. Your tuition does not include transportation between your home and the program location. We recommend that you make necessary flight or other travel arrangements only AFTER you receive confirmation that you are officially enrolled.

  • Who will meet me at the airport?

    Envision staff will be at the designated airports to assist you with your arrival and departure. We will also ensure that there is shuttle service to get you from designated airports to program sites on the first and last days of your program. The shuttle service fee is $35 each way or $70 round-trip. 

    More details about the designated airport, arrival windows and the airport shuttle service will be available on your personal page after you enroll in the program.

  • What is the Tuition and Travel Protection Plan?

    To protect and safeguard your investment in travel and tuition costs, we strongly recommend that you take advantage of our Tuition and Travel Protection Plan, offered through Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. You may purchase this cancellation insurance when you enroll or when you complete the Mandatory Travel Form on your personalized page after enrollment. If you would like more specifics about the Tuition and Travel Protection Plan, please call Nationwide at (866) 282-3987.

Program FAQs

  • How will I be supervised?

    Your safety and well-being during the program is our highest priority. The program is structured so that you will reside in a safe, controlled environment. You will be closely supervised by professionally trained staff, including advisors who serve as educational facilitators and chaperones, security personnel, operations personnel and a program lead.

    For nearly 30 years, Envision has achieved a stellar record of safely and successfully enriching the lives of students, providing them with superb educational experiences and professional supervision. Other Envision safety measures include:

    • Greeting students at the designated airport upon their arrival and providing shuttle service directly to the program site, as well as providing shuttle service back to the airport on departure day*

    • Maintaining an overall student-to-staff ratio of 17-to-1
    • Attendance is taken throughout the program, and students are required to attend all program activities
    • Checking rooms nightly and working with hotel security for any after-hours concerns
    • Staff member rooms are interspersed among student rooms on each hallway in residential housing
    • Equipping all staff members with two-way communication devices

    * There is a $70 nonrefundable roundtrip fee for shuttle service or a $35 fee for one-way shuttle service.

  • Can my parents attend the program?

    Gaining independence, including experiencing new things on your own, is an essential part of your growth during the program, so your parents or guardians are not allowed to accompany you. However, it is perfectly fine for your family to travel with you to the program location and stay in the area while you are attending the program.

  • How can my parents contact me while I am attending the program?

    You are permitted to bring a mobile phone to keep in touch with parents, but it must be turned off during program activities. You may call home before activities begin in the morning and after they have ended in the evening.

    Your parents or guardians will have the telephone number to the program’s site office, where they can leave you messages. Additionally, parents and guardians may email the office should they need to relay information to you.

  • Can I attend if I am a student with special needs?

    Yes. If you are a student with special needs or with disabilities, we encourage you to enroll. We may be able to provide you with auxiliary aids and services to assist you. Please call our Office of Admissions for more information or to discuss your particular needs prior to enrolling in the program.

  • Can special dietary needs be met?

    We make every effort to meet the dietary needs of all our students, provided the request is submitted prior to the start of the conference. When you complete the Student Information Form, you will have the opportunity to make special dietary requests.

  • Is there a dress code for Envision programs?

    Different programs have their own dress codes, but in general, students are expected to be professional and presentable during program activities and course time. Comfortable shoes should be worn, as students will be walking a great deal during most programs. Please see your program’s page for dress code specifics. This information will also be included in your acceptance materials.

  • What is the code of conduct for Envision programs?

    Attending an Envision program is fun, but it is also an honor. Like all meaningful experiences, you only get out of it what you put in to your time spent at this exciting forum. You are expected to conduct yourself as a mature and responsible leader as you represent your school and community. You must abide by the Student Code of Conduct. You must also abide by and uphold all conference rules. Failure to do this may result in dismissal from the program and forfeiture of tuition.

  • What is the pre-program assignment, FUEL?

    The first step of your leadership journey includes assessing your strengths and opportunities for growth. To aid in this assessment, you must complete a brief pre-program assignment entitled Feedback for Understanding Emerging Leaders (FUEL). The FUEL assignment will be available on your personal web page after you enroll. It simply requires that you choose five mentors—teachers, coaches, youth group leaders or other trusted adults—to complete a short survey about your leadership strengths. You also will complete a short self-assessment as part of the FUEL assignment.

Envision FAQs

  • Who is Envision?

    Envision is a leading experiential education organization dedicated to enabling students of all ages to explore their interests and gain critical learning experiences beyond the classroom. Envision offers programs to help students develop the leadership, scholarship, and career skills needed to succeed in the competitive 21st century. See Our Story for more detailed information about our history of successful educational programs, our leadership, and our partners.

    All Envision programs are designed to align with Common Core State Standards and other national standards for education.

  • How is Envision funded?

    Envision is a tuition-based, self-supporting organization, with many students securing financial support from local business, civic, community and leadership organizations. Scholarship funds are also available for qualified nominees.

  • Is Envision affiliated with a political party or the U.S. government?

    No. Envision is a nonpartisan educational organization.