How Do I Apply?

Now that you know a little about the the program, read on for details on how to apply.

While you're waiting to see if you're selected, look forward to the next step.

Application to program

December 1, 2018: Course descriptions available

December 15, 2018: Online applications open

Updated policy: Your student is not enrolled in the program until he/she is accepted and a payment is complete (either full tuition or the first installment of a payment plan). Classes will be filled based on review of the student’s strengths and interest that demonstrate the class is a good academic fit to nurture the student’s potential.

To apply, complete the following steps:

  • Identify one or more classes that are a good fit for your student’s academic strengths and interests.
  • Classes should be picked based on the student's grade during the current academic year.
  • Complete an application for each selected class.
  • Await identification of student’s status. Blast program acceptance is based on review of the student’s strengths and interest that demonstrate the class is a good academic fit to nurture the student’s potential.
  • If accepted, enrollment can be completed via the student’s account.  If the class is not a good fit, you will be supported in identification of other classes or programs that may be a better fit for the student.
  • If there are more eligible students than seats in a class, then students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and a waitlist will be generated for the class.

Cost & Payment

Tuition: Each class costs $480. Fees cover tuition, books, materials, and a t-shirt.

Please note tuition for Blast is not eligible for tax credits or other pretax reimbursement because it is an educational rather than child care program.

Updated policy: Your student is not enrolled in the program until he/she is accepted and a payment is complete (either full tuition or the first installment of a payment plan). Classes will be filled based on review of the student’s strengths and interest that demonstrate the class is a good academic fit to nurture the student’s potential.

Lunch supervision: Supervision is included as part of the program, and students bring their own sack lunch.

Extended-stay program: Pre-registration for the early drop-off and late-stay program fee is $35 per week. Prearranged drop-in fees are $20 per hour. If your student has not been picked up 10 minutes after class is released, then he/she will join the students in the extended-stay program and there will be a $25 fee.

Financial aid: You can apply for financial aid when applying to classes.

Payment options: 

  1. Pay the entire amount on a credit card.
  2. Pay in three equal installments using a credit card.
  3. Set up an individualized payment plan.

Financial Aid

You may apply for a Wallace Grant for financial aid when you apply to the program. Information, including parent(s)/guardian(s) salary, enrollment in free/reduced lunch, or other federal or state assistance programs will be collected at that time. Those that apply for financial aid will initially only be charged half the cost of the program. However, after your information has been reviewed, a decision will be made, and you will receive an email regarding the amount of your award.

H.B. and Jocelyn Wallace of Scottsdale, Arizona have been longtime supporters of the Belin-Blank Center. Their generous donation has enabled us to make grants available to students in our summer programs. The grants are for up to one-half the cost of the program and will be applied directly to the registration fees for the summer.

H.B. WallaceJocelyn Wallace

Locations

The Iowa City Blast program is held in the Blank Honors Center on the University of Iowa Campus.