Scholarships FAQs

We are delighted to offer a generous scholarship program with over 30 years of history in supporting yogis. Our scholarships are the way that Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram tithes back to our community.  We offer four types of scholarships:

  1. Rising Star ★ Shining Star
  2. Need-Based Scholarships.
  3. SATYA Expanded Scholarships.
  4. Mandali Travels (programs offered outside of DowningtownPA).

When do I apply?

Rising Star ★ Shining Star — apply three weeks before the Course Confirmation Date

Need-Based Scholarships — apply three weeks before the Course Confirmation Date.

Expanded Scholarships — Apply early!  Applications are processed quarterly (see below). 

Programs outside of Downingtown PA —  apply 1 month before the program begins.

May I qualify for more than one scholarship?

Yes.  You may qualify for multiple Scholarships for the same programs.  You may also qualify for scholarships for multiple programs in a year.  Simply fill out separate forms for each scholarship type and for each program.

When will I know about my application?

Rising Star ★ Shining Star Scholarships are awarded at the Course Confirmation Date, which gives you enough time to make your travel arrangements. 

Need-Based Scholarships are awarded at the Course Confirmation Datewhich gives you enough time to make your travel arrangements. 

Expanded Scholarships are reviewed and announced on a quarterly schedule (see below).  Your award may be used on any YTT or ATT program within the following 12 months.

Hosted Programs (outside of Downingtown PA) — Scholarships are managed by the host, who makes awards 2-3 weeks before the program begins.

RISING STAR ★ SHINING STAR SCHOLARSHIPS

What is a Rising Star ★ Shining Star Scholarship?

This scholarship program supports Svaroopa® Yoga teachers-in-training, whether entering or continuing in our Yoga Teacher/Therapist Trainings or Meditation Teacher Trainings (YTT, ATT, PYT, MTT).  

If you are age 35 or under, and are referred by your teacher, you are eligible to be one of our Rising Stars  Shining Stars are the referring teachers, SATYA members who  have nominated a Rising Star.  Each teacher receives a scholarship of 50% on tuition and DTS for eligible programs in 2017-2018 at Lokananda in Downingtown PA.

If I receive a Rising Star or Shining Star Scholarship, may I set up a payment plan?

Yes, if you are awarded one of these Scholarships for part of your tuition, you can pay the balance through a payment plan.  

Where does Rising Star ★ Shining Star Scholarship money come from?

Our 2017 spring fundraising campaign was entitled “Inspiring Our Next Generation.” Many generous donors donated to support younger teachers in YTT and MTT. The Ashram is holding dedicated scholarship funds, specifically for our next generation of promising teachers.  

How does the timing work?

You must plan ahead.  Applications are due seven weeks before the training begins or earlier.  Awards are granted at the Course Confirmation Date, which is about one month before the course begins.  Late applications cannot be processed.  You may submit your application earlier and use it in a qualifying program in 2017-2018, if the funds are available at that time.

How is a Rising Star or Shining Star Scholarship determined?

Awards are distributed on a first-come first-served basis.  You may apply up to 12 months in advance, for a program in 2017-2018, but the award is not final until the Course Confirmation Date.  If scholarship funds are available at that time, you will receive the award.

How do I apply for a Rising Star or Shining Star Scholarship?

Click here for more information.  If you have any questions or need help completing the application, our Enrollment Advisors are happy to help: Turn on Javascript! or 610.806.2119.

 

NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS

What types of programs offer Need-Based Scholarships?

Need-Based Scholarships are available for our retreats (except Shaktipat) and for our asana-based professional trainings in Downingtown PA, including Foundations, YTT, EYTS and ATT /Deeper programs.  No scholarships are available for Shaktipat Retreats.  Instead, we offer many free services and free programs with Swami Nirmalananda.  You can easily access the teachings and do the svaroopavidya practices without any out-of-pocket cost to you.

How is a Need-Based Scholarship determined?

Need-Based Scholarships are based on financial need as well as your reasons for wanting to take the course, also factoring in availability of scholarship funds and equitable distribution among those in need.  Late applications don’t work because the funds may be already awarded to others and because of needed processing time; apply before the Course Confirmation Date.

The maximum award is 25% of your enrollment fees, including: Tuition, DTS and Housing & Meals.  It may not be combined with any other discounts.  Your application includes financial disclosure as well as a copy of your most recent tax return.  All your information is carefully respected and kept strictly confidential.

You may also qualify for a Rising Star  Shining Star scholarship and/or Expanded Scholarship at the same time – simply submit applications for all of them.

If I receive a Need-Based Scholarship, may I set up a payment plan?

Yes, if you are awarded one of these Scholarships for part of your enrollment fee, you can pay the balance through a payment plan. 

Where does Need-Based Scholarship money come from?

We fund these scholarships in-house.  Need-based scholarships for a course are based on that specific course’s revenue.  We budget 10% of the course revenue for scholarships.

Who makes the Need-Based Scholarship determinations?

Scholarships are processed by a panel of reviewers whose identity is confidential.  To that end, all communications regarding scholarships (questions, applications, and notifications) are handled by our Enrollment Advisors.  We treat all your information with utmost confidentiality and respect.

Are Need-Based Scholarships transferrable?

No.  Need-Based Scholarships for one course cannot be transferred to another course. This is because scholarships are calculated based on a percentage of that specific course’s revenue.

How do I apply for a Need-Based Scholarship?

