Tuition Payment Plans

Option A

Payment in Full
Students have the option of paying in full prior to the beginning of the program. If the $13,750 tuition is paid in full, there are no additional fees. Students paying in full must pay a $500 deposit upon acceptance to the program, then pay the balance ($13,250) no later than the 15th of the month preceding the program start date. For the March class, payment is due February 15.  For the September class, payment is due August 15.

Option B

Payment during Program
Students can make monthly payments for the duration of the program, resulting in 10 payments. The fee for 10-month financing  is $250 and is added to the tuition for a total cost of $14,000. Students choosing this option must pay a $500 deposit upon acceptance to the program then begin monthly payments on the $13,500 balance beginning the 15th of the month preceding the program start date. For the March class, the first payment of $1,350 is due February 15, and the final payment is due November 15. For the September class, the first payment is due August 15, and the final payment is due May 15.

Option C

Long-term Payment Program
Student can opt for a 35-month payment program. The fee for this is $750 and is added to tuition for a total cost of $14,500. Students choosing this option must pay a $500 deposit upon acceptance to the program, then make monthly payments of $275 during the school session. Upon graduation, students pay $450 per month for 25 additional months. Students who are interested in Option C must create a written plan for repayment and 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 is due when the initial interview for enrollment is scheduled. 

Payment Plan Terms
Students may pay off the balance at any time with no pre-payment penalty but are not given a discount for the financing fee. However, if a student who has elected Option C later decides to pay off the balance prior to the 15th of the month before graduation, that student is credited $500, 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 per day is assessed. If a second payment is missed, the outstanding balance is assigned to an outside agency and subject to a 12% interest rate for the duration of collections. Students who are actively enrolled in school cannot attend class until their account is current. Graduates who default on their payment plan are subject to collections, revoking 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 Associated Bodyworks and Massage Professionals (ABMP; ABMP exam coach; access to Massage Business Blueprint; all supplies required for classroom activities; and two CRI polos worn during student clinic.

A professional massage table is required and is usually purchased within the first month of the program. Students can purchase a table through Columbia River Institute and receive special pricing, which is below retail. If a student already has a table, please verify with Columbia River Institute model  acceptability for professional practice. The cost of tables vary from $400-850, depending on the style. All tables purchased through Columbia River Institute are Custom Craftworks tables.

Tuition does not include testing fees or licensure fees. Students are responsible for a licensing fee of $141 (as of January 2018); a testing fee of $195 (as of January 2018); and any additional supplies not required by school.


Summary of Costs:

  • $13,750 Tuition, plus financing fee, if applicable

  • $400-850 Massage Table (incurred in first two months of school)

  • $141 State License Fee (due upon graduation)

  • $195 Testing Fee (due during second to last month of program)

All fees are subject to change.