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Tuition and Fees

The following topics are covered below:

*TUITION
*TUITION INCREASES
*ENROLLMENT FEE

*COST OF EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS
*CREDIT CARD, PAYPAL, AND WIRE TRANSFER PAYMENTS
*FINANCIAL AID
*TUITION IS PRO RATED AS FOLLOWS . . .
*LEAVES OF ABSENCE
*WITHDRAWAL AND REFUNDS
*LATE FEES
*RESPONSIBILITY OF STUDENT TO STAY CURRENT IN THEIR TUITION PAYMENTS
*POLICY ON CANCELLATION OF ENROLLMENT AND REFUND OF INITIAL TUITION PAYMENT
*STUDENT TUITION RECOVERY FUND
*IF NECESSARY, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO CONTACT THE STATE OVERSIGHT AGENCY
*TUITION CHARGES FOR STUDENTS AT WISR NOT SEEKING A DEGREE
*REQUIRED DISCLOSURES REGARDING WISR’S STATE LICENSED, UNACREDITED DEGREES AND REGARDING WISR’S FINANCIAL INTEGRITY

TUITION.

Tuition is $7,500/year. Students may make monthly payments of $625/month. Students who choose to make semi-annual payments will receive a semi-annual discount of $200, so that the semi-annual payment will be $3,550. Students who make an annual payment will receive a $600 discount for the year, so that the annual payment will be $6,900. Student tuition will NOT be increased for the fiscal year July 2019-June 2020, despite increased costs, and even though this will be the seventh consecutive year that tuition has been steady at $7,500/year.

Students are not responsible for paying tuition for any portion of a year in which they are not enrolled, whether it is due to graduation or withdrawal.  Students may enroll on the first day of any month of the year.  They may withdraw on any date, by giving written notice to WISR’s President of their decision to withdraw.  (See specific refund and withdrawal policies, below).  Students graduate on the last day of the month in which they complete all requirements and are approved for graduation by their Graduation Review Board.

Total Program Costs:

Since the completion date for all academic programs, at WISR and elsewhere, cannot be precisely determined in advance, the total length of time, and cost, of a degree program at WISR cannot be projected in advance.  The length of time to complete a program is influenced by each student’s life circumstances and the intensity with which they choose to pursue their studies.  The Frequently Asked Questions section of our catalogue and this website discusses the approximate lengths of time that many students have taken to complete each program in previous years.  If for an extended period of time (6 months or longer) a student anticipates that she or he will not be able to actively pursue her or his studies at WISR, the student is advised to consider taking a leave of absence for that period and then re-enrolling.

However, the State requires that we provide a scheduled timetable for completing each degree program—for the purposes of reporting data to the State in the annual reports, for providing information to prospective students in the School Performance Fact Sheet, and for providing one scheduled timetable in this catalog, on our website, and in our enrollment agreements with each student. In arriving at the scheduled timetables for each degree program, we have assumed that many students may choose to move at the equivalent of a part-time pace, if they have especially busy and demanding work and family commitments.

We have decided to use 6 years as the scheduled timetable for completing the doctoral degree, the extensive Master’s program leading to the MFT and/or LPCC licenses, and for the BS program.  And, we have used 4 years as the scheduled timetable for completing the other (non-MFT) Master’s program in Education and Community Leadership.

Our actual experience is that some students choose to take even longer than these schedules due to work and family responsibilities, for example.  Many students complete these programs in much shorter periods of time.  These timetables also don’t take into account how the transferring of previous academic credit, especially in the BS program, may substantially reduce the time necessary to complete a degree at WISR.

Using these schedules, and using our current annual tuition of $7,500/year and a $600 enrollment fee, Total Costs for the EdD, MS program leading toward MFT and/or LPCC licenses, and BS programs is $45,600.  The Total Cost for the MS program NOT leading toward State counseling licensure is $30,600.

ADDITIONAL COSTS.

Students should be prepared for the following added expenses:

  • A required monthly fee ($9/month) to access books and readings through ScribD (www.scribd.com)
  • A required annual membership in a professional association (approximate cost of $150 per year or less, typically) such as the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (required of all WISR MFT program students), the American Sociological Association, or the American Educational Research Association
  • Roughly $60 or less per course for required books and ebooks
  • For doctoral students $250 to pay WISR to contract with an outside expert in the area of their dissertation inquiry, to help guide them and serve on their Dissertation Review Committee, and for Master’s students, $150 to pay WISR to contract with an outside expert in the area of their thesis inquiry to help guide them and serve of their Thesis Review Committee.
  • Although there is no cost involved, California residents who constitute the vast majority of WISR students, should plan on making a trip to either the San Francisco or Los Angeles Public Library, to obtain a public library card to provide added access to relevant journals, books and videos. Students outside California are encouraged to identify with the help of WISR faculty additional library access for themselves.  WISR’s pays an annual fee to the Library Information and Resources Network (LIRN) to provide access to valuable library resources, and WISR’s Librarian and Learning Technology and Design staff person provide information and guidance to WISR students on how to locate relevant Open Access Library resources, which are increasing greatly in number every day.
TUITION INCREASES.

