Funding and costs
The Explore program provides $2,800 (taxable income) that covers the major expenses for participating in the program. The funding covers tuition fees for the programs, instructional materials, meals and accommodations, workshops, and other mandatory activities. The funding is transferred directly to the host institution, and the participant will receive a tax receipt for it.
Participants will still need to cover some of their costs. Aside from personal spending money (for snacks or souvenirs, etc.) there are two major costs that the participant has to cover: registration fees and travel expenses.
Each participant will have to pay the institution that is offering them the funding a non-refundable registration fee. This is a confirmation fee, which must be paid to the school in order to reserve a place in the program. You will pay your registration fees only when you confirm your participation in the program.
The host institution may also charge other program-related fees as necessary, such as asking for a refundable deposit if you are staying in residence. In addition, there will be optional activities at most locations that will involve a participation fee; however, all institutions offer free activities too.