The Mount St. Helens Institute believes that all youth should be able to benefit from learning at Mount St. Helens regardless of their ability to pay. Due to the generous support of donors and sponsors, financial assistance may be available to families that meet our requirements.
Eligibility is determined based on the federal poverty level, median state (Washington and Oregon) income and USDA child nutrition income guidelines. Income includes salaries, wages, alimony, child support, social security, disability, public assistance, etc. Mount St. Helens Institute will also consider extenuating family circumstances. Priority may be given to families residing in neighboring communities in Cowlitz, Lewis, Skamania and Clark Counties
MSHI's Financial Assistance Matrix was created using poverty and median income rates to determine a flat rate of change by percent assistance and family size.