WISR’s Board of Trustees has decided that modest tuition increases of about $25/month probably will be necessary every year or two. WISR’s faculty and Board devote considerable energy and thought to keeping WISR’s tuition as affordable as possible, while still maintaining an extraordinary high level of quality of education. The vast majority of each student’s tuition goes toward instructional costs, with minimal amounts being spent on administrative and institutional overhead costs. Whenever a tuition increase is necessary, the Board will announce about May 1 of each year the tuition rate for the coming fiscal year (July-June).

ENROLLMENT FEE.

Upon enrollment, or re-enrollment in the case of students who have taken a break from their studies at WISR, a $600 enrollment fee, $250 of which is non-refundable, is due, and the rest of which is pro-rated as per refund policies noted in this section.

COST OF EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS.

Students should expect to spend about $50 to $100 on books (or e-books) for each course. In addition, all students are required to
1) purchase and maintain a monthly membership in ScribD (access to many required readings—books and articles, for $9/month. www.scribd.com),
2) purchase a membership in a major professional association such as the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (www.camft.org), American Educational Research Association, or American Sociological Association. (These fees are typically less than $150/year.) Depending on the student’s interests, faculty may approve a membership in another association, instead. All MFTs students must obtain a membership in CAMFT, because, among other things, this provides access to psychology journals through the EBSCO library online data base.
3) if a California resident, the student must obtain a free library card (but requires a visit on site) to either the San Francisco or Los Angeles Public Library. This card entitled the holder to access to important added online library data bases (off site, need not be at the library), as well as, to thousands of films and videos available through Kanopy (www.kanopy.com), and some of these films are required viewing for many WISR courses. WISR will provide other access to limited number of Kanopy films, but at least to those that are required, to students who are not California residents, if the student is not able to obtain access through another library.

CREDIT CARD, PAYPAL, AND WIRE TRANSFER PAYMENTS.

Students may choose to pay their tuition by using their Visa, Master, and Discover Card credit cards. Those wishing to make a credit card payment should contact WISR’s President, either over the phone or on site at WISR. Students may also pay tuition to WISR through paypal by entering WISR’s e-mail address for the merchant account: mail@wisr.edu Also, students in other countries often make payments to WISR by direct wire transfers to WISR’s bank.

Make a Payment Using Pay Pal
Students may pay tuition to WISR in any amount–either for degree programs in which they are enrolled or for courses they wish to take for Continuing Education Units.  All you need to do is to click on the “buy now” button, enter the amount you wish to pay, and log in to your own pay pal account.  You may also enter the purpose of the payment (e.g., continuing education class, July tuition for degree program, enrollment fee, etc.).  In any case, the amount you pay and the record of your payment is your receipt of a payment for educational services at WISR.  If you have questions, please e-mail us at mail@wisr.edu


 

 

FINANCIAL AID.

Unfortunately, WISR students only have access to outside, private scholarships, not to Federal grant and loan programs. Because WISR is very small by design, and is not accredited, our students are not eligible for Federal and bank-funded student loans. Furthermore, lending institutions are not required by law to defer student loan repayments that WISR students may have acquired elsewhere prior to enrolling at WISR. In some cases, WISR students have successfully negotiated this with lenders, but because WISR students are not eligible for student loan monies, the lenders are not obliged to defer the student’s payments.

Fortunately, our tuition is much more affordable than the tuition at most other institutions, and students may make monthly payments throughout their enrollment at WISR.

VERY LIMITED NUMBER OF WORK-STUDY POSITIONS: In addition, there may be one or two institutional work-study positions sometimes available.  Occasionally, WISR has some needed work that can be performed by a few qualified students at a rate of 6 hours work for $100.  At this point, work-study earnings are limited to a maximum of $500/year.

TUITION IS PRO RATED AS FOLLOWS . . .

Students never pay for tuition for any period of time covered in their enrollment agreement, if they withdraw or graduate before the end of the period specified in that enrollment agreement.  (See refund policies below). If a student withdraws from enrollment during a period for which tuition has been paid, they will receive a refund according to the refund policies stated below.

