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Thank you for considering the Spartan Debate Institutes! This section provides information about the deadlines, acceptance policies, and deposits for each of the programs we offer. If you have any questions, please email us at debate@msu.edu.

Admissions Policy

We employ a "monthly rolling admissions" policy, meaning that we release admissions decisions and information at the conclusion of every calendar month. The deadline for consideration of your application in a given montly cycle is the 20th of that month. For example, an application received March 20th is guaranteed a decision at the end of March. An application recieved March 25th is guaranteed a decision by the end of April.

Please Note: The application deadline for all sessions is Friday, May 18th.

To apply for any SDI session, CLICK HERE

 

SDI 4 Week Session

Acceptance Policy

Selective Acceptance, based on student merit and space considerations. Applications will be evaluated based on many factors, including prior success, coach recommendations, number and quality of tournaments attended, prior institute experience, and upward potential.

Application Deadline

May 18, 2018. We need to receive completed applications by this date. Students will be notified of their admission status (accepted, rejected, or wait-listed) based on the acceptance policy outlined above. Because we review applications on a rolling basis, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to ensure a spot at the camp.

Deposit

Regular Applicants can apply without sending in a deposit. If accepted, students will have one week from the date of their acceptance to confirm their attendance with a $1000 deposit. Failure to submit a deposit on time may result in the forfeiture of admission. Deposits are non-refundable, and may be made by check, money order, or at https://commerce.cashnet.com/msu_3291.

Early Deposit Discount: Students who send in their application and $1000 deposit by April 6, 2018 will receive a $150 discount off the total price of 4-week tuition if they are accepted. Students who are not accepted can either have their deposit applied to another session of the SDI or have their payment refunded. Deposits are non-refundable for accepted students.

Payment Deadline

After the deposit is submitted, the balance of the tuition is due at or before registration on July 8th, 2018. Please do not pay the balance of tuition until you have received your acceptance and confirmation.

What to expect after applying

Each applicant will receive an email confirming our receipt of their application. Accepted students will receive packets with their admissions confirmation, a medical form, a university release form, and additional information to be reviewed and/or filled out by the student and their parents at the conclusion of that monthly admissions cycle.

To apply for the SDI 4-Week Institute, click here.

 

SDI 2 and 3 Week Sessions

Acceptance Policy

Open Acceptance, as long as your application and deposit are received on time.

Application Deadline

Friday, May 18th. We need to receive completed applications by this date. Late applications will be reviewed, but we cannot guarantee acceptance to students who apply after the deadline.

Deposit

An initial deposit check or money order for $300 payable to "Michigan State University" should be sent when you submit your application. This year, we can also accept online payment with Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express. To make a credit card payment, please go to https://commerce.cashnet.com/msu_3291. Applications are not complete until deposits are received. Deposits are non-refundable.Please do not pay the balance of tuition until you have received your acceptance and confirmation.

Payment Deadline

After the deposit is submitted, the balance of the tuition is due at or before registration on July 8th, 2018.

What to expect after applying

Each applicant will receive an email confirming our receipt of their application. Accepted students will receive packets with their admissions confirmation, a medical form, a university release form, and additional information to be reviewed and/or filled out by the student and their parents at the conclusion of that monthly admissions cycle.

To apply for the SDI 2 or 3 Week Institute, click here.

 

Coaches Clinic

For more information about the Coaches Clinic, click here. All coaches who apply by May 27, 2018 will be accepted. Applications can be downloaded here, and should be emailed to debate@msu.edu.

Applications should be sent with an initial deposit check or money order for $300 payable to "Michigan State University". All deposits are non-refundable. As with our student sessions, deposits and fees may be paid online, at https://commerce.cashnet.com/msu_3291.

To download the Coaches Clinic application, click here.

 

Financial Aid / Scholarships

The SDI offers limited need-based financial assistance. Our revised SDI Scholarship Application is available here as a Word document. Instructions and details are on the application itself. Please remember that scholarship applications must be received on or before April 27, 2018 to be considered. Please note that this is BEFORE the overall application deadline. Scholarship applications must be mailed to the address listed on the application; please, no email.