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Admissions Policy

Application deadline: The application deadline for all sessions is May 17. Late applications will be reviewed on a limited basis.

Enrollment Caps: In order to ensure the online sessions of the 2020 are high quality, we will be capping enrollment. The Spartan Scholars will be capped at 32, the Four Week Session will be capped at 32 and the Two Week Session will be capped at 24. This is to ensure we are exclusively using staff who have been extensively trained in online debate instruction while keeping our student to instructor ratio at 8:1 or less. Places will be filled based on who has applied AND paid a deposit.

 

To apply for any SDI session, CLICK HERE

 

Spartan Scholars and Four Week

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.

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 5 will receive a $200 discount off the total price of Spartan Scholars tuition or $150 off the total price of 4 Week tuition. 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 June 28th, 2020.

What to expect after applying

Each applicant will receive an email confirming our receipt of their application. Accepted students will later 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.

 

SDI 2 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.

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.

Payment Deadline

After the deposit is submitted, the balance of the tuition is due at or before registration on June 28th, 2020.

What to expect after applying

Each applicant will receive an email confirming our receipt of their application. Accepted students will later 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.

 

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 26 to be considered. Please note that this is BEFORE the overall application deadline. Because campus building are closed in the wake of COVID-19, applicants should redact sensitive information from their application (e.g. social security numbers) and email the materials to debate@msu.edu