LEAVES OF ABSENCE.

Students may take a Leave of Absence for a minimum of six (6) months, at any time, with notice by the end of the month prior to the Leave. Students may not take a leave for a just a couple of months; it is expected that most students will take vacations, get ill, and have special family and job demands and crises that may make it difficult or even impossible for them to attend to their WISR studies for several months out of the year. WISR operates on a 12 month calendar so that students can be heavily involved in their studies for as little as 8 or so months out of the year, or for all 12 months of the year. However, if a student believes that he or she will not be able to get much done in the coming 6 months, for any reason, personal, financial, job, health or other reasons, then it is best to take a break for 6 months or longer, until the student has the time, energy and/or funds to be engaged in her or his studies more than a little bit. During a leave a student may attend seminars (but not for credit or to meet WISR requirements) to stay somewhat connected to WISR, but may not meet with her or his faculty adviser or receive credit for work performed during the leave period. Work performed during a leave is considered the same as prior experience, and is not eligible for credit as such. When the student is ready to re-enroll–at any time after the six month minimum period–he or she may re-enroll by paying the $600 re-enrollment fee (naturally, the student is not charged tuition during the period of their Leave). However, if the student owes back tuition, they will not be allowed to re-enroll unless they first negotiate with a Board representative an acceptable and realistic re-payment plan on top of the regular tuition that they will be paying once re-enrolled.

WITHDRAWAL AND REFUNDS . . .

A student may withdraw at any time.  Notice of cancellation of an Enrollment Agreement must be in writing to WISR’s President, and a withdrawal may be effectuated by the student’s conduct, including, but not necessarily limited to, a student’s lack of attendance. Students are expected to be in touch with faculty twice per month, or at least once per month unless they notify faculty of special circumstances (e.g., health or vacation where they will be unavailable for longer than a month). If a student is disenrolled for lack of attendance, they have the opportunity to appeal to the Faculty Executive Committee, and then to the Board. Students are expected to be in touch with faculty twice per month, or at least once per month unless they notify faculty of special circumstances (e.g., health or vacation where they will be unavailable for longer than a month).  The student will receive a refund of any tuition already paid according to the following guidelines. If a student withdraws after instruction begins, but before the end of the first month of enrollment or re-enrollment (that is, after the cancellation period described above), they are entitled to a full refund of all charges, less $250 and a portion of the $625 first month’s tuition prorated on a daily basis.  If a student withdraws during the first 60 % (percent) of an enrollment period as specified in their enrollment agreement, the student will receive a pro-rata refund on a daily basis of any tuition already paid beyond the date of withdrawal, minus $250 of the $600 enrollment fee. If the student withdraws after 60% (percent) of the enrollment agreement period, the student will receive a pro-rata refund on a daily basis, minus the $600 enrollment fee. That is, their tuition refund will be computed by calculating all monies for which they have paid tuition for an enrollment period, then charging them the daily rate for the period enrolled, and refunding them the balance of the tuition monies paid for that enrollment period.  That is, in no case will the student be responsible to pay tuition for days for which they have contracted in the Enrollment Agreement, when they have chosen to withdraw before the end of that period and when they will not then be enrolled for some of those contracted months. WISR will also refund money collected for a student’s tuition from a third party on the student’s behalf. Refunds will be paid within 30 days of cancellation or withdrawal. A student who withdraws and wishes to later re-enroll is subject to the policies on Leaves of Absence (see above).

LATE FEES.

Students making monthly payments have until the end of the month to make their payment for that month without the payment being late. The first month in a fiscal year that a student is late in making their tuition payment, they will be assessed a late fee of $25/month. However, in any additional month(s) in that fiscal year in which a student is late or behind in their tuition payment(s), they will be charged a $50/month late fee.

RESPONSIBILITY OF STUDENT TO STAY CURRENT IN THEIR TUITION PAYMENTS.

Because WISR makes every effort to keep its tuition affordable by charging a little as possible, and since students are allowed to improve their cash flow by making monthly payments, it is absolutely crucial that students make timely payments of their tuition (by the last day of the month in which the tuition is due). Students who fall two or more months behind in their tuition payments are subject to disenrollment for a minimum of 6 (six) months, and will not get credit for work done during that period, and will be charged the $600 re-enrollment fee upon return to enrollment at WISR, assuming they also have taken care of their owed tuition and late fees, either by paying in full, or by paying a portion and successfully negotiating with the Board financial representative a payment plan that they will adhere to.

POLICY ON CANCELLATION OF ENROLLMENT AND REFUND OF INITIAL TUITION PAYMENT.

