Welcome to our website. I am excited that you want to learn more about Dublin School. Throughout these pages you will find information about all we have to offer…a full range of engaging course offerings, a breadth of clubs, athletics and weekend activities. We believe that access and opportunity leads to discovery. And as it will soon become evident, at Dublin you CAN do it all!
The best way to really get a sense of our school is to visit. We want you to see the real connections our gifted faculty make with students. We want you to experience a student body that is truly committed to passion, knowledge and fun! We ALL love being part of Dublin and it shows. Have fun perusing our website and at anytime click on our “Plan and Schedule a Visit to Dublin” button and set up a time to witness Dublin in action!
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What is the best time of year to visit Dublin School?
You are welcome to make a visit to campus any time of year, but certainly the best time is when classes are in session so that you can experience a typical day with students and faculty engaged in a full day of study.
Is an interview required?
Yes, we prefer to meet and interview you personally on campus. If that is not possible, we will be happy to schedule a phone or Skype interview.
Does Dublin accept The Common Application?
Although we prefer our own online application (as we get to know you better), we also accept The Common Application, The Standard Application Online and The Gateway Application. More information is available here.
How much time is typically spent on a campus visit?
We typically allow almost three hours for a visit to Dublin School. The entire family is given a tour of campus from one of our student ambassadors. After the tour, the prospective student may attend a class to see teaching and learning in action. An interview follows, first with student and then with parents. If schedules permit and if you can arrive for the first appointment of the day, we also offer the opportunity to attend our all-school Morning Meeting at 8AM.
Does Dublin School provide financial aid for students?
Yes. Approximately 30% of our students receive financial aid. As a matter of policy, a minimum of 21% of our operating budget is dedicated to financial aid.
Financial Aid Forms are available on the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) website. Forms for upcoming school years usually are available in early-mid November. The deadline for submitting financial aid paperwork is January 31st, and we ask you to call the school to make sure that we have received everything we need relating to financial aid.
Do you require the SSAT or other standardized tests?
Yes. We require SSAT, and for an English Proficiency Test for speakers of English as a Second Language. Please see the SSAT website for test dates and locations each year.
When is the deadline for Admissions application?
Our formal deadline for application materials is January 31st. While not a requirement, we highly recommend students visit campus for tour and interview before January 31st. In February, the Admission Committee reviews files for acceptance. We notify families of decisions (including Financial Aid information) on March 10th.
We have a “Revisit Day” for accepted candidates some time in early April, and we ask for family decision by April 10th.
After March 10th, candidates are accepted on a rolling admissions basis, to the extent that places are available.
Do you admit students at mid-year?
Occasionally we have room for students after the formal admissions deadline, so please feel free to call us and ask about space availability. Unfortunately, financial aid is generally not available after the formal admissions period.
When you arrive on campus you should proceed to the red “ School House” on the quad.
This is where the admissions and alumni office is. We will be awaiting your arrival!
A visit to Dublin can consist of many parts. One of our wonderful student ambassadors will give you a tour around campus. Both visiting student and parent /guardian will be given separate interviews by an admissions staff member where we will both get to know more about each other. If you can start your day with us we would love for you to join us for our daily morning meeting, or for lunch if you are coming in the afternoon. If the schedule allows we would welcome the visiting student to sit in on a class.
Your visit should take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours. We want you to leave Dublin with a real understanding of what Dublin School has to offer you.
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Approximate mileage and driving times to Dublin:
From Manchester, NH; 44 miles, 1 hour
From Boston, MA, Logan International Airport; 90 miles, 2 hours
From Bradley International Airport; 108 miles, 2 hours
From Hartford, CT; 116 miles, 2 hours
Route 93N or 128S to Route 3 North. Cross into New Hampshire and take exit 8 which marks the Monadnock Region and Route 101A. Continue on 101A to Route 101 West towards Keene and Peterborough. Pass through Peterborough and another 8 miles to Dublin, then take your first right after Yankee Magazine onto Dublin Road. The School is the third driveway on your left.*
From Connecticut and Western Massachusetts:
Route 91 to Exit 28A, marked Northfield/Bernardston and Route 10 North to Keene. In Keene, turn right on Route 101 East and continue 13 miles to Dublin. Take a left after the Dublin School sign onto Dublin Road and follow signs to the Admission Office.*
* The Admission Office is located in the red School House in the center of campus.
