Payment Options and Policies

Externally Accredited Degree and Diploma Programs

Applications are required to enroll in the Bachelor's, Master's and Post-Graduate Diploma programs. Follow the link to the "Apply Now" page, fill out your application and pay your application fee. Once your application has been reviewed you will be invited to an interview. If accepted you will receive an official acceptance letter which will outline your payment options in detail.

Diploma Programs

To enroll, go to the registration page, fill out the form and then follow the link to pay your fees. You will receive an enrollment confirmation letter with additional program and payment details. The International Diploma of Permaculture Design requires the completion of a Permaculture Design course (PDC). You will be asked to present your certificate of completion of the PDC when you receive your enrollment letter. 

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Online Courses and Certificate Enrollment

To register for one course or the Online Orientation, please follow this link to our Catalog and choose your options there.

Tuition Fee Price Guarantee

We guarantee that the price of your program will not increase as long as you move through your program at the baseline pace of 12 months per phase (24 months for BSc1 associates). If you choose to manage your program such that it increases the time it takes you to complete a phase (by adding pause or extension months), we reserve the right to assess fees at current rates when you move into your Capstone Phase. 

We keep our programs as affordable as possible but sometimes changes in fees are unavoidable. As we grow, we anticipate the possibility of lowering fees, particularly for economically challenged associates. We thank you in advance for your understanding.

Payment Plans 

Degree associates have the following tuition payment plan options:

Bi-Annual Payment Plan Option - 2% discount

  • Payment 1 is due no later than 15 days before the start of the orientation program
  • Payment 2 is due 6 months after the start of the orientation
  • Remaining payments are made once every six months thereafter

Quarterly Payment Plan Option (standard)

  • Payment 1 is due no later than 15 days before the start of the orientation program
  • Payment 2 is due three months after the start of the orientation
  • Remaining payments are made once every quarter thereafter

Monthly Payment Plan Option (includes a small monthly admin fee)

  • Payment 1 is due no later than 15 days before the start of the orientation program
  • Payment 2 is due one month after the start of the orientation
  • Remaining payments are made once every month thereafter

Pay-as-You-Go Payment Plan

  • Each program element has been organized into packets. Pay for each packet when you are ready and able to engage in it

Diploma associates have the following tuition payment plan options:

Annual Payment Plan Option - 2% discount

  • Payment 1 is due no later than 15 days before the start of the orientation program
  • Payment 2 is due 6 months after the start of the orientation
  • Remaining payments are made once every six months thereafter

Bi-Annual Payment Plan Option (standard)

  • Payment 1 is due no later than 15 days before the start of the orientation program
  • Payment 2 is due 6 months after the start of the orientation
  • Remaining payments are made once every six months thereafter

Quarterly Payment Plan Option (includes a small monthly admin fee)

  • Payment 1 is due no later than 15 days before the start of the orientation program
  • Payment 2 is due three months after the start of the orientation
  • Remaining payments are made once every quarter thereafter

Pay-as-You-Go Payment Plan

  • Each program element has been organized into packets. Pay for each packet when you are ready and able to engage in it

Deposit  (does not apply to Pay-as-You-Go Payment Plan)

Upon acceptance to Gaia University International, degree program associates who wish to enroll pay a deposit of $500 to secure their place. For diploma associates, a $250 non-refundable deposit is embedded in the first payment.

Please consult the Tuition Charts By Program page for exact tuition costs. Exact payment amounts will vary depending upon your program, program year, and the payment plan you choose. Your acceptance or enrollment letter will clearly spell out your options.

For any required courses that are not offered by Gaia University you will make arrangements directly with the host and venue. Food, lodging, course fees, and travel expenses are your own responsibility.  Partial work trades are sometimes available.

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Cancelation and Refund Policy:

Cancelation by Gaia U

  • Gaia University reserves the right to cancel a program if fewer than 15 participants are enrolled
  • Those who have registered for the canceled program will receive a 100% refund of all registration or tuition fees paid or can choose to apply those fees to another program
  • Gaia University is not responsible for fees incurred other than those paid to Gaia University during the registration process

Cancellation by the associate/participant - Program Registration

The following outlines our refund policy for associates enrolled in one of our degree, diploma or certificate programs:

Deposit:  

A person enrolled in the program may cancel and receive 50% of their deposit paid if the cancelation was received in writing 30 days (or more) before the start of the first module of the program. After the 30-day time limit has passed, no deposit refunds will be made.

Other Tuition Fees Paid (on top of deposit)

  • Prior to start of first online module: 100% refund
  • One month after online orientation starts: 100% refund of any tuition fees paid above 1st module of online orientation
  • After first month: We will refund based on a prorated system according to your payment plan less a 10% admin fee. Tuition fees are time-based (# of In Program months used), not service-based (i.e. # of Main Advising hours used). No refunds are available on monthly payment plans

Cancelation by the associate/participant - Online Course Module Registration

  • A person enrolled in a stand-alone online course module may cancel and receive a full refund of fees paid under the following conditions:
  • Cancelations must be in writing and received 30 days (or more) before the start of the module
  • An administrative fee of 10% of the amount previously paid by the participant will be deducted from the refund.
  • After the 30-day time limit has passed, no refunds will be made. The only option is to receive credit that can be applied to a different module or program

Cancelation by the associate/participant - Event Registration

The following outlines our refund policy for participants enrolled in one of our Gather-In Events:

  • A person enrolled in the program may cancel and receive a partial refund of fees paid under the following conditions:
    • Cancelations received  in writing  30 days (or more) before the start of event:  100% refund less an administrative fee of $100 
    • Cancelations received  in writing  15-29 days before the start of event:  50% refund 
    • After the 15-day time limit has passed, no refunds will be made. The only option is to apply the amount to another Gaia U program, in accordance with Registration Change Policy below.

Registration Change Policy

Participants registered for an event will not receive any refund after the 15-day limit.

Participants who would like to postpone the beginning of their program or online course module have one year to rejoin, under the following economic conditions:

To postpone the beginning of the program: The associate may postpone the beginning of the program, module or event, paying any increase in fees that may have occurred. Degree associates must do so within the dates specified in their Acceptance Letters before having to reapply. That restriction does not apply to diploma associates, module participants or event attendees.

Payment Methods

Gaia University accepts personal and cashier's checks, credit card payments, and domestic & international wire transfers.

feet on logCredit Card Payments:

Credit card payments are made via Paypal and carry an administrative fee of 3% of the payment amount. Please visit the Paypal button on the home page to make a payment.

Checks:

Make checks payable to Gaia University and mail to the address below:

Gaia University
P.O. Box 3102
Boulder, CO 80307
USA

Wire Transfers:

Gaia University accepts both domestic and international bank transfers. International bank transfers carry an administrative fee of $15 that must be added to the payment amount. Documents with complete instructions are available for download below.