Tuition and Fees

Tuition

Tuition is $8,400 per year in each program. Students may make monthly payments of $700, or if they prefer, perhaps for convenience, students may pay for more than one month in advance. However, 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 withdraw on any date, by giving written (letter or email) notice to WISR’s President of their decision to withdraw. (See specific refund and withdrawal policies, below). Students graduate once they have been approved to graduate by their Review Board, and have submitted all of the required administrative paperwork.

 

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 catalog 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 (now discontinued).  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, although the amount that can be transferred is limited.

 

Following is a schedule of total charges for the first year of each program. These include both institutional and non-institutional charges.

MFT Program

Enrollment Fee (non-refundable)

$250

Educational Materials: Subscriptions
& Professional Memberships

$258

Transcript, Diploma, Transcript Production, Thesis/Dissert. Copying

$0

*Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) (non-refundable)

$20

Books

$300

Program Tuition

$8,400

Total Charges For
First Year Only

$9,228

*STRF: $02.50 for every $1,000 of tuition rounded to the nearest $1,000

  

MS Education and Community Leadership

Enrollment Fee (non-refundable)

$250

Educational Materials: Subscriptions & Professional Memberships

$258

Transcript, Diploma, Transcript Production, Thesis/Dissert. Copying

$0

*Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) (non-refundable)

$20

Books

$200

Program Tuition

$8,400

Total Charges For
First Year Only

$9,128

*STRF: $02.50 for every $1,000 of tuition rounded to the nearest $1,000

EdD Higher Education and Social Change

Enrollment Fee (non-refundable)

$250

Educational Materials: Subscriptions & Professional Memberships

$258

Transcript, Diploma, Transcript Production, Thesis/Dissert. Copying

$0

*Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) (non-refundable)

$20

Books

$250

Program Tuition

$8,400

Total Charges For
First Year Only

$9,178

*STRF: $02.50 for every $1,000 of tuition rounded to the nearest $1,000

 

Following is an estimated schedule of total charges for the ENTIRE educational program. These include both institutional and non-institutional charges. The amount of tuition paid depends on the length of time you take to complete the program. 

MFT Program

Enrollment Fee (non-refundable)

$250

Educational Materials: Subscriptions
& Professional Memberships

$1,548

Transcript, Diploma, Transcript Production, Thesis/Dissert. Copying

$150

*Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) (non-refundable)

$125

Books

$900

Maximum Program Tuition

$50,400

Total Charges For
First Year Only

$53,373

*STRF: $02.50 for every $1,000 of tuition rounded to the nearest $1,000

 

MS Education and Community Leadership

Enrollment Fee (non-refundable)

$250

Educational Materials: Subscriptions & Professional Memberships

$1,032

Transcript, Diploma, Transcript Production, Thesis/Dissert. Copying

$150

*Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) (non-refundable)

$85

Books

$400

Maximum Program Tuition

$33,600

Total Charges For
First Year Only

$35,517

*STRF: $02.50 for every $1,000 of tuition rounded to the nearest $1,000

EdD Higher Education and Social Change

Enrollment Fee (non-refundable)

$250

Educational Materials: Subscriptions & Professional Memberships

$1,548

Transcript, Diploma, Transcript Production, Thesis/Dissert. Copying

$150

*Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) (non-refundable)

$125

Books

$500

Maximum Program Tuition

$50,400

Total Charges For
First Year Only

$52,973

*STRF: $02.50 for every $1,000 of tuition rounded to the nearest $1,000

 

Tuition Fees Per Year For All WISR Degree Programs:

$8,400/year for all programs, with $700 payable by the end of each month in which the student is enrolled, unless the student wishes to make additional or advance payments for their own convenience, and in any case tuition monies paid in advance are refunded when the student graduates, withdraws or takes a leave of absence:

  • The Doctoral program in Higher Education and Social Change, 60 semester units,
  • The Master’s program in Psychology/Marriage and Family Therapy, 67 semester units,
  • The Master’s program in Education and Community Leadership, 36 semester units.
  • Single Course Student Tuition: Tuition is $700 per per semester credit hour.
Maximum Tuition Charged in Each Degree Program:

The maximum tuition that any student can be charged during their studies in a WISR degree program, regardless of how long they are enrolled, is as follows:

EdD Program:  $50,650.

MS in Psychology/MFT Program:  $50,650.

MS in Education and Community Leadership: $33,850.

Any student first enrolling while the base tuition if $700/month will be covered under these maximum tuition cost amounts, even if tuition is subsequently raised while they are pursuing their WISR studies, or on leave at that time.