Traveling to Dublin by air is best accomplished by flying to Manchester (NH), Logan International (Boston, MA), or Bradley International (Hartford, CT), and then renting a car.
Local Places to Stay
The Fairfield Inn
A member of the Historic Hotels Association
The Courtyard by Marriott
Located in beautiful downtown Keene
Holiday Inn Express 603-352-7616
Newly renovated in 2013
Best Western Sovereign Hotel - Winchester Street (Rt. 9 & Rt. 10), 603-357-3038
Carriage Barn - 358 Main Street, 603-357-3812, Non-smoking, country inn.
Days Inn Keene -3 Ashbrook Road, Route 9, Keene NH, 603-352-9780, Free Wireless Internet, Safe and Microwave and Refrigerator in all rooms. Fitness Room, Free Deluxe Continental Breakfast.
The Hancock Inn - 33 Main Street, 603-525-3318, Historic village setting, full hot breakfast.
Jack Daniels Motor Inn - 80 Concord Street (Rt. 202), 603-924-7548,
Little River Bed & Breakfast - 184 Union Street, 603-924-3280, Updated 1870s house on the Nubanusit River in Peterborough. Private baths, wifi & gourmet breakfasts. Close to Dublin. No Smoking
The Harrisville Inn - 797 Chesham Road,603- 827-3163 - a family run Bed and Breakfast set in the beautiful countryside if the Monadnock Region of New England.
Woodbound Inn - 247 Woodbound Road, 603-532-8341, Located in Rindge, New Hampshire, on the shores of Lake Contoocook in the heart of the Monadnock region, the Woodbound Inn is a full-service, four-season resort offering outdoor recreation and fine dining
The Benjamin Prescott Inn- Route 124, 603-532-6637, Quaint B&B, full, hot breakfast.
The Currier's House - 5 Harkness Road, 603-532-7670,
The Monadnock Inn– Jaffrey Center, 603-532-7800, Charming historic village setting
applying to Dublin...
To complete an application we ask you to:
- fill out an application form, including essay, and submit it along with a $60 application fee (international students are subject to a $100 application fee);
- request confidential references from your current English and math teachers and another person who knows you well and can give us insights into your character;
- arrange for your current school to send us official transcripts;
- have your parents submit their essay;
- we require SSAT, and for an English Proficiency Test for speakers of English as a Second Language. Please see the SSAT website for test dates and locations each year. It is important to forward the results of testing and,
- An on campus visit.
November 1 - Financial Aid Forms available on NAIS website. (School code: 2890)
January 31 - Financial Aid Deadline. (please make sure we have your forms from NAIS)
January 31 - Application and Interview Deadline for following school year.*
March 10 - Acceptance letters and financial aid awards are mailed to students.
Early April - Revisit Day for accepted candidates. Exact date announced with acceptance letter.
April 10 - Let us know if you are coming to Dublin next year!
*We occasionally have space for students after the January 31 deadline, however applicants applying before January 31 are given priority consideration. After March 10th, candidates are accepted on a rolling admissions basis, to the extent that places are available.
There are a number of options for applying to Dublin School. You can apply online or through a physical application. We have found that an online application is often the most convenient for applicants and therefore recommend its use.
The Student and Parent Application should be completed by the student and their family.
Character, English and Math References should be given to those teachers or others who have a good understanding of you as a student and person. If submitting a physical application, please also provide them with a stamped, pre-addressed envelope so that they complete the reference on a timely basis.
Some schools require an authorization in order to provide us with the documentation necessary to evaluate your application. If your current (or past) school requires such an authorization, please download this form (see item 6 under Physical Applications below), sign it and provide it to your school so that they will release your records.
To Apply Online.
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who we are...
Some schools are supportive. Others are intense. Being both is hard. We work diligently at this difficult balance in order to bring out the best in our students and ourselves.
Our success as educators is based on a foundation of values that are well established and drive the success of the individual student and the overall school. While it might be possible to define these values separately, they are not fully distinct from each other. Rather they are linked, mutually reinforcing and collectively result in greater success.
