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Costs and Financial Aid

Au Sable offers generous scholarships, fellowships, and grants to assist students in meeting the cost of tuition. We encourage you to read carefully about the scholarships, fellowships, and grants below. Please contact the admissions office, if you have any questions.

Paying for Au Sable

Tuition at Au Sable is US $2640 per 4 credit course. Students who attend one of our sustaining partner schools are eligible for a US $500 tuition reduction (US $600 for Canadian Sustaining Partner schools). In addition to tuition, there are the following fees:

  • Application Fee: US $25 (non-refundable, not applied to tuition)
  • Tuition Deposit: US $400 (per academic session, applied to tuition)
  • Site Fees:
  • May Session - Great Lakes: US $205 per week
  • May Session - Costa Rica: US $490 per week
  • May Session - India: US $230 per week
  • Summer Session I - Great Lakes: US $325 per week
  • Summer Session II - Great Lakes: US $325 per week
  • Summer Session II - Pacific Rim: US $485 per week

 

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students are eligible to apply for financial aid from Au Sable after they have completed the registration process and have completed enrollment in their Au Sable courses, including payment of the tuition deposit. Au Sable provides generous financial aid options to students taking our courses because we want to assist in making an Au Sable education possible for every interested student. In 2016, every student who applied for financial aid received one of our grants, fellowships, or scholarships. Our fellowships, grants, and scholarships include:

 

Sustaining Partner College Grants

Students from US Sustaining Partner Colleges automatically receive a US $500 reduction in tuition in each course they take. Students from Canadian Sustaining Partner Colleges automatically receive a US $600 reduction per course. 

 

Honors Scholarship

This award is granted to Institute alumni who have achieved at least a 3.0 G.P.A. in each of their prior Au Sable courses. It is an automatic grant of US $250 (for May courses) and US $400 (per session for summer courses). Receipt of the Au Sable Honors Scholarship does not diminish the alumni’s opportunity to qualify for additional financial assistance.

 

Grant-in-aid

Grants are provided for students who have financial need and do not qualify for any other fellowships at the Au Sable Institute. Grants will be awarded in the amount of US $600 (May and Summer Sessions). Awards will be made on the basis of demonstrated financial need, availability of funds and date of application.

The following are requirements for this grant:

  • Financial need must be demonstrated.
  • The student must have good to excellent academic ability.
  • Fellowship recipients are not eligible for grant-in-aid.

The following materials are required in the application for the 2018 Au Sable Grant-in-aid:

  • A personal statement describing financial need.
  • A copy of the first two pages of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Student Aid Report (SAR), which shows the Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
  • A current academic transcript (official or unofficial).

Deadline: All application materials should be submitted at the same time by the student to the admissions office at the Great Lakes Campus by January 15.

Awards will be announced as early as January 31. Subsequent fellowship applications will continue to be accepted, with deadlines of February 15 and March 15, if fellowship funds remain available or until individual course enrollment exceeds 10 students or campus enrollment in that term exceeds 30 students, whichever comes first. In such cases, new Grant-in-aid awards are announced at the end of the month. Students must be enrolled in Au Sable classes prior to the application deadline for consideration.

 

Au Sable Fellowship

The Institute recognizes certain students having abilities, interests and leadership potential in environmental stewardship by designating such students as “Au Sable Fellows.” Au Sable Fellows are granted financial support of US $1,500 (summer courses only). Fellowships are merit-based and require evidence of excellent academic ability (min. 3.0 GPA). Fellowship recipients must enroll in two courses per summer session.

The Au Sable Faculty Representative recommends students for Au Sable Fellow designation according to the following criteria:

  • Superior academic ability, exceptional interest in environmental studies, and potential for leadership in environmental stewardship.
  • Reflection of the biblical principles of love, service, and stewardship in daily life.

The following materials are required in the application for the Au Sable Fellowship:

  • A completed recommendation form from the Au Sable Faculty Representative that affirms the student's academic qualifications, interest in environmental studies, and leadership potential.
  • A current academic transcript (official or unofficial).
  • A personal essay from the student including their interest in environmental stewardship and a statement of faith affirming the application of biblical principles of love, service and stewardship in their daily life.

