Well-Trained Mind Academy Tuition & Fees

What Tuition at WTMA Provides

At the Well-Trained Mind Academy, your tuition goes beyond just paying for classes—it guarantees consistent, high-quality instruction and unwavering support for your student’s educational journey.

  • Live, interactive instruction from experienced educators
  • Individualized grading and feedback
  • Ongoing administrative support
  • Access to a vibrant and diverse school community
  • And more! Click here for details.





One-Semester Courses


Full-Year Courses

Tuition for individual courses is listed in our Public Course Catalog.


Registration Fee


per student

  • For families paying with a credit card.
  • Non-refundable, non-transferable, once per student per academic year.
  • Covers administrative and systems costs related to student enrollment and credit card processing fees.

Registration Fee
Third-Party & Charter School Funds


per student

  • For families paying with third-party or charter school funds.
  • Non-refundable, non-transferable, once per student per academic year.
  • Covers administrative and systems costs related to student enrollment and processing for third-party payments.

Tuition for individual courses is listed in our Public Course Catalog.

Payment Options

We offer several options for tuition payment.

1) Pay in full


  • Full Year: 50% Due at Checkout, Remaining 50% Charged December 5th

3) Pay Monthly

20% Due at checkout
  • Full Year: 10 installments (August through May)
  • Summer: 2 installments (June & July)
  • Fall: 5 installments (August through December)
  • Spring: 5 installments (January through May)

  • Tuition plan payments will be automatically drafted on or shortly after the 5th day of the month.
  • Please monitor your email for communications regarding failed payments.

Click Here if Paying with Third-Party or Charter School Funds

Waitlist Policy

A down payment is required to hold a student’s position on a course waitlist.

Refund Policy

We will refund any tuition paid for a course if you withdraw your student before:

  • June 15th (summer courses)
  • September 5th (fall and full-year courses)
  • February 5th (spring courses and mid-year transfers only)
Payments from a dropped course will be applied to open payment plans unless otherwise specified.
Refunds are processed as quickly as possible but may take up to 30 days to be issued.
Courses dropped after the conclusion of the grace period will be charged in full. See Terms & Conditions for details.

Please note: The Well-Trained Mind Academy retains the right to cancel sections which do not meet minimum enrollment. If sections are canceled, all tuition for the affected sections will be refunded.

What Tuition at WTMA Provides


While you can find less expensive classes for your student online, your tuition payment to the Academy funds two very important things: live, interactive instruction from a qualified teacher who provides individualized grading and feedback; and ongoing administrative support.

Administrative support may not sound exciting, but it is invaluable for your student’s learning experience! If your child’s teacher becomes ill, has a family emergency, or suffers from some other unexpected emergency that will take them out of the classroom for a prolonged period—something that happens, in life!—the Academy will provide another trained instructor (often, one who is already teaching another section of the same class) so that the class can continue without disruption.


Our Dean, Julia Collier, holds a PhD and is an experienced college instructor. Along with the team of Academy Department Chairs, she regularly visits each class and reviews teaching procedures and grading in order to make sure that the Academy classes are all held to the same high standards.

Our Director of Operations Steve Otto works with families, students, and teachers to resolve financial and technical issues, assists families with emergency situations, and provides for the overall financial health of the Academy to ensure WTMA can continue to provide reliable courses and services.


Our Billing Department spends considerable time processing monthly payments and refunds. This allows the Academy to offer you one of the most generous refund policies of any online class provider, as well as flexible no-fee payment plans that put Academy tuition within the reach of more families. Both the Dean and Director of Operations work closely with the registration and support staff; don’t be surprised if either one responds to you directly!

In short, the Academy does not simply offer classes; the Academy is an institution that, in exchange for your tuition payment, guarantees your student uninterrupted, consistent, high-quality instruction.

Referral Program

Our Referral Program awards active WTMA families with an account credit for each new student they refer.