Frequently Asked Questions

Get (almost) all the answers to your Year On questions—from how to apply to what you’ll do during your experience abroad.


When does Year On start? What are the program dates?

Dates for the 2018-19 Year On programs are as follows:

Year Experience
  • Explore: October 7th - December 15th, 2018
  • Focus: January 13th - March 23rd, 2019
  • Launch: April 8 - June 28th, 2019
Semester Experience
  • Explore: September 2nd - October 6th, 2018
  • Focus: October 7th - December 15th, 2018
What if I’m starting college in January? Is there a semester-long program?

Yes! Year On has a fall and spring semester program that includes Explore and Focus, without the Launch phase (you’ll already be Launching into college). 

Do I have to participate in every phase of the program?

Yes, the Year On program is designed as a three-phase program, and you must attend all three phases. However, we do provide a Custom Explore Phase if you do not wish to participate in any of our Explore options. Simply contact us at for more information.

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Do I have to already be accepted to college to participate in the program?

No, you don’t have to be accepted to college to participate in Year On. The program is geared towards high school graduates who are taking a semester prior to starting college, but you do not need to be enrolled or accepted in college to join the program. Should you wish to apply to college during or after the program, your coach can help you with your college application.

Is there an application fee to apply?

No, we do not charge a fee to apply to Year On. Simply fill out our application and we’ll take it from there!


Do you offer credit for the Year On program?

Currently Year On does not offer credit. We are working with colleges and universities to change this -- if you are enrolled in a university and are looking to earn credit, contact us at to let us know.

What if I’m already accepted to college? Can I still participate in the program?

Yes! Most colleges and universities have deferral policies that allow students to defer for up to one year before beginning their freshman year. Colleges recognize the benefits of taking time “on” and many are supportive and even encouraging of gap years.

Notifying your college or university is fairly simple, but the process does change depending on which institution you choose to attend. Once admitted, you can contact admissions to let them know you wish to defer your admissions. They will want to know what you are doing before you rejoin them later in the year. Email us at to get a copy of our Deferral Guide. We are always happy to provide a letter of recommendation at your institution’s request.


How much does the program cost?

The Year Experience costs $24,000 and the Semester Experience costs $19,000. There are additional costs to consider including travel and personal expenses. Learn more about what this includes and how you can apply for financial assistance here.

What additional costs will I need to cover?

For Explore, you will need:

  • Roundtrip airfare ($300-$1,600)
  • Visa costs
  • Extra food and spending money ($500-$800)
  • Optional excursions on weekends ($200-$1,000)
  • Optional in-country language classes
  • Personal expenses

For Focus, you will need:

  • Breakfast and dinner on weekdays
  • Spending money for the weekends (meals and activities)
  • Personal expenses

For Launch, you will need:

  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Personal expenses
Is there financial aid or scholarships? 

Yes, we offer financial assistance! All you have to do is send us your FAFSA form, which you can fill out at For those Fellows who have not filled out the FAFSA, we will need you to fill out a Financial Statement. Learn more here, or email us at

To learn more about Year On's financial aid process and common questions about financing gap years, read our Financial Resources Overview.
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