Deadline: All application materials should be submitted at the same time by the Au Sable Faculty Representative to the admissions office at the Great Lakes Campus by January 15. Students should plan their requests with the faculty representative to allow enough time for completion prior to the deadline.

Awards will be announced as early as January 31. Subsequent fellowship applications will continue to be accepted, with deadlines of February 15 and March 15, if fellowship funds remain available or until individual course enrollment exceeds 10 students or campus enrollment in that term exceeds 30 students, whichever comes first. In such cases, new Fellowship awards are announced at the end of the month. Students must be enrolled in Au Sable classes prior to the application deadline for consideration.

 

Missionary Earthkeeping Fellowship

These fellowships are awarded to qualified students demonstrating a vocational commitment to a career in missions and the application of environmental knowledge and skill in missionary efforts. This award normally provides US $2000 (summer courses) or US $1000 (May courses). Summer fellowship recipients must enroll in two courses per summer session. This aid is merit-based, requiring excellent academic ability and an interest in a missions career.

  • Students may apply or be nominated for this fellowship by the Au Sable Faculty Representative from their campus.
  • Required Materials include:
    • A vocational statement by the student that confirms a dedication to a career in missions
    • A current academic transcript (official or unofficial)
    • A current resume
    • Letters of recommendation from your Au Sable Faculty Representative, one other faculty or staff member at your home college, and a missions professional attesting to the student's commitment to a career in missions and the application of environmental knowledge and skill in missionary efforts

Deadline: All application materials, except the additional recommendation letter/missions reference, should be submitted at the same time by the Au Sable Faculty Representative to the admissions office at the Great Lakes Campus by January 15. The additional recommendation letter/missions reference may be included in the application materials sent by the Faculty Representative or may be sent directly by the recommender to the Institute at the address below, before the application deadline.

Awards will be announced by February 15. The student must be enrolled in Au Sable classes prior to the application deadline for consideration.

 

Harold Z. Snyder Fellowship

To commemorate the vision, life, and legacy of Au Sable founder Dr. Harold Snyder, the Institute offers the Harold Snyder Fellowship to provide an annual award of US $3000 towards two courses at Au Sable. The Fellowship is given to one student each year who shows promise of developing the passion, vision, and skill to do and teach science to others as an expression of Christian faith, and as a commitment to serve and protect God's earth.

Read more about Harold's legacy on the Au Sable history webpage.

The Au Sable Institute invites application for the Harold Snyder Fellowship from students who possess and provide:

  • A statement by the student to the Institute explaining his or her own understanding and appreciation of the work of Harold Snyder and the Au Sable Institute, and their hopes and desires for studying the biological or environmental sciences as an act of appreciation for God's Creation as well as an act of worship of the Creator.
  • A current academic transcript (official or unofficial) displaying:
    • Superior academic ability (GPA of 3.00 or higher)
    • Sophomore standing or higher at a participating college of the Au Sable Institute
    • Academic record providing evidence of pursuit of advanced knowledge and skills of environmental and conservation science
  • Letters of recommendation from the Au Sable Faculty Representative and one other faculty member at the student's home college attesting to the student's commitment to and vision for environmental stewardship and academic promise.
  • A pastoral reference or reference from the campus ministry staff of the student's institution attesting to the applications commitment to faithful and obedient Christian living as a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Acceptance of the Harold Snyder Fellowship requires registration for and completion of a minimum of two courses in residence at Au Sable's Great Lakes Campus during the year in which the award is given. While there is no restriction as to which courses the recipient might take, we would encourage Field Biology in Spring, Aquatic Biology, or Lake Ecology and Management, as these subjects were close to Dr. Snyder's own academic interests. 

Deadline: All application materials, except the additional recommendation letter/pastoral reference, should be submitted at the same time by the Au Sable Faculty Representative to the admissions office at the Great Lakes Campus by January 15. The additional recommendation letter/pastoral reference may be included in the application materials sent by the Faculty Representative, or may be sent directly by the recommender to the Institute at the address below before the application deadline. Students should plan their requests with the faculty representative and references to allow enough time for completion prior to the deadline.

Awards will be announced by February 15. The student must be enrolled in Au Sable classes prior to the nomination deadline for consideration. This fellowship is granted to a student enrolled in either summer session at the Great Lakes Campus.

