Core Curriculum Financial Policies

The Ackerman Institute for the Family is committed to providing the highest standard of education and service to our trainees. Your complete understanding of your financial responsibilities is an essential part of your Core Curriculum training.

Tuition Policy

Ackerman Institute Core Curriculum trainings are non-refundable and non-transferrable. All trainees are subject to this tuition policy and will be held responsible for tuition due to the Ackerman Institute. Financial obligations that are not met are subject to collection. 

  • Core Course tuition is due by August 1st or trainees must sign up for payment plan when submitting deposit. Make a payment here: Pay Tuition Online
  • A non-refundable deposit of $1000.00 is due 10 business days after receipt of admissions letter.
  • After submitting your deposit, trainees must pay a $100 fee to be opted into the payment plan.
  • Payments made after the deadline are subject to a $25.00 late fee, and may result in de-enrollment.
  • We accept American Express, Mastercard, Visa, and PayPal. Cash and checks are not accepted.

Monthly Payment Plan:

The Ackerman Institute offers core curriculum trainees a 10-month interest-free payment plan.

  • Trainees enrolling in a monthly payment plan are required to pay a $1000.00 deposit due 10 business days after receipt of their admissions letter.
  • Total tuition will be divided equally into 10 monthly installments. An automatic charge will be placed on the trainee’s credit card on the 1st of every month beginning July 1st and ending the following April.
  • A $25.00 late fee will be charged if a credit card is declined and not charged by the 10th of the month.
  • To request payment plan enrollment, applicants must enroll at the time of their admission confirmation with a non-refundable $100.00 payment plan enrollment fee.

In case of a leave of absence, the trainee must pay full tuition consistent with the year of attendance.

Core Course Withdrawal Refund Schedule:

Refunds based on the schedule below may be returned to the applicants or retained as a credit to their account upon withdrawal request. To receive a partial refund, requests must be submitted no later than July 31 of the enrollment year.

Until June 30Full refund, minus deposit
July 1 – July 3150% Refund, minus $1000.00 deposit.
August 1 – OnwardNo Refund

Financial Aid

The application for financial aid opens May 1 of the enrollment year. A limited amount of need-based financial aid is available for Foundations of Family Therapy, Live Clinical Supervision, the Dual Program, and the Clinical Externship. Financial aid applicants are required to submit financial documentation including a tax return and Form 1099.

Financial Aid is not guaranteed and does not automatically carry forward with any trainee who is granted a leave of absence; aid will be determined during the next admissions cycle. Trainees who have received past financial aid awards are not guaranteed future assistance.

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About Tuition Fees

The Ackerman Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies on donors and earned revenue to work towards our mission. The full expense of training an Ackerman therapist is subsidized by the generosity of our donors. Your tuition fees cover only a small portion of this expense. We thank you for investing in your professional future and for supporting the Ackerman Institute for the Family.

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