Tuition Update

The tuition cost per class will increase from $95 to $120 for the fall semester.

We’d like to take a minute here to answer some questions that we anticipate you may have:

  1. $120? Are you crazy? What in the world would make you do such a thing?
    We haven’t had enough volunteers for several years now. We need more in order to maintain the quality of our classes and our sanity.
  1. How are people supposed to afford this?
    The tuition for volunteers will remain about the same as last year ($87.60 per class). In fact, since we’ve also increased the volunteer scholarships amount, some families will pay less in the fall than they previously have. (More details can be found below.)
  1. Couldn’t you just have asked nicely for more volunteers?
    Please check your emails for the past four years.
  1. Couldn’t you have made it a less dramatic increase?
    We tried that four years ago; it didn’t make bit of difference.
  1. What about the people who can’t afford these prices, like the homeless homeschoolers or those living in slums of Bangladesh
    We always want to help those who are truly unable to volunteer, such as those families who are the primary caregiver of an invalid parent or those families with 2 or more children under the age of 5 (who are not taking classes) . Just contact us; we can usually work    something out.
  1. Am I going to be stuck there all day?
    As always, you are free to decide how many and which hours that you will volunteer.
  1. Are you sure you want to do this?
    No. But after years of discussion and nearly three weeks of intense conversation, discernment, and consultation, we have come reluctantly to believe that this is our best option. Please pray for us.

Details about the New Tuition Plan and the Volunteer Discount

The volunteer tuition discount is now 27% ($87.60 per class). As always, only one person in a family has to volunteer for one hour in order for all family members to qualify for this discount for all classes. In addition, families will receive a scholarship (i.e., a credit) of $45 deducted from their invoice. If someone signs up for set-up or clean-up, they will receive a $60 credit instead of $45.

NOTE: Unlike the tuition discount, which will be awarded by merely offering to volunteer (whether we can use you or not), the scholarships are only awarded for actually completing jobs assigned.

In addition, volunteer scholarships have been increased for those who volunteer 2 or more hours. (This could be one person working all hours or multiple people working.) In these situations, families will receive $50 per volunteer assignment (unless it’s for clean-up or set-up, which will result in a $60 discount).

Perhaps a chart with some examples from some fictional families will help.

These three families are all taking 4 classes but volunteering a different number of hours. (The Reys are just there for some extra knowledge.)

NOTE: Unlike the tuition discount, which will be awarded by merely offering to volunteer (whether we can use you or not), the scholarships are only awarded for actually completing jobs assigned.

Need to know more about volunteering? Click here.

It has always been our plan that some families would opt to pay more and not volunteer and others would volunteer and receive a discount. We’d like to be able to serve all sorts of families in different situations. We’re finding that we need to tweak the numbers a little to make that balance work out and keep the Learning Center functioning at its best for all of us. Thank you for understanding!