 

David C. Mahan Fellowship

To commemorate the legacy of 30 years of service by Au Sable's former Associate Executive Director, Dr. David C. Mahan, the Institute offers the David C. Mahan Fellowship to provide an annual award of US $2000 towards two courses at Au Sable. The Mahan Fellowship is given to one student each year who shows the ability to advance the work of creation care through creative and caring relational collaborations with others, a hallmark of the work of Dave Mahan during his three decades at Au Sable.

The Au Sable Institute invites applications for the David C. Mahan Fellowship from students who possess and provide:

  • A statement by the student to the Institute explaining his or her own understanding and appreciation of the work of Dave Mahan and the Au Sable Institute, and their skill in creating relationally based collaborations to further creation care.
  • A current academic transcript (official or unofficial) displaying:
    • Superior academic ability (GPA of 3.00 or higher)
    • Sophomore standing or higher at a participating college of the Au Sable Institute
    • Academic record providing evidence of pursuit of advanced knowledge and skills of environmental and conservation science
  • Letters of recommendation from the Au Sable Faculty Representative and one other faculty member at the student's home college attesting to the student's commitment to and vision for environmental stewardship and academic promise.
  • A pastoral reference or reference from the campus ministry staff of the student's institution attesting to the applicant's commitment to faithful and obedient Christian living as a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Acceptance of the David C. Mahan Fellowship requires registration for and completion of a minimum of two courses in residence at Au Sable's Great Lakes Campus during the year in which the award is given. While there is no restriction as to which courses the recipient might take, we would encourage Aquatic Biology, Lake Ecology and Management, or Watersheds in Global Development as these subjects were close to Dr. Mahan's own academic interests.

Deadline: All application materials, except the additional recommendation letter/pastoral reference, should be submitted at the same time by the Au Sable Faculty Representative to the admissions office at the Great Lakes Campus by January 15. The additional recommendation letter/pastoral reference may be included in the application materials sent by the Faculty Representative or may be sent directly by the recommender to the Institute at the address below before the application deadline. 

Awards will be announced by Feburary 15. The student must be enrolled in Au Sable classes prior to the nomination deadline for consideration. This fellowship is granted to a student enrolled in either summer session at the Great Lakes Campus.

 

Calvin B. DeWitt Leadership Fellowship

Dr. Calvin B. DeWitt is the founding Executive Director of the Au Sable Institute. Since its formation under Cal DeWitt's leadership in 1979, Au Sable has become an Institute of national and international recognition in Christian environmental stewardship. more than 4,000 people have taken courses in Au Sable's College Academic Program and over 130,000 have participated as students in its Environmental Education Program for K-12 students in northern Michigan. The DeWitt Fellowship is given to one student each year who shows the potential for leadership and vision in Christian environmental stewardship that reflects Cal DeWitt's legacy at the Au Sable Institute.

Any Participating College may nominate one student for a Leadership Fellowship each year. Au Sable will normally select one student to receive this award. The recipient receives a US $5100 Leadership Fellowship that will be applied to the recipient's expenses for one summer session (two-course enrollment required). In addition to academic excellence, nominees must show high potential for leadership in Christian environmental stewardship as documented by the nominating institution in the case statement prepared on behalf of the nominee.

The case statement should include:

  • A nomination letter from the college representative describing the student's financial need and giving evidence of the student's leadership potential, including personal growth in recent years.
  • A personal statement (500-600 words) by the student reflecting on experiences which demonstrate past leadership, interest in and commitment to Christian environmental stewardship.
  • The student's statement of personal faith and future goals and aspirations.
  • A current college transcript (official or unofficial)
  • A resume listing education, service involvement, leadership positions and community, church, and co-curricular activities.
  • Two letters of recommendation in addition to the nominating recommendation.

Deadline: All application materials, except the additional recommendation letters, should be submitted at the same time by the Au Sable Faculty Representative to the admissions office at the Great Lakes Campus by January 15. The two additional recommendation letters may be included in the case statement by the Faculty Representative or may be sent by the recommenders directly to the Institute at the address below, before the application deadline. 

Awards will be announced by February 15. The student must be enrolled in Au Sable classes prior to the nomination deadline for consideration. The fellowship is granted to a student enrolled in either summer session.