Turn on Javascript! to let us know of your interest in a scholarship; an Enrollment Advisor will contact you within 24 hours. You will need to complete an application and to include a copy of your tax return.  When we receive your application, we confirm that we have received it within 24 hours.  Then we send it to one of our reviewers.  Scholarships are awarded approximately four weeks before the program begins, which gives you enough time to make any needed travel arrangements. 

 

EXPANDED SCHOLARSHIP

What is an Expanded Scholarship?

This scholarship program supports the Svaroopa® yoga teachers who share Svaroopa® yoga most widely. Teachers with 30 or more students per week are eligible, with no financial information required on the application. The more you teach, the more we want to help you study! You carry Svaroopa® yoga to the next generation, so we want to help you expand your skills and deepen your expertise. These scholarships are available for trainings you have not previously taken in our YTT,  ATT and Deeper  trainings as well our EYTS programs.

If I receive an Expanded Scholarship, may I set up a payment plan?

Yes, if you are awarded one of these Scholarships for part of your enrollment fee, you can pay the balance through a payment plan.  

 Where does Expanded Scholarship money come from?

We fund these scholarships in-house, as a percentage of SATYA membership dues.  Our scholarship budget is 10% of the SATYA membership revenue in the previous calendar quarter.

 How does the timing work?

You must plan ahead!  Late applications cannot be processed.  You may submit your application at any time, though it will be reviewed in the timing on the quarterly schedule below.  Your award may be used on any qualifying program within the 12 months following your award.

Program Dates

Application Dates

Scholarship Awards

April through the following March

the prior October 1-December 31

March 15

July through the following June

the prior January 1-March 30

June 15

October through the following Sept.

the prior April 1-June 30

September 15

January through the following Dec.

the prior July 1-September 30

December 15

 How is an Expanded Scholarship determined?

Expanded Scholarships are awarded based on availability of scholarship funds and equitable distribution among those whose applications have been approved.  The maximum award is 25% of your enrollment fees, including: Tuition, DTS and housing and meals and may not be combined with any other discounts.

Application questions focus on the number of students and yoga therapy clients you are serving in an average week. There are no questions about financial need because this scholarship is not based on need.  You may also qualify for a Rising Star  Shining Star scholarship and/or Need-Based Scholarship for the same program – simply submit applications for all of them.

How do I apply for an Expanded Scholarship?

Click here for the application, which includes information on how you submit it.  If you have any questions or need help completing the application, our Enrollment Advisors are happy to help: Turn on Javascript! or 610.806.2119.

When we receive your application, we confirm that we have received it within 24 hours.  We send it to our reviewers on the cycle noted above. You’ll receive notification about your application on scheduled dates.

 

MANDALI TRAVELS SCHOLARSHIPS

What is a Mandali Travels Scholarship?

Wherever one of our Yogimmersions is held, we offer need-based scholarships to support yogis who would not be able to attend without help. A Host has invited us to come and is serving as local liaison, so she manages the scholarships.  The amount of scholarship is a percentage of the course revenue, a tithe to the community whom we serve in offering the program

How is a Mandali Travels Scholarship determined?

Mandali Travels Scholarships are handled through an informal process that begins with your personal discussion with our compassionate Host.  Awards are based on financial need as well as availability of scholarship funds, and equitable distribution among those in need.  No full scholarships are available; you must pay a portion of your program tuition. 

If I receive a Mandali Travels Scholarship, may I also pay with a payment plan?

No payment plans are available for Mandali Travels Scholarships.  You may wish to charge your tuition and fees on your credit card and pay it off over time that way.

Where does Mandali Travels Scholarship money come from?

We fund these scholarships in-house.  Mandali Travels Scholarships for a course are based on that specific program’s revenue.  We budget 10% of the course revenue for scholarships.

Who makes Mandali Travels Scholarship awards?

Because our Host usually knows the applicants, she is in the best position to determine the awards, but she consults with the Ashram if she needs assistance or guidance.  You are advised of your award (if you receive one) 2-3 weeks before the program begins

Are Mandali Travels Scholarships transferrable?

No.  Mandali Travels Scholarships for one program cannot be transferred to another program. This is because scholarships are calculated based on a percentage of the specific program’s revenue.

How do I apply for a Mandali Travels Scholarship?

About a month before the program, ask your Host for an opportunity for a private and confidential discussion about your needs and your interest in the program.  Last minute requests usually don’t work because the funds may be awarded to others and because many other needs arise in the days preceding the program.

 

OTHER QUESTIONS

Why are there no scholarships for Shaktipat Retreats, Meditation Trainings & Year-Long Programmes?

More than 80% of Swami Nirmalananda’s teaching time is in free programs, in order to make the meditative teachings as widely available as possible.  You have access to an extensive online library of articles and audios as well as free conference phone calls and in-person programs with her.  These free services provide much more than a 10% tithe – they are an 80% tithe!

Immersion programs with Swami Nirmalananda provide essential funding to support our free programs as well as our whole organization.  In addition, Swamiji wants to assure that the karmic balance for a seeker is respected; thus these programs are tuition-based without scholarships. 

Can we set up a trade for my services?

No.  Our Code of Ethics forbids doing trades.  Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram is delighted to support you with our many free programs as well as our generous scholarship programs.  You need do nothing to pay it back.

In addition, if you would like to support Svaroopa® Vidya Ashram through your professional skills, your time and energy, we have a vibrant seva program that supports our ability to offer so many free services as well as tuition-based programs.  We appreciate your interest and would love to get you started doing seva.  Email Turn on Javascript!