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Tuition, Fees, Payments, and Refunds

Choosing courses is an important and sometimes complex decision, academically and financially. We want your enrollment process to be an unpressured series of well-informed deliberate decisions and commitments.

We welcome à la carte enrollments and we also want you to consider that enrollment into our Diploma Plan offers lower fees and added benefits. One of the free benefits of the Diploma Plan is that you are assigned an academic adviser to help with transcript planning and course enrollment. If you are interested in considering this, you should pursue it prior to enrolling to benefit from the start.

Other financial considerations before you enroll:

  • You should not enroll until you are settled on the courses you want and prepared to promptly submit any required placement tests. Please do not enroll in any seats as contingencies or where you are still deciding — please wait to enroll until you are settled in your plans and decisions.
  • You should not pay for a course until your student has an approved (Teacher Placement Approval) held (not Wait List) seat in that course.
  • You should never pay anything for a Wait List seat (Wait List seats have no fees).
  • You should not pay your annual Family Registration Fee until you have at least one approved held seat in a course for that year.
  • There are no student administrative fees, including registration or records-keeping fees.

Fees

As a non-profit organization, we charge only what we need to perform our services. Therefore we don’t offer package deals or gimmicky discounts. We also want families to be fully aware of all costs prior to enrolling.

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.

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. Course tuition does not cover books and materials costs, but for some courses TPS is able to provide required texts and digital courseware at lower cost with greater convenience than is available to individual families or obtain courseware that is available only to schools. For those courses, there is an additional Resource Fee that pays for the required digital license that is provided at the start of the course. Initially the required item is listed in the Resources and Materials without the Resource Fee being charged to the family account, to save the family money in case of a drop. The Resource Fee is added to the total balance and invoiced when we commit the license payment to the resource publisher (therefore it is not refundable after it is added).

Family Enrollment Fee. There is an administrative fee each year for each enrolled family, including returning families. This fee of $60 is due with the initial tuition payment for that year. It does not apply toward tuition and is generally non-refundable once a family holds approved seats for that year. (Note that diploma plan families have this fee waived after the first year.)

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.

Reservation (Drop) Fee. TPS limits class sizes by reserving and holding seats for enrolled approved students, making that seat unavailable to other students, often months in advance of the course starting. The Reservation (Drop) Fee is a suspended fee that is applied only if the course is dropped after enrollment but prior to completing the course and paying the full tuition. It does not apply to Wait List seats (there are no fees for holding a Wait List spot). See Dropped Courses below for details.

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 the 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 payment schedule for each term. Families can also arrange a customized payment plan. 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 and Payment Plans 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.

Dropped Courses

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 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. Procedural details on how a refund is calculated and processed are in our Refund Policy.

Grace Period. We provide a seven-day grace period after enrolling in a course, during which a family may without charge drop that course from their family account page. The purpose of the Grace Period is to allow you to build your preferred TPS schedule for one or more students from open seats supplemented by wait lists, where the number of seats and complexity of the schedule may require you to do some immediate adds and drops to get to your best available TPS schedule.

The purpose of the Grace Period is not to provide an opportunity to temporarily hoard seats pending final decisions or pursuit of other plans. If we determine that the Grace Period is being used in this manner, we may drop all seats without prior notice and place a notification in the account that prompts interaction prior to enrolling from the cart so we can better assist with enrollment planning, timing, and management.

Resource Fee. To save families money in case of a drop, the Resource Fee is not added and invoiced until we commit payment to the resource publisher (we delay this as late as we can while leaving enough time to set up the courses, which cannot be done until students are licensed). Once the Resource Fee has been added to a course, it is not refundable if the course is dropped, even if the student has not used the resource. Furthermore, after a drop the student will not have access to the digital resource because it is integrated with the course. Once a Resource Fee is applied to a course, the fee and access to the digital resource are both forfeited when the course is dropped.

Reservation (Drop) Fee

  • Reservation (Drop) Fees apply only to seats held for more than seven days (the Grace Period) then dropped prior to completion of the course.
  • Reservation (Drop) Fees apply only for courses dropped before the start of the Term. (Non-refundable Tuition applies only for courses dropped after the start of the Term.)
  • Reservation (Drop) Fees do not apply to Wait List seats (there are no fees for holding a Wait List spot).
  • Reservation (Drop) Fees can be avoided.
    • Research the course and resolve questions before you enroll.
    • Resolve schedule and time zone conflicts before you enroll.
    • Switch sections rather than drop. Switching to an open section in the same course is free.
  • Reservation (Drop) Fees may be reduced or waived.
    • Reservation (Drop) Fees may be held on credit. If the student enrolls in the same course the following year, the Drop Fee is returned for full credit.
    • Reservation (Drop) Fees may be reduced or waived at TPS discretion if the student enrolls in another TPS course in the same subject.
    • Reservation (Drop) Fees may be reduced at TPS discretion if the student enrolls in another TPS course in a different subject.
    • Reservation (Drop) Fees will usually be waived at TPS discretion for unexpected change of circumstances (e.g., medical, time zone relocation) that make it impossible for the student to take the course in any section or mode TPS can offer. (Student schedule or preference changes, or other discretionary decisions or priorities, do not meet criteria for a waiver.)
  • Non-refundable Reservation (Drop) Fees are calculated as follows:
    • Summer Term class
      • $25 for drops up to 50 days after enrolling, then
      • $0.50 per day through April 30, then
      • 1/4 Tuition for drops May 1 or later.
    • Full Year Term class
      • $50 (per credit for courses of two or more credits) for drops up to 50 days after enrolling, then
      • $1 per day ($1 per day per credit for courses of two or more HS credits) through July 14, then
      • 1/4 Tuition for drops July 15 or later.
    • Fall Term class
      • $25 for drops up to 50 days after enrolling, then
      • $0.50 per day through July 14, then
      • 1/4 Tuition for drops July 15 or later.
    • Spring Term class
      • $25 for drops up to 100 days after enrolling, then
      • $0.25 per day through Nov 14, then
      • 1/4 Tuition for drops Nov 15 or later.

Tuition. Non-refundable Tuition applies only for courses dropped after the start of the Term. (Reservation (Drop) Fees apply only for courses dropped before the start of the Term.) For courses started then dropped prior to completion, non-refundable Tuition is calculated as follows:

  • Summer Term class
    • 1/4 Tuition for drops before 7 days after the start of the Term, then
    • Full Tuition for drops 7 days or later after the start of the Term.
  • Full Year Term class
    • 1/3 Tuition for drops before Oct 1, then
    • 2/3 Tuition for drops Oct 1 or later, then
    • Full Tuition for drops Nov 15 or later.
  • Fall Term class
    • 1/3 Tuition for drops before 21 days or later after the start of the Term, then
    • Full Tuition for drops 21 days or later after the start of the Term.
  • Spring Term class
    • 1/3 Tuition for drops before 21 days or later after the start of the Term, then
    • Full Tuition for drops 21 days or later after the start of the Term.

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

Refunds

Please see the Refund Policy for details on overpayments, credits and refunds.