Tuition and Financial Assistance
The tuition fee for Bergen LEADS is $2,000 per participant. This fee includes all incidental expenses associated with your Bergen LEADS experience, including food on seminar days, seminar materials, and assessment instruments. $300 is payable upon acceptance to the program. The remainder is due no later than December 31; payment terms may be arranged.
Bergen LEADS is committed to being available to participants from the private sector, non-profit agencies, government organizations and community volunteers. We seek participants who represent the rich diversity of Bergen County, ethnically, racially, and socio-economically. We will strive to meet this objective by providing a LIMITED number of need-based scholarships.
Bergen LEADS does expect each participant to contribute at least $300 to his/her experience in the program. It is also our hope that employers and/or sponsoring organizations will support your participation in Bergen LEADS by providing the remaining $1,700 of the Bergen LEADS tuition fee. If you, your employer or sponsoring organization is not able to provide the remaining tuition, you may apply for financial assistance.
All finalists will be required to complete and submit a Request for Financial Assistance. Applicants who do not require assistance will indicate that on the form; those who are applying for a scholarship will complete the form and submit personal and organizational financial information. These completed forms will remain sealed until the class is chosen; at that time, the requests for financial assistance will be reviewed and scholarships will be awarded based on available funds and need.
The information below is designed to help you better understand how financial assistance decisions will be made at Bergen LEADS.
Payment of tuition for Bergen LEADS is broken down as follows:
|Individual Participant Contribution
||Each participant is expected to contribute this amount personally and/or with help from friends, family and supporters.
||Payable by employer, sponsoring organization or participant. Many employers and organizations have some funds for professional development that they would be willing to use to support your participation. We recognize that different organizations have differing abilities to contribute.
|Total Bergen LEADS Tuition
||The total cost of Bergen LEADS is well over $4,000 per participant. Bergen LEADS has raised funds from foundations, corporations and individuals to help support the program.