Tuition Payment Plans:

Option A:

Payment in Full

Students have the option of paying in full prior to the beginning of the program.  The tuition, if paid in full, is $13,250.00 with no other additional fees. Students paying in full must pay a $500.00 deposit upon acceptance to the program and then pay the balance ($12,750.00) no later than the 15th of the month preceding the program start date.  For the March class, this date is February 15th.   For the September class, this is August 15th.

Option B:

Payment during Program

Students can pay monthly for the duration of the program, resulting in 10 monthly payments.  The fee for this is $250.00 and is added to the tuition for a total cost of $13,500.00.  Students choosing this option must pay a $500.00 deposit upon acceptance to the program and then begin payments on the balance ($13,000.00) beginning the 15th of the month preceding the program start date.  For the March class, the first payment of $1300.00 will be due February 15th and the final payment will be November 15th.  For the September class, the first payment will be due August 15th and the final payment will be due May 15th.

Option C:

Long-term Payment Program

Student can opt for a 35-month payment program.  The fee for this is $750.00 and is added to tuition for a total cost of $14,000.00.  Students choosing this option must pay a $500.00 deposit upon acceptance to the program and then make payments during school of $225.00 per month.  Upon graduation, students will pay $450.00 per month for 25 additional months.  Students who are interested in Option C will be asked to create a written plan for repayment and will need to include a current statement of income, expenses and debt.  A high debt to income ratio will not necessarily disqualify a student from the payment plan but an additional responsible party may be required.  This written plan and worksheet will be due at the same time as the initial interview for enrollment is scheduled.

Payment Plan Terms

Students may pay off the balance at any time with no pre-payment penalty however, they will not be given a discount on the financing fee.  However, if a student who has elected to use Option C decides to pay off the balance prior to the 15th of the month before graduation, that student will be credited $500.00, making the full amount paid the same as option B.

No interest is assessed on the payment plans unless a student misses a due date.  Upon the first missed due date, a late fee of $10.00 per day will be assessed.  Upon the second missed due date, the outstanding balance will be assigned to an outside agency and subject to a 12% interest rate for the duration.  Students who are actively enrolled in school will not be able to attend class until their account is current.  Graduates who default are subject to collections, removal of massage license and an ethical complaint filed against their license.

Additional Expenses

Tuition includes:  Textbooks, First Aid/CPR/Blood Borne Pathogen certification, Liability Insurance through ABMP (Associated Bodyworks and Massage Professionals), ABMP Exam Coach, access to Massage Business Blueprint, all supplies required for classroom activities and two CRI polos to be worn during student clinic.

A professional massage table will be required and is usually purchased within the first month of the program.  Tables can be purchased through Columbia River Institute.  Students will receive special pricing, below retail, on their tables.  If a student already has a table, please verify with Columbia River Institute that the model is acceptable for professional practice.  The cost varies from $400.00-$850.00 depending on style chosen.  All tables purchased through Columbia River Institute are Custom Craftworks tables.

Tuition does not include testing fees or licensure fees.  Student is responsible for licensing fee ($141.00 as of January 2018), testing fee ($195.00 as of January 2018), any additional supplies not required by school.  

Summary of Costs:

  • Tuition:                   $13,250.00 plus financing fee if applicable
  • Massage Table:      $400.00-$850.00 (incurred in first two months of school)
  • State License Fee: $141.00 (due after graduation)
  • Testing Fee:           $195.00 (due in second to last month of program)

All fees are subject to change.  There is a tuition increase expected in the Spring of 2019.