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Our creative education is tailored for you, so are our financing options.

Financing Details

School of Design Certificate

SIMPLE

One-Time Payment

• Lowest tuition rate

• Best-value for your education

Dropout Policy: 90% refund of your entire tuition if you drop out within 1 week; 50% refund of your entire tuition if you drop out after 1 week; 25% refund f your entire tuition if you drop out after 2 weeks and no refund of your entire tuition after 3 weeks of enrollment. Exceptions with customized refund will only be granted with proof of extreme financial hardship, which requires a separate application and review process.

Have Questions? We are here to answer them for you.
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MERITIZE, U.S. Only

Deferred Tuition Agreement

If you are financing through deferred tuition agreement, you will not qualify for scholarships due to financial risks we assume for this type of financing.

• You apply for approval with our financing partner. Upon approval, you start learning with $0 down. 

• Your interest rates are varied based on your Merit Score, which is a comprehensive scoring system based on many factors, not just your FICO score. 

• You can defer your tuition repayment for up to 18 months after graduation. 

• Only available to U.S. based students at this time

Dropout Policy: 75% refund of your tuition if you drop out before or on 25% completion of the course; 50% refund if you have completed more than 25% of the course but less than 50% of the course; 25% refund if you have completed more than 50% but less than 75% of the course. If you have completed more than 75% of the course, there is no refund. 

Available Worldwide

Payment Installments

• Split your tuition payment evenly into 6 or 8 smaller payments

• Pay $850/month or $660/month

• Pay it off over 6 months

• No early payment penalty

• Auto payment setup is required

• Enrollment may be terminated if auto-payment fails and no action is taken after a 5 calendar day grace period upon notice

Dropout Policy: Based on the total monthly payment you already submitted, you will receive a 90% refund if you drop out within 1 week; 50% refund if you drop out after 1 week; 25% refund if you drop out after 2 weeks and no refund after 3 weeks of enrollment. Exceptions with customized refund will only be granted with proof of extreme financial hardship, which requires a separate application and review process.

Total Payment

$4,800

One-time upfront payment rate or $499 per course
Upfront Payment
$0
Your Total Payment is

$4,800+Interest

Deferred Tuition Agreement rate
Monthly Payment

$850

For 6 Months
Your Total Payment is

$5,100

Payment Installment rate
Monthly Payment

$660

For 8 Months
Your Total Payment is

$5,280

Payment Installment rate

Split School of Design Tuition For 12 Months. 0 Interest.

Knoma is partnered with Path Unbound to offer a 0-interest tuition plan for UK-resident students.

Portfolio School Express Track

Simple

One-Time Payment

• Lowest tuition rate

• Best-value for your education

Dropout Policy: 90% refund of your entire tuition if you drop out within 1 week; 50% refund of your entire tuition if you drop out after 1 week; 25% refund f your entire tuition if you drop out after 2 weeks and no refund of your entire tuition after 3 weeks of enrollment. Exceptions with customized refund will only be granted with proof of extreme financial hardship, which requires a separate application and review process.

Available Worldwide

Payment Installments

• Split your tuition payment evenly into 6 smaller payments

• Pay $220/month

• Pay it off over 6 months

• No early payment penalty

• Auto payment setup is required

• Enrollment may be terminated if auto-payment fails and no action is taken after a 5-day grace period upon notice

Dropout Policy: Based on the total monthly payment you already submitted, you will receive a 90% refund if you drop out within 1 week; 50% refund if you drop out after 1 week; 25% refund if you drop out after 2 weeks and no refund after 3 weeks of enrollment. Exceptions with customized refund will only be granted with proof of extreme financial hardship, which requires a separate application and review process.

Your Total Payment is

$1,200

One-Time Payment Rate
Your Monthly Payment is

$220

Your Total Payment is

$1320

Payment Installment Rate

Portfolio School Kickstart Track

SIMPLE

One-Time Payment

• Lowest tuition rate

• Best-value for your education

Dropout Policy: 90% refund of your entire tuition if you drop out within 1 week; 50% refund of your entire tuition if you drop out after 1 week; 25% refund f your entire tuition if you drop out after 2 weeks and no refund of your entire tuition after 3 weeks of enrollment. Exceptions with customized refund will only be granted with proof of extreme financial hardship, which requires a separate application and review process.

