Timeline and Tuition

Since its founding, Tivnu has succeeded in making its gap year program accessible to young adults of all economic backgrounds. Over 50% of past participants have received some financial assistance. Please do not let the cost of the program keep you from applying - see information about financial aid below.



$33,180 for early bird applications received by January 1, 2024
$35,180 for applications received by March 1, 2024
$37,180 for applications after by May 1, 2024

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 support and one-on-one mentoring

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

Financial Aid

Tivnu continues its commitment to making its gap year accessible to young adults of all economic backgrounds. Please contact Steve Eisenbach-Budner at Steve@Tivnu.org or 503-673-3644 with any questions about the affordability of the program for your family. Financial aid applications are due at the same time as program applications and priority consideration for tuition assistance will be given to earlier applicants. The financial aid application is located at sssandtadsfa.force.com; please use the school code 201518. For assistance with the financial aid application steps, please call the National Association of Independent Schools at 1-800-344-8328; their customer support is outstanding.

We are deeply appreciative of the Zidell Family Foundation, which generously supports our scholarship program.

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.

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Application and Enrollment Timeline for 2024-25

Application Deadline
($72 non-refundable application fee)
Jan 1Mar 1May 1 (or afterwards, space permitting)
Acceptance NotificationMar 18Apr 15Rolling
Commitment Deadline
($1,500 non-refundable deposit)
2 weeks after acceptance2 weeks after acceptanceUpon Commitment
Half Tuition DueMay 15May 15Upon Commitment
Balance DueJul 1Jul 1Aug 1
Program BeginsSeptember 2, 2024September 2, 2024September 2, 2024
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Covid Refund Policy

Covid Refund Policy: If Tivnu cancels the gap year program before the program commences, a full refund including all deposits will be provided. If Tivnu proceeds with the program but a family decides, before August 1, that they are not comfortable with the arrangements we have in place for Covid, Tivnu will provide a full refund, 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.

Important Dates


2023-2024 Important Dates:

  • Arrive in Portland: Sept 5, 2023
  • Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 19 - Nov. 26, 2023
  • Winter Break: Dec 14, 2023 – Jan 9, 2024
  • Passover Break: Apr 21 – May 1, 2024
  • Depart for Home: May 23, 2024


  • Arrive in Portland: Sept 2, 2024
  • Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 25 - Dec. 1, 2024
  • Winter Break: Dec 19, 2024 – Jan 15, 2025
  • Passover Break: Apr 10 – April 21, 2025
  • Depart for Home: May 21, 2025