Applying, Tuition, and Financial Aid

Tivnu is committed to making its Gap Year accessible to young adults of all economic backgrounds. Over 60% of past participants have received some financial assistance. Please see information about financial aid below. Priority consideration for tuition assistance and for internship placement will be given to early applicants. Late applications will be accepted as space permits.

$29,180 for early bird applications received by January 1, 2021
$31,180 for application received by March 1, 2021
$33,180 for applications received by May 1, 2021

An additional $175 tool fee is applied for participants who engage in construction as part of their internship schedule.

Tuition covers:

  • Housing and utilities
  • Food
  • Supplies for internships
  • Educational sessions, field learning, activities, excursions and trips
  • Transportation to and from the worksite and all Tivnu programs
  • Staffing includes consistent one-on-one coaching and mentoring

Tuition does not cover transportation to and from Portland for the Gap Year program itself or incidental living expenses such as entertainment, personal items, personal travel, etc. The tuition represents a large percentage of the total cost of supporting each participant; the remainder is offset by the generous support of donors.

Financial Aid: Tivnu is committed to making its Gap Year accessible to young adults of all economic backgrounds. Please contact Steve Eisenbach-Budner at or 503-232-1864 with any questions about the affordability of the program for your family. Need-based financial aid is available. Please note that financial aid applications are due at the same time as program applications and priority consideration for tuition assistance will be given to early applicants. The financial aid application is located at; please use the school code 201518. For assistance with the financial aid application steps, call 1-800-344-8328.

We are deeply appreciative of the Zidell Family Foundation, which sponsors two $10,000 scholarships. Two applicants who have completed our tuition assistance application will be chosen by Tivnu; no extra application is necessary. If needed, additional assistance may be granted as well.

Refer a friend discount. If you tell a friend about Tivnu and both of you are accepted and enrolled in the program, each of you will get a $500 discount off the program price.

Application and Enrollment Timeline for 2021-22


Application Period Priority Application Standard Application Final Application
Tuition* $29,180 $31,180 $33,180
Application Deadline
($72 non-refundable application fee)
Jan 1 Mar 1 May 1 (Space Permitting)
Acceptance Notification Mar 1 Apr 15 Rolling
Commitment Deadline
($1,500 non-refundable deposit)
April 1 May 1 2 Weeks After Acceptance
Half Tuition Due May 15 May 15 Upon Commitment
Balance Due Jul 1 Jul 1 Aug 1
Program Begins TBD TBD TBD

*An additional $175 tool fee is applied for participants who engage in construction as part of their internship schedule.

Payment Details

Full payment for the program must be made by personal check or wire transfer.

Enrollment Withdrawal: Should an enrolled participant withdraw from the program after enrolling prior to two months before the program start date, Tivnu will retain 33% of program tuition. Should a participant withdraw from the program within two months of the program start date or after the program begins, Tivnu will retain 100% of program tuition and unpaid tuition will be due to Tivnu as well.

COVID Refund Policy: If Tivnu cancels the gap year program, a full refund including all deposits will be provided. If Tivnu proceeds with the program but a family decides that they are not comfortable with the arrangements we have in place for COVID, Tivnu will provide a full refund up until August 1, minus the $1500 deposit. If Tivnu has to shorten the Tivnu gap year program at any point in the year due to COVID, Tivnu will offer a prorated refund.

2020-2021 Important Dates:

Arrive in Portland: Sep 1, 2020
Winter Break: Dec 13, 2020 – Jan 12, 2021
Passover Break: Mar 25 – Apr 5, 2021
Depart for Home: May 20, 2021

2021-2022 Important Dates:

Arrive in Portland: Aug 31, 2021
Winter Break: Dec 14, 2021 – Jan 11, 2022
Passover Break: Apr 14 – Apr 24, 2022
Depart for Home: May 19, 2022

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