FAQ

Do you have a specific question about the CSPA Workshop? Find answers to the most common workshop-related questions below. If you have a question not listed here, please email support@cspaworkshop.org.

Can you attend the workshop after you graduate from high school?
For the three required writing samples, do they have to be journalism pieces?
Will you accept applications after the priority deadline?
Is this a residential workshop? Is a non-residential workshop available?
My student has a schedule conflict that would require them to miss days of the workshop. Should they still apply?
Do you accept applications from out-of-state students? What about international students?
What is the minimum age for a workshop student?
Do you accept letters of recommendation or other outside materials beyond the three required samples and option video?
Is travel included in the cost of the workshop?
Can I visit my student during the workshop or take my student home on the weekend?
How are sleeping rooms assigned?
Is financial assistance of any kind available?
How much are workshop instructors paid?
What is the refund policy?

Can you attend the workshop after you graduate from high school?
Yes. Students are eligible to apply during their final year of high school and attend the summer immediately following their high school graduation. Preference is given to students who apply in their senior and junior years.

For the three required writing samples, do they have to be journalism pieces?
Absolutely not! You are welcome to submit any three samples of work that you feel best represents your abilities. That can include articles, essays, short stories, persuasive pieces — anything. They also do not need to be published.

Will you accept applications after the priority deadline?
Yes. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with the first acceptance notifications expected shortly after the March 31 priority deadline and continuing until as long as space is available.

Is this a residential workshop? Is a non-residential workshop available?
Yes, the CSPA Workshop is a residential workshop. A non-residential option is not available.

My student has a schedule conflict that would require them to miss days of the workshop. Should they still apply?
All students are expected to arrive and leave on the same days. If a student is unable to attend a portion of the workshop, they should wait to apply in a future year.

Do you accept applications from out-of-state students? What about international students?
Yes and yes. Out-of-state students are encouraged to apply and pay the same as in-state students for the workshop. International students are also encouraged to apply and pay the same as in-state students for the workshop. Depending on the home country of the student, there can be issues with the online application. International applicants can request assistance by emailing support@cspaworkshop.org.

What is the minimum age for a workshop student?
A student must be 14 years old at the start of the workshop to apply. However, simply being old enough to attend high school or reading and/or writing at a high school level is not the most important consideration. Parents/guardians must realize this is an experience as close to college as many high schoolers will experience. Students must be comfortable living, eating and sleeping away from home for the duration of the workshop. They must be comfortable sharing a room with 1-2 other students, and a bathroom with as many as 8. They also must be prepared to attend classes that can start as early as 8 a.m. and run as late as 11 p.m. These are just a few of the reasons why preference is given to current high school seniors and juniors.

Is travel included in the cost of the workshop?
No. All students must coordinate and cover the cost of their own travel. Students are not permitted to bring their own cars, so many students are dropped off by parents/guardians. Others travel by bus, train or plane and are picked up at the station or airport by instructors or counselors.

Do you accept letters of recommendation or other outside materials beyond the three required samples and option video?
Students are welcome to submit additional materials by email, but typically they are not considered.

Can I visit my student during the workshop or take my student home on the weekend?
No. This is a fully programmed workshop. All classes and recreational activities are mandatory. Students are not permitted to leave campus without an instructor or counselor at any time during the workshop. Students are also not permitted to bring their own cars.

How are sleeping rooms assigned?
The residence halls provide triple-occupancy accommodations with community-style bath facilities. Floors, which includes all bedrooms and bathrooms, are separated by gender with a minimum of two counselors staying on the same floor.

Is financial assistance of any kind available?
Need-based financial support may be available. After an application is submitted, please email support@cspaworkshop.org for more information. Note that an application must be submitted first.

How much are workshop instructors paid?
All instructors volunteer their time. They volunteer because they have a sincere desire to help the next generation of journalists. Most of our faculty attended this same journalism workshop when they were in high school and they know the value of our curriculum. Not only do they volunteer their time, but most pay their own expenses.

Is there a refund policy?
Students who have paid tuition but are unable to attend must notify CSPA by email as soon as possible.

  • At least 45 days before the start of the workshop: 100% refund credited to the card used to make the payment, minus a processing fee
  • Less than 45 but at least 30 days: 75% refund, minus a processing fee
  • Less than 30 but at least 15 days: 50% refund, minus a processing fee

Within 14 days of the beginning of the workshop – or after the workshop has started – no refund will be given.

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