Have Questions? We are here to answer them for you.
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MERITIZE, U.S. Only

Deferred Tuition Agreement

• You apply for approval with our financing partner. Upon approval, you start learning with $0 down.

• Your interest rates are varied based on your Merit Score, which is a comprehensive scoring system based on many factors, not just your FICO score. 

• You can defer your tuition repayment for up to 18 months after graduation. 

• Only available to U.S. based students at this time

Dropout Policy: 75% refund of your tuition if you drop out before or on 25% completion of the course; 50% refund if you have completed more than 25% of the course but less than 50% of the course; 25% refund if you have completed more than 50% but less than 75% of the course. If you have completed more than 75% of the course, there is no refund. 

Available Worldwide

Payment Installments

• Split your tuition payment evenly into 6 smaller payments

• Pay $400/month

• Pay it off over 6 months

• No early payment penalty

• Auto payment setup is required

• Enrollment may be terminated if auto-payment fails and no action is taken after a 5-day grace period upon notice

Dropout Policy: Based on the total monthly payment you already submitted, you will receive a 90% refund if you drop out within 1 week; 50% refund if you drop out after 1 week; 25% refund if you drop out after 2 weeks and no refund after 3 weeks of enrollment. Exceptions with customized refund will only be granted with proof of extreme financial hardship, which requires a separate application and review process.

Your Total Payment is

$2,280

One-time upfront payment rate
Your Upfront Payment is
$0
Your Total Payment is

$2,280 + Interest

Deferred Tuition Agreement rate
Your Monthly Payment is

$400

Your Total Payment is

$2,400

Payment Installment rate

Split Portfolio Kickstart Tuition For 12 Months. 0 Interest.

Knoma is partnered with Path Unbound to offer a 0-interest tuition plan for UK-resident students.

Why Financing Your Education With Us Is Easier and Better

Unlike many other schools, our deferred tuition agreement does not base repayment on your future salaries. We set a transparent payment cap so you know exactly how much you will be paying. Your paymemt won’t balloon up if you start to make more money – you deserve to keep the reward of your hard work and not fall prey to exploitative financing terms.

One of our main mission is to make creative education more affordable and that is what we deliever. When we price our tuition, we made sure that students get the best education with the best value. Feel free to compare our tuition with “the big guys”.

Unlike many other schools, we do not make false job guanratees that are nothing but a marketing gimmick.While we are confident that what you learned at Path Unbound will be up to date, highly-effective and wonderfully creative, we do not make empty promises to get you in the door. We operate with honesty from Day One and that is what we will continue to do. Only you can make your own way – no one can give you a promise.

Scholarships

Diversity & Financial Need Scholarships

We actively promote diversity and inclusion in design. We have a diversity scholarship for students who identify as any of the following.

• People of Color

• LGBTQAIA+

Eligibility:

School of Design students (one-time payment and monthly payment plan financing only, excluding deferred tuition agreement)

Portfolio School program students (Kickstart track only)

*Individual courses are not eligible for scholarships.

In addition, you must also show demonstrated financial need:

• Gross Annual Income Under $40k (proof of income required)

30% Scholarship

General Financial Need Scholarships

For students who do not qualify for the diversity scholarship, apply if you meet the following criteria demonstrating financial need.

Students with disabilities may also apply under this category if you meet the financial need requirements since we do not have a separate category.

• Gross Annual Income Under $30k (proof of income required)

Eligibility:

School of Design students (one-time payment and monthly payment plan financing only, excluding deferred tuition agreement)

Portfolio School program students (Kickstart track only)

*Individual courses are not eligible for scholarships.

30% Scholarship

FAQs

Extended programs include School of Design and Portfolio School are eligible for financing (in addition to scholarships). Individual courses are not available for financing or scholarships.

No, individual courses only offer the one-time payment option due to their lower costs.

We want to democratize design education. You shouldn't have to break the bank to learn the skills you need. No one should be in debt because they went to get an education (uh-hum, college...).

