Financial Aid Information

The Sorensen Institute does offer limited financial aid for 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.

The evaluation process for reviewing applications for acceptance to a Sorensen Institute program is need-blind. That is, the people who evaluate applications to participate in the program differ from those who review financial aid applications.

The overall amount of financial aid available is dependent on the overall success of attracting financial support for the Sorensen Institute. We are rarely able to cover the entire cost of the program fees but do try to make it easier for successful applicants with financial needs to participate in the program to which they have been accepted.

In any event, the financial aid generally applies only to program fees and does not cover the deposit required to accept a spot in a program. Also, 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 is much more limited with regard to the Candidate Training Program, given that fundraising is an essential part of running a successful campaign.

Financial Aid Process

Financial aid applications are reviewed by representatives of our parent organization, the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. Applicants will receive notice of how much financial aid they have been awarded soon after they are notified of their acceptance to the program. Program deposits are not eligible to be included in financial aid requests. Once financial aid requests are awarded, they will be applied to program fees due after the deposit has been paid.

Fundraising

In many instances, participants may find it necessary to fundraise to pay the program deposit and/or supplement their financial aid awards. We are happy to provide guidance and advice based on successful efforts by previous program participants in locating financial support outside of Sorensen’s financial aid, but the responsibility of any necessary fundraising lies solely on the participant.