- Rigorous College Preparation
- Respect for Individual Learning Styles
- The Need for the Student to Invest in Himself/Herself
- The Value of Being a Leader
- Thinking Outside the "Box"
- Discovering a Student's Potential in All Areas of Life
- Communal Spirit
- Positive Peer Culture
- Making a Positive Contribution to School and Community
- Meaningful Work
- Taking Personal Responsibility
- Living in Balance
- Personal Risk Taking
At Dublin School we strive to awaken a curiosity for knowledge and a passion for learning. We instill the values of discipline and meaningful work that are necessary for the good of self and community. We respect the individual learning style and the potential each student brings to our School. With our guidance, Dublin students become men and women who seek truth and act with courage.
Our school size is ideal in promoting the engagement and growth of the individual student. No one falls through the cracks. They can't. Dublin students are engaged and busy. They are encouraged to try new things. We need kids who are willing to participate in lots of different things - academic adventure, athletics, the arts, outdoor activities, and work gang.
The high-school years can often be hard for kids. Trying to discover who a person is and confronting the demands of our culture can be confusing. Unfortunately, too many kids in other schools feel the need to hide who they are. Dublin's scale and culture allows students to rediscover their inner voice.
Some of our finest students, athletes, artists and actors have never programmed a computer, waxed a ski, handled a paint brush or mounted a stage prior to coming to Dublin. In a different school, they might never get a chance to try, be paralyzed by the possibility of failure or be discouraged by social pressure -- at Dublin they are pushed, encouraged and supported in trying.
The world that teenagers face is increasingly filled with complexity - differing and competing cultures, ideas and values challenge how we value and see the world. Dublin is intentional in creating an ideal balance of students from differing backgrounds and nations. We want students to learn from the diversity of their and their friends' experiences.
This leads directly to enhanced respect for all persons and the ability to work and socialize with others. Our environment welcomes a diversity of interests and perspectives and prepares students for an increasingly complex world.
We pride ourselves in unsurpassed support dedicated to the educational growth and personal development of our students. On our campus, everyone is an educator - whether their "job" is in the classroom, on the athletic fields or in the kitchen. If you look carefully, you will see students exploring bee keeping, building skis, fishing or playing pond hockey with a member of our faculty, a trustee of the school or a member of our buildings and grounds staff.
Hard work, Joy earned.
Among our oldest traditions, work gang goes back to Dublin’s earliest years, when students, teachers, and staff worked together to build their school. Today’s work gangs continue the tradition of tackling substantial projects and discovering that teamwork makes it possible to “get it done.” Work gang teams carve out new trails on Dublin’s campus, grow food, and cut firewood, deliver and stack it for needy families in Dublin’s community. Work gang is one of Dublin’s most enduring and beloved “classrooms”— providing lessons about life and the world we live in.
Dublin's location is ideal. In the center of the Monadnock highlands (though close to Boston and NY), we are surrounded by mountains, clean lakes, dirt roads and wildlife. Though rural, Dublin long has been a center for intellectual life. For over 100 years, writers and artists have made Dublin a summer or permanent home. Mark Twain and Henry James wrote here. Abbot Thayer invented camouflage here. Amelia Earhart landed her plane on Dublin Lake. The first public library in the United States was located at the bottom of our driveway. Yankee Magazine is our closest neighbor.
Students attending Dublin come from all areas of the globe and all economic and educational levels. The strategy of having a diverse student population contributes to the enhancement of social growth of our students. In a school of 150, diversity of viewpoint and background can't be avoided -- rather we find that our differences are explored and celebrated.
The ideal student has a willingness to engage himself/herself in all aspects of school life by embracing the values instilled by the school.
Over the years, we have discovered that a balance of student backgrounds, needs and capabilities has led to a school community that can flourish and increase the educational outcomes of the student body both individually and as a whole. Therefore, Dublin seeks to have a balance of students roughly in the following profiles:
Domestic Boarding Students
Students seeking a strong academic education coupled with extracurricular activities centered on physical, mental and social development. A unique combination of support and intensity drives our student to accomplish more than they believe possible. The Dublin environment and outdoors ethic is a powerful combination in promoting individual growth and preparation for college and beyond.
