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Tuition Policy & Procedure – last updated 9-8-22

Tuition

1.  Pricing and Payment Schedule

Tiernan Irish Dancers offers two payment options:  one-time full payment per year or four quarterly payments per year.  There is a 5% discount for paying the year in full in a single payment.  Tiernan only charges tuition for the two dancers in the highest level of dancing in each family — additional dancers in the family are free.  River is the lowest level.

Note:  The quarterly option is offered for your billing convenience, not as a class attendance option.  Much like your academic school, tuition ensures your dancer’s spot in Tiernan’s year-long program, regardless of classes missed.

Annual (one-time full payment with 5% discount):
River class is $410.40; any other class is $513

Quarterly installments (4 times per year):
River class is $108 ($432 total per year); any other class is $135 ($540 total per year)
Payments are due on:
Sept. 15th (1st quarter)
Dec. 15th (2nd quarter)
Mar. 15th (3rd quarter)
June 15th (4th quarter)

2.  Billing

Quarterly invoices are mailed on the final day of the month prior to the billing month.  For example, invoices for 2nd quarter will be mailed by Nov. 30th.  Invoices will NOT be mailed for the 1st quarter.

Payments are due by the 15th day of the billing month.

For tuition, we accept personal checks, cashier’s checks, money orders and payments through Zelle.

Overdue
If no payment is received by the 15th day of the month following the billing month, you will be notified by either phone or e-mail (or regular mail, if these options are not available).  For example, if no payment is received by Jan. 15th for the Dec. 15th billing period (2nd quarter), you will be informed that your account is “past due”.
If your account is still not paid within two weeks after the late notice date, you will receive a final notice requesting full payment before the beginning of the next tuition quarter.  If current tuition is not paid for the quarter, your Parent Portal privileges will be revoked and your dancer will not be allowed to participate at our school until your account is settled.  These families will be notified by the bookkeeper as well as the area parent volunteer and a list of these students will be given to the teachers to refer to at class.

Tuition must be paid even if classes are missed.
3.  Registration

A dancer must be officially registered in our school to attend any Tiernan classes or special events.

4.  “Good Standing”

It is important that Tiernan families remain in “good standing”.  Should a dancer not be properly registered or is financially behind in payments, they may be prohibited from attending classes.  Please note that tuition is paid to reserve a spot in the Tiernan program.  Fees are not charged based on a dancer’s presence or absence in class – tuition must be paid even if classes are missed.  In addition, if a dancer chooses to take off an extended period of time for personal reasons (i.e., summer vacation, etc.), the dancer will lose their spot in the program and must re-apply at the next open registration.  Severe delinquency can also affect a dancer’s ability to enter competitions, as this is not just a Tiernan policy but one of the Irish Dance Teachers Association.

5.  Special Situations

If your family has special financial needs, please contact Janna Henry to arrange a payment plan.  She can be reached by phone at 708-805-0194 (cell) or via email at jannahenry@sbcglobal.net

6.  Injury Policy

In the unfortunate event that a dancer is injured, we ask that the dancer continues to come to class to observe.  We have learned that dancers retain as much, if not more, by watching the class from the teacher’s perspective.  Each dancer also brings a unique and important energy as a member of the class.  It is important that this energy is not lost for the good of the class or the dancer in question.  Also note that there is no discount for missed classes.  Please consult your teacher in the case of an injury lasting 12 weeks or more.

7.  Withdrawal From Program

If you wish to withdraw your dancer from the Tiernan program, please leave a message for Janna Henry at 708-805-0194.  You may also email this information to her at jannahenry@sbcglobal.net.  Please confirm the date of your dancer’s last attended class and let us know the specific reason for withdrawing.  We need to know if the dancer is going to stay on our mailing list for future enrollment and we are always anxious to hear ways we can improve our program.  Your family will be responsible for tuition expenses until this procedure has been followed.

PLEASE NOTE:  Refunds will be issued only on a full quarter basis.  For example, if a student withdraws during any part of a quarter, you will be refunded only the amount paid beyond that quarter.  You will not receive a refund for the remainder of the quarter in which you withdrew.  Exception:  First year dancers will receive a refund beginning with the next full month of that quarter.
8.  Payment

You may pay tuition online or offline.  However, you will not be able to pay online unless you have an account on our website.  You will receive instructions on how to make registration and tuition payments after your account has been approved, whether you have submitted your application using our Website and School Application Form or offline via printed PDF forms.