Non-refundable Charges:
  • Enrollment Fee: The initial non-refundable enrollment fee is $250, unless the student cancels the agreement before the 7th day, or the first instructional session with a faculty member, whichever is later.  $50 of this fee is for the admissions application, and $200 is to register in the degree program in which the student will be pursuing a degree or taking courses. When students re-enroll after taking a leave of absence, or a period of withdrawal, they pay a non-refundable $200 re-enrollment fee. There is no reapplication fee when re-enrolling. 
  • STRF Fee: Non-refundable Student Tuition Recovery Fund fee (as of April 1, 2022, $02.50 per $1,000)–see Student Tuition Recovery Fund below for details.
Other Fees That a Student WILL Incur at a Future Date:

Paid to WISR (institutional charges):
  • $75 transcript production and thesis/dissertation copying fee
Not Paid to WISR (non-institutional charges):
  • Required Textbooks: $50 per course (estimate, NOT paid to WISR—paid to book sellers)— maximum out of pocket costs for required books: $400 (MS Ed & Comm. Leadership), $900 (MS Psychology), $500 (EdD).
  • Required membership in ScribD.com: $108/year;
  • Required Professional Association Membership, typically less than $150/year, unless the student chooses a more expensive option.
Other WISR Fees That a Student MAY Incur at a Future Date:
  • $25/official transcript after the first official transcript (which is free)
  • $50/official diploma
  • For doctoral students: $250 may sometimes be needed 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.
  • For Master’s students: $150 may sometimes be needed to pay WISR to contract with an outside expert in the area of their thesis inquiry to help guide them and serve on their Thesis Review Committee.
  • LATE FEES: $25-$50: The first month in a fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) in which a student is late in making their tuition payment, they will be assessed a late fee of $25. However, in any additional month(s) in that fiscal year in which the student is late or behind in their tuition payments, they will be charged a $50/month fee. (For more details see section on Late Fees below).

Tuition Policies

With the decision by the Board of Trustees to raise tuition for the first time in over 8 years to $8,400/year ($700/month). WISR’s Board of Trustees has decided that modest tuition increases of about $25/month probably may 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 extraordinarily 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).

 

The initial non-refundable enrollment fee is $250, unless the student cancels the agreement before the 7th day, or the first instructional session with a faculty member, whichever is later.  $50 of this fee is for the admissions application, and $200 is to register in the degree program in which the student will be pursuing a degree or taking courses. When students re-enroll after taking a leave of absence, or a period of withdrawal, they pay a non-refundable $200 re-enrollment fee. There is no reapplication fee when re-enrolling. 

 

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 Chief Financial Officer (bookkeeper@wisr.edu) or President, either over the phone or by email. 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.

 

Unfortunately, WISR students only have access to outside, private scholarships, but 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.

 

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.

 

 

Students may take a Leave of Absence at any time, with notice given, verbally or in writing, to the CEO, the Chief Academic Officer (CAO), the Chief Administrative Officer (CAdO), or a faculty member with whom they have been working. The minimum length of time for the Leave of Absence is determined by the CAO according to the following guidelines: 1) for those experiencing major health issues, mental health and stressful challenges, or especially challenging life circumstances, there is a two-month minimum period of time to be on leave, and the student may decide to re-enroll at any time after the two month period; 2) due to difficulties being sufficiently academically engaged, there is a two month minimum, with the re-enrollment date subject to approval by both the student and the CAO; or 3) for other reasons such as vacation plans, financial/cash flow difficulties, or escalating job demands, then the leave must be for a minimum of 6 months. If the student is not satisfied with the minimum length of time (2 months vs. 6 months) determined by the CAO, they may appeal to the CEO, and finally as a last option, to the Board of Trustees.

Specifically, if a student is taking a leave of absence as a result of faculty review following the student having been identified as not having been engaged for a month, either the student, or the faculty member (or CAO) who has reviewed the circumstances surrounding their lack of engagement, may give the CAdO notice that the student is to be granted a leave of absence, effective the first day of the month in which this review has taken place. Under this circumstance, the leave must be at least two months, and may end as soon as both the student and the CAO, determine that the student is ready to be engaged in their studies and re-enroll.

When taking a leave of absence, students will only be responsible for tuition through the date on which their leave begins, and any overpaid tuition will be refunded on pro- rata per day basis, and within 30 days.

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 their 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 designated minimum period—he or she may re-enroll, if approved by the CAO, and by paying $200 (for them to re-register in the degree program they are pursuing or for the degree program in which they are taking courses) when resuming their studies (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 the CAdO, or at the CAdO’s discretion, with the CFO, an acceptable and realistic re-payment plan on top of the regular tuition that they will be paying once re-enrolled.