Local Day Students
Local day students come to Dublin for a variety of reasons including higher academic standards, greater opportunities for extracurricular involvement and the opportunity to interact with a broader range of people than exist in the surrounding area. They benefit the school through their knowledge of the Monadnock region and life in NH -- and often, an invitation to a boarding student for a home cooked meal! In fact, most of our day students view themselves as boarding students who sleep at home.
Students from Disadvantaged Backgrounds
Students with strong academic and growth potential who do not have the financial means to pay the costs of a Dublin education. These students enhance the diversity of the student experience as they often come from an urban environment, from ethnically diverse families or from first generation immigrant families with strong ethnic identities.
The other day at lunch I looked around and noticed that none of the tables had just one type of student sitting together—people of the same ethnicity or personality. People at Dublin are really accepting of the fact that we’re all different. It’s like a big family. I know that sounds cheesy, but it’s true here.
Learning Skills Students
Students with academic and personal growth potential who are in need of additional skill development support. Most learning skill students only need such support for a limited period of time.
Students desiring a strong educational environment coupled with a full American school experience. For many of these students, Dublin allows them to further develop their English proficiency, thus ensuring success in the American university system. Our international students come from a broad range of countries -- in recent years we have had students from Bermuda, Chile, China, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, South Sudan, Turkey and Russia.
At Dublin, everyone interacting with the students —from the classroom to the dining hall— has a commitment to connecting. Dublin is full of 'real people', and it helped my daughter to flourish in the real world. Wouldn't it be wonderful if every school created an environment where kids felt empowered to make the most of the opportunities they have, and felt safe, unconditionally, to be an individual? Dublin is a formula that works.
Annie Webster, Parent of Mariah
Who is my child’s advisor and how does the advisor system work?
Every student at Dublin is assigned an advisor at the beginning of the year. The advisee group usually consists of three or four additional students and one faculty member (or advisor) who meets regularly throughout the academic year to touch base on matters of school, friends, and dorm life. Connection with one’s advisor is a vital part of the Dublin School experience. Many Dublin School advisors go beyond providing academic guidance for their advisees, providing a healthy, nurturing, and lasting relationship with students as adult role model and friend.
Do you offer AP classes?
Based on the academic interests and needs of our students, we provide a wide offering of AP courses. Recent examples include AP Calculus, AP Art which is a two-year sequence as part of portfolio program, AP US History, AP Computer Programming, AP English, AP Environmental Science, AP Chemistry and AP Physics. In addition to courses that are designed specifically as AP offerings, many of our upper level elective courses offer sufficient rigor that students successfully complete AP exams after completion.
Are there opportunities for independent study?
Yes, our teachers are always willing to accommodate student interest and provide opportunity for deeper exploration of a subject. Some of the independent study courses in progress this year, for example, are Advanced Topics in Mathematics, Creative Writing, Children’s Literature, Korean Language, Writing Chinese, Music Technology and several in instrument study or visual arts. We are constantly creating new courses of independent study, and have an unparalleled array of electives.
What is a typical homework load?
Students are required to take five classes a semester, and many take a six course load. Students routinely study during daytime free blocks and with their dorm between the hours of 7:30 to 9:30PM as part of an assigned study hall time. Those students high academic standards are allowed to study outside of the assigned study hall location. Our graduates report that they are completely prepared for rigorous pace of college, because of work ethic that has been instilled while studying here.
Do you offer learning support for students?
Yes, the Griffin Learning Center accommodates and provides additIonal support for students who may desire (or require) additional one on one instruction with a learning specialist. It is designed to support the greater Dublin School curriculum, and its main objective is for the student to transition out of the program and become a self-advocate in the classroom.
Are there classes on Saturday?
While there are no formal classes on Saturday morning, students and faculty both participate in our Work Gang Program on certain weekends. It has been a proud tradition since Dublin School’s earliest days, which embodies the founders’ belief in the importance of shared responsibility and work projects.
Will all my credits transfer to your school if I am coming as a Junior or Senior?
Most credits are easily transferred to Dublin School. It is worth noting that we do have a high standard for graduation requirements, and our Academic Dean must see and approve transcript before any decision is made. We are more than willing to investigate courses from other schools to see how they would have fit into our traditional college prep curriculum.
Is there a school dress code?
Yes, Dublin has a dress and grooming code designed to promote an appropriate and focused learning environment during the academic day. Less formal “dress down days” are offered at the Head of School’s discretion, during which students may wear any appropriate clothing that is clean and in good repair.
