Tuition and Fees
Tuition ranges from $198 to $498 per course. Tuition for each course must be paid in full before enrollment is fully activated.
- If paid by credit card via OST’s web-based enrollment system, the enrollment is processed immediately, and you may begin work on the course right away.
- If paid by check, wire transfer, or money order, the enrollment will be processed and courses may be started once payment is received in full.
If you are pursuing a Certificate of Professional Development, you can pay tuition for all courses at one time and have all courses available for completion immediately, or you can pay for and take the courses within the certificate series individually.
Additional Mandatory and Optional Non-Refundable Fees
Mandatory Registration Fee: Upon enrollment in one or more courses, an additional mandatory registration fee will be charged. This fee is non-refundable after 7 days. The fee amount will total 20% of tuition, up to no more than $200 per transaction. This fee takes care of administrative costs for the duration of the enrollment period, which is 6 months per non-certificate enrollment or 12 months per certificate series.
Optional Fees: If you reach the end of the enrollment period listed in your Enrollment Agreement and wish to continue completion of your coursework or keep your portfolio account, you may do so by paying a non-refundable fee to extend your Learning Sandbox and extra back-end account access for 6 months at a time, for a total of up to two years. Currently, the fee cost ranges from $59.70 to $269.40 for six months, depending on the types of accounts needed to complete your coursework.
Reinstatement Fee: If you are voluntarily or involuntarily withdrawn from your program and you want to be reinstated to an active status, you may be assessed a $50.00 non-refundable fee, plus any tuition increases that have occurred since the original enrollment tuition. You will also be required to meet the current academic requirements and standards established by OST. Previously completed coursework may be transferred into the current program when possible and applicable.
California Mandatory Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) Fee: If you are a California resident as defined in the below Student Tuition Recovery Fund section, you may be assessed a mandatory state STRF fee of $.50 per $1000 of institutional charges. This fee is non-refundable after 7 days. You must pay the state-imposed assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) if all of the following applies to you:
- You are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition either by cash, guaranteed student loans, or personal loans.
- Your total charges are not paid by any third-party payer such as an employer, government program, or other payer unless you have a separate agreement to repay the third party.
You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if either of the following applies:
- You are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program.
- Your total charges are paid by a third party, such as an employer, government program, or other payer, and you have no separate agreement to repay the third party.
Safari Books Online Library Fee: As an OST student, you may choose to purchase access to OST’s Library service, Safari Books Online, at a 30% discount after the first 7 days of your enrollment. The discounted fee for choosing this optional service is $19.95 per month (discounted from $27.99 per month) for 10 books and videos per month or $30.09 per month (discounted from $42.99 per month) on unlimited books and videos per month. The use of Safari Books Online is purely optional and is non-refundable.
NOTICE: All tuition and fee amounts are subject to change without notice. OST reserves the right to refuse admission, continuation, or reinstatement to any student.
Student Right To Cancel
In compliance with California state law, as an OST student you have the right to cancel your enrollment agreement and obtain a refund of charges paid through attendance at the first class session, or the seventh day after enrollment, whichever is later. The moment your admission is processed at OST, all lessons, course materials, tools and assignments are immediately transmitted and made available to you; therefore, the first class session begins the same day your enrollment agreement is executed. For this reason, you have the right to cancel your entire enrollment agreement, and all courses within it, for a 100% refund of all charges paid, through the seventh day after that date. This cancellation policy is in compliance with the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.
To cancel this agreement and withdraw from ALL courses listed in that agreement within the 7-day grace period, log in to your Student Start Page (https://oreillyschool.com/student/) and follow the instructions listed under “Cancel Your Enrollment Agreement.” You may be asked to fill out a short survey and cancellation form. You may also notify OST via email; however, California state law requires all cancellation notifications to be made in writing, so we cannot accept phone or other verbal cancellations. Once you have submitted this form, you will receive the agreed-upon refund amount as soon as possible; within 30 days of the date your form is received by OST.
If you opt to cancel, you will not be eligible for course completion, Continuing Education Units, or Certificate graduation, regardless of the percentage of coursework completed.
If after 7 days you are still enrolled in 1 or more courses listed in the Enrollment Agreement, the following refund policy will apply, in compliance with the California Bureau for Private Post-Secondary Education:
- The registration fee of 20% tuition (up to $200 maximum) paid is non-refundable.
- If you are a California resident as defined by the Student Tuition Recovery Fund section in the course catalog, the STRF fee is non-refundable.
- If you withdraw from any course within the enrollment period listed above and have completed less than 60% of that course, you are entitled to a prorated refund of that course based on the percentage of the course not yet completed.
- The completion percentage is based on the number of assignments (quizzes or projects) that have been handed in at least once, divided by the total number of assignments in that course. Due to the self-paced nature of courses and periodic course updates, the number of assignments for a course may change at any time.
- If you have completed 60% or more of a course, you are no longer entitled to a refund for that course.
- After the enrollment period listed in your Enrollment Agreement has passed, no refunds will be issued for any course tuition or registration fees, regardless of completion percentage. If additional time is requested to complete courses, extension fees may apply as described above.
- If you withdraw from a course and then re-enroll at a later date, full tuition and registration fees may apply, regardless of previous completion and/or refund percentage.
To withdraw from any or all courses after the initial 7-day period, log into your Student Start Page (https://oreillyschool.com/student/) and follow the instructions under “Withdraw from Course.”
You may be asked to fill out a short survey and sign a cancellation form agreeing to the amount of the refund that will be applied and verifying that you understand the implication of withdrawing and re-enrolling at a later day. You may also notify OST via email; however, California state law requires all withdrawal notifications to be made in writing, so we cannot accept phone or other verbal cancellations. Within 30 days from the date we receive this signed and dated form, OST will remit the agreed-upon refund amount.
Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)
The State of California created the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic losses suffered by students in educational programs who are California residents, or are enrolled in a residency program attending certain schools regulated by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.
You may be eligible for STRF if you are a California resident or are enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:
- The school closed before the course of instruction was completed.
- The school failed to pay refunds or charges on behalf of a student to a third party for license fees or any other purpose, or to provide equipment or materials for which a charge was collected within 180 days before the closure of the school.
- The school failed to pay or reimburse loan proceeds as required by law or to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the school prior to closure in excess of tuition and other costs.
- There was a material failure to comply with the Act or this Division within 30 days before the school closed or, if the material failure began earlier than 30 days prior to closure, the period determined by the Bureau.
- An inability after diligent efforts to prosecute, prove, and collect on a judgement against the institution for a violation of the Act.
However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or a taxpayer identification number.
To qualify for STRF reimbursement, students must file an STRF application within one year of receiving notice from the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education stating that an institution has been closed. If a notice is not received from the bureau, students have four years from the date of an institution’s closure to file an STRF application. If a judgement is obtained, an STRF application must be filed within two years of a final judgement. Students should retain copies of enrollment agreements, receipts, financial aid documents, or any other information that documents monies paid to an institution. Questions regarding STRF may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818.
Obligations for Tuition Assistance
OST does not offer scholarships, grants, student loans, or tuition assistance of any kind. However, we are happy to assist you in filling out paperwork for any outside tuition assistance you may use for your OST education.
If you obtain outside tuition assistance or financial aid in order to pay for OST courses, then you are obligated to abide by the rules set forth by the institution, corporation, or organization providing those funds. These obligations include, but are not limited to, full repayment of all loans and interest, as well as repayment of any funds in the event of incomplete, withdrawn, or refunded courses. OST shall not be responsible for repayment of any financial aid or tuition assistance to any outside party.
If you are eligible for a loan guaranteed by the federal or state government and you default on the loan, both of the following may occur:
- The federal or state government or a loan guarantee agency may take action against you, including applying any income tax refund to which you are entitled to reduce the balance owed on the loan.
- You may not be eligible for any other federal student financial aid at another institution or other government assistance until the loan is repaid.
Tax Deductions for Educational Expenses
U.S. Treasury Regulation 1.162.5 permits an income tax deduction for educational expenses (registration fees, costs of travel, meals, and lodging) undertaken to:
- Maintain or improve skills required in one’s employment or trade or business.
- Meet specific requirements of an employer or law imposed as a condition to retention of employment, job status, or rate of compensation.
Please check with your tax preparer, advisor, CPA, and/or the Internal Revenue Service.
When you enroll in courses or programs, OST must collect all tuition and registration fees before you can complete the admissions process. There are several ways you may submit payment:
- Payment via credit card: OST accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover, through a secure SSL Connection, using the PCI-Compliant Braintree Payment Processor. You may enter your credit card information through our secure online enrollment form. You will be directed to an electronic version of the enrollment agreement, which you will need to sign and submit electronically. If you pay in this manner and meet all the admissions requirements, your courses or programs will become immediately available to you.
- Payment via invoice: If you pay by invoice, you will need to download and print PDF versions of the enrollment agreement and invoice presented to you in the online enrollment form. Using this method, your registration will be listed as “pending,” and the admissions process will not be complete until OST receives and processes your payment and supporting documentation. When you choose the invoice method of payment, the invoice may also be paid in several ways:
- Check, Money Order, or Cashier’s Check. Any of these three forms of payment are acceptable only if sent by a financial institution that is recognized as valid in the U.S. and written in the form of U.S. Dollars. Payment must be made out to “O’Reilly School of Technology” and sent for the total amount of the OST invoice presented by the enrollment interface, along with a hard copy of the invoice, all signed agreements, and any required supporting documentation to the following address:
- Purchase Order. Some organizations require a purchase order (P.O.) to be produced before a payment can be remitted. In this case, the enrollment interface contains a feature that allows you to add a purchase order number to the online invoice. You will be responsible for the creation of the P.O. at your organization, the addition of the P.O. number to the OST invoice, and for following through with company payment. However, our Student Services personnel are happy to assist you and/or your manager or other organizational staff in the process. OST will not process your enrollment until full payment and all required admission documents are received and processed using the same procedures as those for checks, money orders, or cashier’s checks.
- Wire Transfer. This form of payment is acceptable only if sent by a financial institution that is recognized as valid in the U.S. and in the form of either U.S. Dollars or a currency that can be converted to U.S. Dollars automatically during the transfer process. Also, the transfer amount must be sufficient to cover any external wire transfer fees, in addition to the total amount listed in the OST invoice. If you wish to use this method of payment, you must contact our Student Services team via email or phone. The Student Services team member will then provide the wire transfer information and instructions. Your enrollment will be considered “pending” until full payment is received and processed by OST.
- Credit Card. As an alternative to the methods listed above, you can complete your admissions process online via credit card payment. Because you are provided access to the Student Start Page upon registration and pending enrollment, you may utilize that web-based interface to view your invoice and enrollment agreements online. If you wish, you can then electronically sign the enrollment agreements and pay the invoice via credit card, using the same online verification procedures that would have been used had you originally chosen the credit card form of payment during the enrollment process. If you pay in this manner and meet all the admissions requirements, your courses or programs will become immediately available to you.
OST occasionally offers a limited-time discount on tuition for some courses. When offered, these discounts are available to everyone and are published on the OST website with specific start and end dates.
Past Due Obligations
Since students are not admitted into OST courses or programs until after full payment is received, there are no past due obligations.