Tuition

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True North seeks to be available to people based on right fit, not income level, so we operate on a tiered sliding scale. We want to be able to offer this type of education to all that want to be here. We are doing our best to balance accessibility with sustainability.

 

In determining our tuition process, we focus on accessibility, responsibility and trust. The culture of a self-directed learning community is rooted in trust and we are committed to developing relationships of trust with all community members.

 

We all know that Santa Barbara is home to families with widely varying financial resources. In an effort to offer a program grounded in equity, we ask that those who are able to pay at a higher tier do so in order that we can serve all the families who wish to participate in the program. True North appreciates all the different and valuable ways we each can support our growing community.

Please choose one of the tiers below that reflects what you are able to pay. If tier 5 is more than your family can afford, please contact us for information regarding further scholarship opportunities.

 

Note that there are a certain number of spaces available for each tier. The tier level that TN can offer at any given time depends on availability.​

We will review your tuition offer and determine if we have space at the tier for which you’re applying. If so, the offer will be accepted. If not, we will contact you to discuss the options.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

True North
Self-Directed Learning Program

Monday - Friday

10:00am - 3:00pm

September 6 - June 16

one to five day options

Tier 1

Monthly tuition

based on $20/hour

5 days/week - $2000

4 days/week - $1600

3 days/week- $1200 

2 days/week - $800

1 day/week - $400

Tier 4

Monthly tuition

based on $12.50/hour

5 days/week - $1250

4 days/week - $1000

3 days/week- $750

2 days/week - $500

1 day/week - $250

Tier 2

Monthly tuition

based on $17.50/hour

5 days/week - $1750

4 days/week - $1400

3 days/week- $1050

2 days/week - $700

1 day/week - $350

Tier 5

Monthly tuition

based on $10/hour

5 days/week - $1000

4 days/week - $800

3 days/week- $600

2 days/week - $400

1 day/week - $200

Tier 3

Monthly tuition

based on $15/hour

5 days/week - $1500

4 days/week - $1200

3 days/week- $900

2 days/week - $600

1 day/week - $300

Tier 6

If tier 5 is more than your family can afford, please contact us for information regarding further scholarship opportunities.

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Tuition for the year may be paid in 1 annual payment, 2 semester payments, or 10 monthly payments

Other Fees:

Application Fee: a one-time non-refundable fee of $40

Materials Fee: an annual non-refundable fee of $250

A child's space is secured once a deposit of  the application fee, materials fee, first month's tuition and the signed enrollment agreement have been received. 

Absences: TN is not able to give refunds for absences

Withdrawal Policy- TN prefers that families commit to being in the program for the year. However, if it is discovered that TN is not a good fit for your child, then TN requests that a written 30-day notice be given before withdrawing your child from the program.