Dublin School requires academic dress for all academic and administrative obligations. Formal dress (including suits or sport coats with tie, dresses, skirts, or nicer-than-academic dress) will be expected at special events throughout the year such as convocation, award ceremonies, and community dinners.
Academic Dress is defined as:
- Collared dress shirt, polo shirt, or blouse. Polo shirts or blouses may be left untucked. All other button down shirts must be tucked in.
- Skirt or dresses with hemlines no more than 2 inches above the knee.
- Ethnic/Religious Attire
- Slacks or pants with a belt or suspenders.
- Shorts may be worn in May.
- All types of footwear in good repair are acceptable.
- All hemlines must be no more than 2 inches above the knee.
- All clothing must be clean and in good repair (not torn, frayed or cut
- No jeans.
- Dublin School students and faculty are expected to remove their hats when they enter any academic buildings, as well as the dining hall except for religious reasons.
- No athletic wear (i.e. leggings worn as pants, mesh shorts, sweatshirts, T-shirts), strapless tops or tops with straps less than two inches wide, or apparel that reveals the midriff, buttocks or chest.
What are the dorms like?
There are seven different dorms on campus, each with its own personality and style. Some are traditional ‘hallway’ style dorms and others, are more like family homes renovated to fit needs of campus housing. Each dorm is assigned at least three dorm parents who share the responsibility of maintaining a dorm environment that is well ordered, positive, and safe for its residents.
What are the weekends like?
Activities vary from weekend to weekend, and we encourage students to participate in the planning of group activities as much as to partake of the fun. There are always a few bus trips to Keene to go to movies or to pick up supplies for dorm. In addition, each week the dorm parents on duty in conjunction with students, suggest seasonal excursions, sporting and cultural activities, as well as home-grown fun right on campus, like all-school indoor soccer games, movies in recital hall or on the quad, hiking, nerf gun wars, puzzles, dances and more.
Are students typically from one geographic area?
No, Dublin School attracts students from around the world and from throughout the United States. At the present time, our student population represents 10 different countries and 20 different states.
How can parents get involved in school? Is there a parent association?
We invite all parents to be actively engaged members of our Parent Association when their child begins at Dublin School. The association aims to keep parents in the loop on all activities at the school, and especially keeps lines of communication open between administration, faculty, and families. There is one formal Family Weekend in the Fall where parents traditionally meet for teacher conferences. In addition, there are more informal opportunities in Winter and Spring seasons for parents to attend special weekend activities like Winterfest and Mayfair Weekend.
What is typical day like?
Every day, the entire school begins its day in the recital hall for Morning Meeting from 8AM to 8:30AM. There are six blocks each day with three classes in the morning and three classes in the afternoon. (On Wednesdays, the academic day is shortened to three longer morning classes to allow our sports teams to compete in the afternoon.) After the academic day, students go to their afternoon commitment to fulfill the sports requirement. Dinner goes from 5:30 to 6:30. Mandatory Study Hall is from 7:30 to 9:30 PM. Lights out in the dorm is 10:30PM for Freshmen, and 11PM for Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors.
international students at Dublin...
The Dublin Difference
International students have always been an important part of the Dublin School community. When you step onto the Dublin School campus, it’s very clear that our international students are involved in enriching our community in powerful and unique ways. Every year, we have about 20% of our student body represented from 12 to 15 different countries around the world. Unlike many schools, we maintain a balance between international and domestic students and focus on the composition of our international students' backgrounds — all designed to guarantee a full American school experience. Dublin international students are encouraged to try new things and fully participate in everything that Dublin offers.
International students who come to Dublin School are motivated to gain proficiency in English language, explore and gain knowledge in academic subjects in interactive classrooms, make friends from around the world, understand and immerse themselves in new culture and build a solid academic foundation for their academic future. Their achievement is well portrayed by their college matriculation list.
ESL Program at Dublin School/Placement
All international students whose first language is not English will be placed in English as a Second Language(ESL) course. Upon their arrival on campus, they will be tested, placed or exempt from ESL courses at Dublin. Our ESL curriculum is grade-level based for 9th and 10th grade where the ESL courses compliment and support the English curriculum. After each year, all international students are re-evaluated for the following year to ensure that an appropriate level of support is received.