Design makes everything better. We want to help more people get into the field so that we can make more great and beautiful things.

 

We have a small team that supports a large number of students. We intend to keep our company small so we can best serve our students with the best quality education content without any fluff or markup in operation costs.

 

We also work with trusted partners in education financing that provides multiple ways for you to finance your education. Unlike other schools, when we offer deferred tuition agreements, we set a repayment cap so that you will never have to pay more than that amount. We also work with partners to make sure your repayment is not based on your future salary, which means you know exactly what amount you will be paying back, instead of being preyed upon by exploitative ISA agreements that take a percentage out of your future salary.

 

We also provide simple monthly payments that could help alleviate your financial burden for those who wishes to make monthly payments to save on the total amount they will pay.

 

We are always here to help students work out the best way to finance their education. If you have questions or a custom request, please reach out to us to discuss.

We partner with Meratas, a trusted provider for deferred tuition agreement for students in the US. For UK residents, we have partnered with Knoma, a provider of 12-month split payment plan with 0 interest.

If live outside of the US or UK, or you'd like to simply make even monthly payments, you have the option of choosing our in-house Monthly Payment plan financing method. Your method of payment will be charged a recurring monthly payment (see monthly payment column in the financing table for your program on this page). If your payment fails for any given month, your enrollment may be terminated. You will be given a 5 day grace period to resubmit your payment after our courtesy notice to avoid enrollment disruption.

Deferred Tuition Agreement is a form of tuition financing that allows students to attend educational programs without upfront payment. The agreement is that once a student secures employment or hits a predefined grace period after graduation (60 days in our case), they will start making the agreed-upon monthly payment until the maximum payment cap is reached.

 

Our deferred tuition agreement plan is designed to maximize benefits to students without the exploitative nature of similar plans from other schools. There is a down payment required to mitigate our financial risks. In turn, you will not be paying more than the maximum payment cap, nor will your payment amount be based on a percentage of your salary.

 

Due to the nature of this type of financing, students will be paying the most amount in total using this option compared to upfront payment or even-split monthly payment.

 

This financing option is currently only available to students in the U.S. To apply for Deferred Tuition Agreement financing for either the School of Design certificate program or the Portfolio School Kickstart Track, please submit your application here.

Monthly payment plans work like subscriptions that have an expiration date. You are splitting the total amount of tuition evenly over a number of months. Auto payment setup is required and failure of payment methods in any given month will result in termination of enrollment after 5 days of grace period has passed. This financing option is available to students worldwide.

 

Compared to deferred tuition agreement, students will be paying less with this option in total but will be paying more in total compared to upfront one-time payment.

 

Students on deferred tuition plans make a down payment on their tuition. No other payment is required until they graduate with a job and that the job hits the minimum salary floor or once they hit the predefined grace period (in our case, it is 60 days after graduation).

 

Students on a monthly payment plan immediately starts making even-split monthly payment as soon as they enroll.

We partnered with trusted financial providers to provide deferred tuition agreement solution to our students. They will reach out to you regarding all the financial documents you need to provide.

Due to the fact that monthly payment plan is available to students worldwide, we do not conduct credit check as each country has its own system. However, as it works like a subscription plan with an expiration date, if payment is not submitted on any given month, enrollment will be terminated after a 5-days grace period.

We partner with trusted financial providers for your deferred tuition plan process. We have no access to your financial information. Our partner has their own privacy policy - please discuss with representatives from our financing partner to learn how they handle your financial information.

If you fail to make a monthly payment for the Deferred Tuition Agreement, you will need to refer to the terms listed on the contract when you apply with our financing provider. They will list the options in the contract - make sure you read through them carefully and arrange a call with them in case anything is confusing. We do not get involved in the collection process directly.

 

If you fail to make a monthly payment for the monthly payment plan financing, you will be given a courtesy notice. After 5 days of grace period, your enrollment will be terminated until your payment is provided to us again.

For sure, we are always happy to answer questions! Simply reach out to us to set up a discussion.

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Before You Go

Do you know that you may qualify for a 30% scholarship to reduce your tuition?