The student has a right to cancel their enrollment agreement and obtain a refund. Such cancellation must be in writing to the President at WISR, 2930 Shattuck Ave., Suite 300, Berkeley, CA  94705.  The student has the right to cancel the enrollment agreement and obtain a refund of charges paid through attendance at the first class session, or the seventh day after enrollment, whichever is later. If a student withdraws after instruction begins, but before the end of the first month of enrollment or re-enrollment (that is, after the cancellation period described above), they will be refunded all except $250 of the $600 enrollment fee, and a portion of the $625 first month’s tuition prorated on a daily basis.  Notice of cancellation of an Enrollment Agreement must be in writing to WISR’s President, and a withdrawal may also be effectuated by the student’s conduct, including, but not necessarily limited to, a student’s lack of attendance.

STUDENT TUITION RECOVERY FUND.

“The State of California established the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic loss suffered by a student in an educational program at a qualifying institution, who is or was a California resident while enrolled, or was enrolled in a residency program, if the student enrolled in the institution, prepaid tuition, and suffered an economic loss.

Unless relieved of the obligation to do so, you must pay the state-imposed assessment for the STRF, or it must be paid on your behalf, if you are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition.

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if either of the following applies: you are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program.

It is important that you keep copies of your enrollment agreement, financial aid documents, receipts, or any other information that documents the amount paid to the school. Questions regarding the STRF may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, (916) 431-6959 or (888) 370-7589.

To be eligible for STRF, you must be a California resident or enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid or deemed to have paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

  1. The institution, a location of the institution, or an educational program offered by the institution was closed or discontinued, and you did not choose to participate in a teach-out plan approved by the Bureau or did not complete a chosen teach-out plan approved by the Bureau.
  2. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution within the 120 day period before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, or were enrolled in an educational program within the 120 day period before the program was discontinued.
  3. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution more than 120 days before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, in an educational program offered by the institution as to which the Bureau determined there was a significant decline in the quality or value of the program more than 120 days before closure.
  4. The institution has been ordered to pay a refund by the Bureau but has failed to do so.
  5. The institution has failed to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federal student loan program as required by law, or has failed to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the institution in excess of tuition and other costs.
  6. You have been awarded restitution, a refund, or other monetary award by an arbitrator or court, based on a violation of this chapter by an institution or representative of an institution, but have been unable to collect the award from the institution.
  7. You sought legal counsel that resulted in the cancellation of one or more of your student loans and have an invoice for services rendered and evidence of the cancellation of the student loan or loans.

To qualify for STRF reimbursement, the application must be received within four (4) years from the date of the action or event that made the student eligible for recovery from STRF.

A student whose loan is revived by a loan holder or debt collector after a period of noncollection may, at any time, file a written application for recovery from STRF for the debt that would have otherwise been eligible for recovery. If it has been more than four (4) years since the action or event that made the student eligible, the student must have filed a written application for recovery within the original four (4) year period, unless the period has been extended by another act of law.

However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or a taxpayer identification number.

Note: Authority cited: Sections 94803, 94877 and 94923, Education Code. Reference: Section

94923, 94924 and 94925, Education Code.”

IF NECESSARY, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO CONTACT THE STATE OVERSIGHT AGENCY.

Any questions a student may have regarding this catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at  2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833,   www.bppe.ca.gov Telephone (888) 370-7589 or by fax (916) 263-1897

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888)370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau’s internet Web site www.bppe.ca.gov

Indeed, WISR takes the position that consumer protection and student rights are important to a healthy postsecondary education system in California. WISR has an impeccable history of perfect compliance with state law since we were first approved* in 1977 [*Under current State law, Approved” means, “approval to operate” which means compliance with state standards as set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (California Education Code, Title 3,  Division 10, Part 59, Chapter )], and there have been no complaints against us in that entire time. Furthermore, in order to promote consumer protection, high quality education, and institutional integrity and credibility among institutions of private postsecondary education, WISR has taken a leadership role with about a dozen other institutions to form the Association for Private Postsecondary Education in California (APPEC).

TUITION CHARGES FOR STUDENTS AT WISR NOT SEEKING A DEGREE.

Please consult our web page (or online catalogue section) on “Non-Degree Learning” to find about tuition charges for students seeking to receive credit for only one or two independent study courses, , for MFT or LPCC courses, for one or two particular courses in other WISR degree programs, or for non-credit instruction.40th Anniversary w-out 2015

REQUIRED DISCLOSURES REGARDING WISR’S UNACREDITED DEGREES AND REGARDING WISR’S FINANCIAL INTEGRITY.

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