 

A withdrawal may be effectuated by the student’s written notice to the President, or oral notice to a faculty member, the CEO or CAdO, or by the student’s conduct, including, but not necessarily limited to, a student’s lack of attendance. The student will receive a pro-rata refund of any tuition already paid toward days in which he or she will not be enrolled. If the student is disenrolled, or placed on a leave of absence by the CAO, because the CAO and one or more faculty members have judged that this is in the student’s best interest due to their lack of engagement and/or progress in their studies, the student may appeal this decision to the Board, whose decision is final.

If a student withdraws after the first instructional session 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, prorated on a daily basis. 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. If a student withdraws within 60 percent of the EA, they are also entitled to a pro rata refund of $200 of their $250 enrollment agreement. 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.

SAMPLE REFUND CALCULATION:

Student Enrollment Agreement began November 1, 2021 (and through October 31, 2022)

Days in Agreement:  365

Withdrew: April 1, 2022

Days Enrolled: 151

% Year Enrolled:  151 days divided by 365 days = 41.37%

Tuition owed: $8,400 x 41.37% = $3,475.07

If student had paid for six months when they withdrew (6 x 700) = $4,200

Then the student would have a refund of $4,200 (what they paid) – $3,475.07 (pro rata portion for the number of days in the year they were enrolled) = $724.93

 

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.

 

Because WISR makes every effort to keep its tuition affordable by charging as 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 four 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 $200 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 CAdO, or at the the CAdO’s discretion, the CFO, a payment plan that they will adhere to.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY:

You have the right to cancel your agreement for a program of instruction, without any penalty or obligations, and receive a full refund of all monies paid to WISR including the $50 application fee and the $200 enrollment fee, through attendance at the first class session or the seventh calendar day after enrollment, whichever is later. After the end of the cancellation period, you also have the right to stop school at any time; and you have the right to receive a pro rata refund of tuition. If you have completed 60 percent or less of the scheduled days in the current payment period in your program through the last day of attendance, you also have the right to a pro rata refund of $200 of the $250 enrollment fee.

DISTANCE EDUCATION CANCELLATION POLICY:

The student shall have the right to cancel the enrollment agreement and receive a full refund within 7 days of the beginning of the agreement or before the first lesson and materials are received, or the first meeting with a faculty member, whichever is later. Cancellation is effective on the date written notice of cancellation is sent. The institution shall make the refund pursuant to section 71750 of the California Code of Regulations. If the institution sent the first lesson and materials before an effective cancellation notice was received, the institution shall make a refund within 45 days after the student’s return of the materials. 

  • If you are enrolled in an Online Program, the course session will be held online using Google Workspace for Education, a Learning Management System.
  • An institution offering a distance educational program where the instruction is not offered in real time shall transmit the first lesson and any materials to any student within seven days after the institution accepts the student for admission.
  • An institution shall transmit all lessons and materials to the student if the student has fully paid for the educational program and, after having received the first lesson and initial materials, requests in writing that all of the material be sent. If an institution transmits the balance of the material as the student requests, the institution shall remain obligated to provide the other educational services it agreed to provide, such as responses to student inquiries, student and faculty interaction and comment on lessons submitted by the student, but shall not be obligated to pay any refund after all of the lessons and materials are transmitted.
STUDENT’S RIGHT TO CANCEL:

The student has a right to cancel and obtain a refund of charges paid through attendance at the first instructional session, or the seventh day after enrollment, whichever is later. Such cancellation may be in writing to the President at WISR, 1812 San Pedro Ave., Berkeley, CA 94707. A full refund may be obtained by withdrawing within 7 days of the beginning of an enrollment agreement, or at the student’s first instructional session, whichever is later. If a student withdraws after instruction begins and after the seventh day, 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 the $250 enrollment fee. Notice of cancellation of an Enrollment Agreement may be in writing to WISR’s President, and a withdrawal may also be effectuated by the student’s oral notice or by the student’s conduct, including, but not necessarily limited to, a student’s lack of attendance. 

 

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, 1747 North Market Blvd., Suite 225, Sacramento, CA 95834, (916) 431-6959 or (888) 370-7589.

Any fee for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) is charged, and collected from students who are California residents, at the time of enrollment. At this time (effective April 1, 2022), students who meet the criteria outlined in the next paragraph, pay $02.50 for every $1,000 at this time. 

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 non-collection 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.

When students meeting the above STRF requirements enroll, re-enroll, or continue their enrollment into July and beyond into a subsequent fiscal year, they will be charged a non-refundable STRF fee. Effective April 1, 2022, the STRF fee is $2.50 for every $1,000 tuition charged in their enrollment agreement (rounded off to the nearest $1,000).

Note: Authority cited: Sections 94803, 94877 and 94923, Education Code. Reference: Section 94923, 94924 and 94925, Education Code.”

 

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 1747 N. Market Blvd., Suite 225, Sacramento, CA 95833, or P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA  95798-0818  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).

 

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, please consult the “Schedule of Total Charges” above.

 

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