Payment Policies

Note to Non-Bay Area Potential Participants

GirlVentures is a program located in the San Francisco Bay Area and our programs are primarily designed for local youth.  While we welcome applications from out of the area, the following must be true in order to participate:

1. Families provide transportation to and from San Francisco or Oakland, where all courses begin and end.  Courses begin between at 8:00-9:00am on the first day and end between 4:00-6:00pm on the last day.

2. At least one adult parent/guardian or emergency contact must accompany the youth on the first day, pick them up on the last day and remain available by phone in the Bay Area for the duration of the course.

Course Tuition and Payment Options

To ensure that all girls have the opportunity to participate in our programs, we offer sliding scale tuition. Once a participant are accepted for a specific course, they and their family will self-select their household income range, tuition amount, and preferred payment plan.  We do not require proof of income. We ask that families pay an amount within the recommended sliding scale for their income bracket, at minimum. Selected tuition may be paid in up to four monthly installments.

As a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing equitable access to outdoor education, GirlVentures subsidizes the tuition of all participants.

Late Payments

If payments are not received by GirlVentures as scheduled a late payment of 5% will be charged. This 5% will be compounded monthly if payment remains absent. If payment is not received prior to course start, program participation may be denied.


If participant cancels a Summer Program, they may receive partial refunds.

Cancellation with 60 – 45 days remaining before course start: 100% tuition refunded
Cancellation 45 – 30 days prior to course start: 50% tuition refunded
Cancellation 30 days or less prior to course start: 0% tuition refunded.

If participant cancels a School Year Program:
Cancellation with more than 30 days to course start: 100% refund
Cancellation with less than 30 days to course start: 0% refund.

Due to our limited number of financial aid awards, participants who have received financial aid must give at least 30 days notice for cancellation. Lack of notice may affect girl’s participation in future GirlVentures programs. If all paperwork and relevant information is received by GirlVentures by the appropriate deadlines, and you are not accepted for medical or psychological reasons, you will receive a full refund of program fees.


If a student chooses to leave or is removed from the course for behavioral, motivational (including homesickness), and/or medical reasons GirlVentures cannot refund your payment. Medical reasons include: illness on course, injury on course, previous or new medical condition or student taking prescription medications that were not reported to our office prior to course start.


In the unlikely event that we must cancel a course, we will refund all tuition and fees. If one day or a few days of a program is cancelled, we will refund the tuition amount at a pro-rated daily rate.

GirlVentures will appear on your credit card or bank statement.