So, when you get your Disney acceptance email, they tell you need to pay the program fees within 14 days of receiving the email. You pay these through Disney’s system called DROMS.
Initially it wouldn’t let me pay my fees and I think a few people were having the same problem. But instead of trying to pay on my laptop, I used our family computer instead and that took the payment perfectly fine!
The fee was $354.50 (£288) and that covers you for the first two weeks rent, program assessment fee and any housing activities that Disney put on throughout the program.
You also have to make sure that you have a copy of your passport and proof of student status form uploaded to DOC, which I had already done before the final interview.
You also get an email from Yummy Jobs asking you to pay for a DBS Background Check which costs £80 and this had to be paid before the end of the year. Once I paid this, I then received my criminal background check form in the post which I filled out and then sent back to Yummy Jobs who will then pass it on to the relevant people.
So there’s quite a lot of fees to pay so here’s a list:
- Program Acceptance Fee: $354.50 (£288)
- DBS Background Check: £80
- Embassy Appointment Fee: $160 (£130)
- SEVIS Fee (to do with your Visa): $35 (£28.50)
- Medical Insurance: $300-$400 (£246-£328) depending on which plan you choose.
– You have to get insurance through who Disney state in their email and there’s a certain level of cover you must have that is for the duration from when you arrive in the U.S. and the 30 days after. (The J-1 Visa allows you to stay in the U.S. for 30 days after your program end date).
- Flights: Mine cost £500 but it can vary depending on dates, airline, destinations. (I will do a separate post on flights)
Just on a side note, we were told that we would earn $10 an hour and that our rent would cost between $99 – $126 per week.