Scholars Online Tuition and Fees
The costs of participating in the Scholars Online community are covered by three kinds of fees, depending on the community resources a member actually uses. Membership and registration fees are determined annually by the Directors and set at amounts that cover the actual costs for server, website and chat hosting, and billing expenses incurred by Scholars Online, as well as some remuneration for the labor involved in maintaining the site and databases. Tuition for each course is always set by the teacher.
All members, including students, parents, and teachers, pay annual membership dues. Membership includes
Alumni in particular are encouraged to continue to participate in the community and share their educational experiences and life events with their fellow students and teachers, so membership fees are waived for alumni for the first four years after graduation.
Every minor member must have at least one member parent or guardian member who will take responsibility for legal and financial arrangements, as minors cannot enter into legal contracts. Students over the age of eighteen may be members in their own right without parental involvement.
Active students pay a single registration fee each year, which covers costs associated with course delivery, including
Registration fees for new students attending summer courses will secure registration status for the following academic year.
The cost for actual course instruction is set by each independent teacher contractor, and may vary from course to course or from year to year, at the teacher's discretion. Please check tuition for each course on the course description (listed just below chat session times), on the full class list, and on the individual student enrollment pages available from your Account Management Center.
All membership, registration, and full tuition fees must be paid before students will be admitted to chat sessions.
The following invoice is typical for a new student enrolling in two courses under the increased fee structure.
|Annual Parent Membership||At enrollment of first student||$30.00|
|Annual Student Membership||At enrollment, each student||$30.00|
|Current Year Student Registration||At enrollment, each student||$50.00|
|New Member Orientation||Included in registration fee||$0.00|
|Natural Science I||August 31||$450.00*|
|World History I||August 31||$450.00*|
|Total||Paid August 12||$1010.00|
*Tuition costs listed here are representative; since actual course fees are set by individual teachers, costs will vary.
Scholars Online accepts checks drawn on U.S. banks and online payments made through PayPal, which allows you to charge to your PayPal account, your own bank credit card, or initiate an electronic fund transfer from your bank. Several options for paying in installments between the opening of registration in March and the start of courses in June (summer session) or August/September (fall courses may have different start dates) are offered on your the Account Management Center Invoice page; however, payments must be completed for the full tuition before your student will be admitted to class sessions. This allows us to guarantee payment to our contract teachers.
Teachers are welcome to offer tutorials to Scholars Online members who register for the current academic year, and to use Scholars Online resources, including course sites and chat sessions, according to the terms of their membership contract. Teachers are responsible for setting the rates and terms of payment for tutorials, and for billing and collecting tutorial fees directly from the student. If you are interested in taking a tutorial, you must contact the teacher directly.
Membership and registration fees are non-refundable. Tuition for a student who withdraws from a regularly-scheduled course is refundable according to the following schedule, which recognizes the work the teacher must do in administration and course-planninger:
|Refund request received||Amount of Tuition Refunded|
|Prior to 1 June||100%|
|During the first week of class||50%|
|After first week of class||NO REFUND|
|Prior to 15 August||100%|
|On or after 15 August, but prior to first day of class||90%|
|During the first week of classes||80%|
|During the second week of classes||60%|
|During the third week of classes||40%|
|During the fourth week of classes||20%|
|After the fourth week of class||NO REFUND|
Students who register for a course that is rescheduled will be notified as soon as we are aware of the schedule change. There will be a three-week grace period following student notification during which the student may obtain a full refund or payment credit against a future course if he or she is unable to attend the course at its new time. Otherwise, refunds will follow the above schedule for withdrawal from a course.
No refunds will be granted if a student is suspended or expelled for cause. Scholars Online is not responsible for refunds for tutorials arranged privately with teachers, even when the tutorials take place within the Scholars Online Moodle.
We've tried to make our fees as low as possible and still meet our costs. However, we realize that life doesn't always fit into neat categories. We have a limited scholarship fund that can be used to help defray tuition in cases of demonstrated financial need. Please see the Scholarship page for further information on applying for scholarships or making donations to the scholarship fund.
Scholars Online is currently engaged in accreditation evaluation by MSA-CESS for the 2017-2018 academic year and following years. Courses taken from Fall 2009 - Spring 2017 were fully accredited by AdvancED and NWAC. For more information on accreditation, see our Scholars Online Accreditation page.