Tuition, Discounts and Guarantee

Tuition, Discounts and Money Back Guarantee

Consistent with our goal of maximizing access to high-quality lifelong liberal education opportunities, Great Discourses charges a modest standard tuition for most of its courses and offers “early bird” reduced tuition as well as a variety of tuition discounts and waivers for qualified students.

“Early Bird” Tuition

Register at least three weeks before the beginning of a term to receive a substantial reduction on both standard and discounted tuitions.


Multi-Student (Group) Discount

Register two or more previously-affiliated students for the same course section to receive a 25% tuition discount on the second and subsequent students. All registrations must be completed in one transaction.

Multi-Course Discount*

Register for two or more courses in the same term to receive a 25% tuition discount on the second and subsequent courses. All registrations must be completed in one transaction.

Referral Discount*

Students who complete a multi-week course are eligible for a one-time 25% tuition discount on their next multi-week course when they refer a new student who registers for a multi-week course. The new student referred also receives a one-time 25% tuition discount. Referral discounts are valid for one year.

Tuition discounts may not be combined.


Financial Need Waiver*

Persons of demonstrably-limited financial means are eligible for a 75% tuition waiver in one course per term. Please contact us for details.

Money Back Satisfaction Guarantee

We want all of our students to be completely satisfied with every educational experience at Great Discourses. For that reason we offer a money back satisfaction guarantee. If for any reason you are not satisfied with a course you are taking, you may withdraw before the beginning of the third class session for a full 100% refund. Once the third class session begins, however, no further refunds are given. Please contact us if you have questions, or to request a refund.  We’ll be happy to assist you.

Please Note

This information is correct as of 1 May 2015 and subject to change without notice. Great Discourses accepts registrations on a first-come, first-served basis but reserves the right to accept, refuse or cancel any registration for any reason at its sole discretion. All registrations are subject to Great Discourses’ “Terms & Conditions”.

* Great Discourses’ online registration system cannot currently process Multi-Course Registration and Referral Discounts, or Financial Need Waivers. To have these discounts and waivers properly applied to your tuition, you must register by email or telephone. Please contact us for more information. We’ll be happy to assist you.