Tuition and Scholarship Information

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How much does a Teen Retreat Cost?

Tuition is $0-$2,500 and is calculated on a sliding scale based on household income.

How the sliding scale works:

For households that make $250,000+ a year, tuition is $2,500. For any household making less than $250,000 a year, we offer a sliding scale to calculate your tuition as 1% of household income.

Regardless of the amount calculated for you, we will work with you and your household to make sure the barrier to retreat is not financial.

Annual Income       Sliding Scale Tuition
$25,000                          $250
$75,000                          $750
$137,000                        $1,370
$226,000                       $2,260
$250,000+                    $2,500

This means if your household income is $50,000 a year, your retreat tuition is $500; if your household income is $100,000 a year, your tuition is $1,000. If you do not have the financial means to pay on this sliding scale, please make a note of this in your application within the “extenuating circumstances” section of the tuition page. No one is turned away for lack of funds.

Tuition and iBme’s philosophy

Our current tuition structure is as progressive and equitable as possible while being as grounded in our current economic framework as necessary for financial sustainability.  Every household’s ability to pay the 1% tuition allows us to continue to offer this unique payment scale. $2,500 which is the actual cost to iBme for each teen on retreat, and we fundraise all year in order to ensure we can continue this policy.

We have compiled a more thorough description of how we arrived at our current tuition structure if you are curious about more detail: Our Vision for a Gift Economy.

Application Fee

A $35 nonrefundable application fee is required and applied toward your tuition.

Full Tuition, Payment Plans and Balance

Tuition to iBme may be paid with credit card or check. The full balance of the retreat tuition must be paid three weeks in advance of the retreat start.

We are happy to accommodate payment plans that work for you and your household. Please email registrar@ibme.com if you have any other questions!