International Program for all International Students
International students who come to Dublin are adventurous, driven, energetic and independent. However, we understand that you are still in high school and in need of a nurturing adult presence and guidance in planning your life. Michelle Knapp, director of International Program and ESL teacher, is the person to help you get integrated into Dublin.
Michelle has been an integral part of the Dublin community for over 15 years, serving as a dorm parent, basketball coach, running our Winterfest activities, leading foreign travel trips, teaching first English and literature and, now, English as a Second Language. Michelle knows every part of Dublin School and is the ideal person to ensure that students get fully acclimated to Dublin life.
Step 1: You want to study in the United States.
Step 2: You found Dublin School online and love it!
Step 3: You want to apply, but have so many questions.
That’s why we made this page just for you. There are many ways for international applicants and their parents to find out about Dublin.
What you need to apply to Dublin School
You’ll need to submit:
- Student application (preferred if submited online)
- Parent application (Also part of the online application)
- English recommendation
- Math teacher recommendation
- Character recommendation (from a non-relative, who knows your well)
- Official school transcript
- Standardized test score (TOEFL or Junior TOEFL)
- If your first language is English, please submit SSAT score instead of TOEFL.
- Interview of the candidate and his/her parents (in person or via skype)
- Any other document to support your application
If you have any questions regarding our required documents, please send an email to Teresa Imhoff, Associate Director of Admissions.
I-20 and visa information
To receive an I-20 from Dublin: When an international student is accepted by Dublin, they will get an acceptance email that has a letter of acceptance along with an enrollment contract. Once the contract is signed and received back by us with the required deposit, the Admissions office will send you an I-20 form. Payment in full of tuition fees can help to ensure a successful visa interview. The original I-20 form must be kept with the student’s passport for the duration of their stay in the United States.
Tuition & Fee Information
- Boarding student tuition for the 2016/2017 school year is $56,940*.
- Day student tuition for the 2016/2017 school year is $33,092*.
- Security deposit for all boarding students is a one-time fee of $150, and is refunded upon graduation.
- A student account which is established to be used for books, supplies and other school expenses. For day students, the student fund is $250.00; for U.S. based boarding students, the student fund is $500, and for international students the fund is $4,000.
*Please note that this is an inclusive fee. Unlike others, we do not charge an additional Technology or other mandatory miscellaneous fees.
- ESL Programs for the 2016/2017 school year are $6,224.
- One-on-One Four Day Learning Skills Program for the 2016/2017 school year is $11,793.
- One-on-One Two Day Learning Skills Program for the 2016/2017 school year is $6,334.
- Evening Assisted Study Program for the 2016/2017 school year is $1,801 per trimester.
Other Potential Estimated Costs
- Books $500
- Laundry service $675 - $860 per year
- Linen and bath towel rental $110 per year
- Bath towel rental $60 per year
- Downhill skiing/snowboarding $550 per year
- Nordic skiing $200
- Suggested spending money $25 per week
Approximately 35% of our students receive financial aid. As a matter of policy, 21% of our operating budget is dedicated to financial aid.
Financial Aid Forms are available on the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) website. Forms for upcoming school years usually are available in early-mid November. Deadline for submitting financial aid paperwork is January 31st, and we usually ask you to call the school to make sure that we have received everything we need relating to financial aid.
Other Financial Resources
Dublin School has several ways to afford education costs. For United States based families, there is a monthly payment plan available through Tuition Management Services and a tuition loan program available through Your Tuition Solutions. Links and information about these programs are listed below.
Tuition Management Services (TMS) - is an affordable, easy to use monthly payment plan. Parents can use this payment option to spread tuition costs over 8 months. No interest is charged for this payment plan, only a small annual application fee.
Your Tuition Solution (YTS) is a company that provides affordable tuition loans for families of children attending independent schools. With Your Tuition Solution, paying for your child’s tuition is convenient and flexible. There is no application or supplemental fee, and no payment due for 4 to 6 weeks. You can use the plan for all or a portion of your tuition costs, and pay the loan off early if you choose — there's no prepayment penalty. You pick the payment plan - 2 years to 6 years. To calculate a loan payment with YTS, click on the link above.