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Tuition, Fees, Payments, and Refunds

As a non-profit school, we charge only what is needed to provide excellent education in a sustainable ethical business. All fees go toward running the school and teaching the classes, with no executive salaries or ownership profits. We do not have inflated fees with gimmicky discounts to coax you into hasty enrollment, and we do not run sales or have sliding prices that coerce you into enrolling prematurely to get lower rates. We want your enrollment process to be an unpressured series of well-informed deliberate decisions and commitments where you carefully consider the benefits and costs and settle all your options before you enroll.

General Considerations

  • You should not enroll until you are settled on the courses you want and prepared to immediately submit any required placement tests. Please do not enroll in any seats as contingencies or where you are still deciding, or where you are not ready to immediately submit the placement materials.
  • You should not pay for a course until your student has an approved (Teacher Placement Approval) Held Seat (not Wait List) in that course.
  • You should never pay anything for a Wait List seat (Wait List seats have no fees).
  • You should pay your annual Family Registration Fee with your first tuition payment for the year.

Fees

These are the fees directly associated with enrolling in TPS courses. As you review them prior to enrollment, please note when the fees are required to be paid and what is not refundable.

Family Registration Fee (Annual). There is an administrative fee each year for each enrolled family, including returning families. This fee of $75 is due with the initial tuition payment for that year and it is non-refundable even if you ultimately decide not to take any TPS classes that year for any reason.

We appreciate the financial challenges of having multiple students in school at the same time, particularly for large families. Therefore, we do not charge individual student enrollment fees.

Tuition. Tuition varies by course, depending on the level of the course and the amount of individual feedback provided by the course. Tuition amounts can be found in the course details in the Course Catalog.

Tuition is charged only on Held (i.e., not Wait List) Seats with placement approval. There is no charge for a Wait List seat (but charges are incurred immediately and unrefundably when the seat is converted to a Held Seat, so you should not join any Wait List unless you are committed to paying for that seat once it becomes available).

Tuition is due incrementally and is non-refundable once it is due:

  • Summer Term class
    • 1/2 due upon enrollment and placement approval
    • 1/2 due May 1 (full tuition total)
  • Full Year Term class
    • 1/3 due upon enrollment and placement approval
    • 1/3 due July 15 (2/3 total)
    • 1/3 due Nov 15 (full tuition total)
  • Fall Term class
    • 1/2 due upon enrollment and placement approval
    • 1/2 due July 15 (full tuition total)
  • Spring Term class
    • 1/2 due upon enrollment and placement approval
    • 1/2 due November 15 (full tuition total)

We offer Tuition Assistance to families in supported full-time ministry or some hardship situations. Please see this information for details.

Books and Materials. For each of our courses, we provide a complete list of required books (by ISBN) and major materials for each course in the Course Catalog to help families consider the total cost of enrollment. These items are listed under Resources and Materials for each course in the catalog.

The tuition listed for each course in the course catalog never includes the cost of the items listed as Resources and Materials for the course. Most of the items listed in a course’s Resources and Materials are the family’s responsibility to obtain outside of TPS. However, for some courses TPS is able to provide required etexts and digital courseware at lower cost with greater convenience than is available to individual families, or provide courseware that is available only to schools. For those courses, there is an additional Resource Fee to pay for the required digital license. The Resources and Materials list identifies these items so you know to expect a fee. However, the fee is not charged until TPS is required to commit the payment to the resource publisher. This is around one month before the start of classes, and once it is charged it is committed to the publisher and not refundable for any reason.

Digital Resources (e.g., eTexts, courseware, handbooks) that are supplied by TPS are charged and not refundable starting:

  • Full Year Term class: July 15
  • Fall Term class: July 15
  • Spring Term class: Nov 15

Refund Processing Fee. Except in limited cases, there is a Refund Processing Fee for all refunds, to cover the cost that banks charge us for your transactions. See our Refund Policy (linked below) for details.

Payments

Our standard payment schedule is designed to minimize your up-front charges, especially for courses that have not yet started. We require that you make each payment individually from your family account. Though this is less convenient for you than automated recurring payments, we send you reminders to help you with your commitment to pay.

Forms of Payment. We prefer payment by eCheck and we also accept payment by credit card. We do not accept paper checks, including paper checks sent by bill pay services. The first payment for a class is due after the teacher has provided Teacher Approval for placement in the course. All payments are made online. We do not process payments by phone, email or postal mail.

Payment Plans. We are sensitive to the challenge of paying in full for multiple classes at one time, so we have a standard incremental payment schedule (see above) for each Academic Term. Families can also arrange a customized payment plan by making a request in writing to [email protected]. We do not charge additional fees or percentages for payment plans. We send email reminders and invoices as a courtesy, but families are responsible for tracking their own payments and paying on time.

Families paying using the standard payment schedule or a customized payment plan must make each payment online when it is due. We do not automatically charge credit cards or eCheck accounts. When making a payment under a plan, the payment is applied to the entire Balance Due, not to particular courses (see Refunds below).

When a family account is underpaid or unpaid, we will make reasonable efforts by email to reach the family to work out payment. If this is not successful, we will regretfully place the account in arrears. This blocks access to all current and past courses and records associated with the account. To restore access, the family must make past due payments and notify TPS. TPS is not responsible for any academic or transcript losses, damages or injuries that may result from temporary or permanent loss of access to classes or records due to failure to make on-time payments.

Drop and Refund Requests

We understand that circumstances change and other opportunities arise, and we want to reasonably accommodate those changes. We encourage families considering withdrawing from a course to notify us prior to deciding, because we have proven successful at helping with alternatives that are in the better interest of the student and that avoid fees, penalties, and restrictions associated with a drop.

Dropping one or more courses has academic, financial, and future enrollment factors to consider. To understand the academic and future enrollment considerations in dropping a course, please review our Audit and Drop Options information.

So that we may provide you accurate calculations in writing, all drop requests must be sent in writing to [email protected]. Drop and refund requests will not be calculated, negotiated, or processed in TPS live support.

Refund details are in our Refund Policy.