Cost and Financial Aid

The 4th–6th Grade Talent Search charges a onetime enrollment fee of $40 that gives students access to their benefits until the end of sixth grade. Please note that this fee is nonrefundable.

An additional $42 fee is required to take the optional PSAT 8/9. The test fee is paid when a student registers for the test and is paid each year the student chooses to test.

Financial aid

TIP believes that all academically talented students should be able to take part in our programs, and that all students benefit when our community of learners is economically diverse. We welcome students from all economic backgrounds and waive the talent search enrollment fee for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch programs at their schools.

Students requesting the talent search fee waiver may enroll online or by paper application (which you can request by emailing us). Submit a copy of your free or reduced lunch approval paperwork or a completed fee waiver form when you enroll. If you did not receive a fee waiver form with your invitation letter from your school, please contact your school to request one.

We also provide a fixed number of fee waivers for the PSAT 8/9 registration fee, offered on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified students. We have filled all of the PSAT 8/9 testing waiver spaces for the 2017–2018 academic year. Students interested in testing may still register, but will be required to pay the $42 testing fee.  

Students qualify for the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search by achieving a score in the 95th percentile or higher on a qualifying exam. Once enrolled, for a onetime fee, they receive access to benefits until the end of sixth grade, including optional above-level testing; enrichment activities like the book club, writing and illustration contest, and specialized publications; and eligibility to apply to TIP’s educational programs.