Well Trained Mind Academy Tuition & Fees

 

COVID has caused unprecedented uncertainty for those making plans for fall classes, causing many families to temporarily register for our courses as a backup or option of last resort. As a result, we must temporarily modify our generous refund policy. New families with accounts created after May 1 will be allowed to drop fall and full-year classes by July 31 for a full tuition and technology fee refund (our normal refund policy). However, after August 1, the 20% tuition down payment and technology fee for fall and full-year classes will not be refundable.

 

Tuition


Fees


Tuition

$260

Clubs

$360

One-Semester Courses

$635-$735

Full-Year Courses

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

Paying with Charter School funds? Click here for more information.

Fees


Student Registration Fee



$60

per student

  • Non-refundable, Charged Once per Academic Year
  • This fee covers administrative costs related to student enrollment and retention.

Technology Fee



$40

per student

  • Refundable, Charged Once per Academic Year
  • This fee covers server costs and classroom access licensing through Blackboard. The technology fee will be refunded in full if a student withdraws from all courses at the Academy.

Our primary goal is the successful education of our students; we want to make sure that all students are working at the appropriate level. As such, no fee will be charged for changes from one section to another in the same course, nor will a fee be charged for changes from one course to another.

What Tuition at WTMA Provides


While you can find cheaper 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. Individual online class providers often have no similar backup system in place.

Our Dean, Julia Collier, holds a PhD and is an experienced college instructor. 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 Headmaster 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 registration staff 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 Headmaster 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.

Payment Plans


We offer several options for tuition payment.


01

Pay in full


02

Full-year Courses (Monthly)


  • 20% due at checkout + 8 additional
    (10% each, Sep – Apr)
  • Midyear Registration: 20% at checkout + 4 additional
    (20% each, Jan-Apr)

03

One-semester Courses (Monthly)


  • Summer: 20% due at checkout + 4 additional
    (20% each, May-Aug)
  • Fall: 20% due at checkout + 4 additional
    (20% each, Sep-Dec)
  • Spring: 20% due at checkout + 4 additional
    (20% each, Jan-Apr)

Tuition plan payments will be automatically drafted on or shortly after the 5th day of the month.

Refund Policy


Our refund policy is very simple and aims to benefit our students and families.

 

COVID has caused unprecedented uncertainty for those making plans for fall classes, causing many families to temporarily register for our courses as a backup or option of last resort. As a result, we must temporarily modify our generous refund policy. New families with accounts created after May 1 will be allowed to drop fall and full-year classes by July 31 for a full tuition and technology fee refund (our normal refund policy). However, after August 1, the 20% tuition down payment and technology fee for fall and full-year classes will not be refundable.

 



Tuition Paid Upfront


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

  • June 30th (summer courses)
  • September 15th (fall and full-year courses)
  • February 15th (spring courses and full-year transfers only)

No refund will be given if you withdraw your student from a course after the dates listed above.



Payment Plan & Charter School Purchase Order Refunds


We will cancel and refund all payments made if you withdraw your student before:

  • June 30th (summer courses)
  • September 15th (fall and full-year courses)
  • February 15th (spring courses and full-year transfers only)

You are responsible for any unpaid installments or canceled purchase orders. We will continue to charge, and you agree that we may charge, your credit card until 100% of the tuition has been paid if you withdraw your student after the dates listed above.


See our Terms & Conditions for full 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 to the student.

Waitlist Policy


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