Our program is highly individualized, and students are allowed to progress at their own self-defined pace. Because of this, there is no set time or total cost that can be applied to the program. A minimum of three years of academic work and a dissertation research study are required for the degree. The candidate should anticipate from four to six years of work prior to the awarding of the degree. Although the PhD program is designed for clinicians who intend to work in the field while they earn a degree, it should be emphasized that carrying a full-time workload will extend the time required to complete the program. Based on the 2017-2018 tuition of $18,190 and the estimated time of four to six years for completion of the doctoral program, the tuition cost is estimated at $72,760- $109,140, in addition to materials costs. Students are subject to any increases in tuition and fees in effect during the entire period of their enrollment. Please click here to view the full tuition and fee schedule.
Refunds Granted Students Prior to Beginning the Quarter
Upon written application for cancellation of the enrollment agreement, delivered to the Institute Office, either in person, by first class mail, or by email, by the seventh day after enrollment or through attendance at the first class session, whichever is later, the student shall be refunded all tuition monies paid to the school for that quarter except an amount not to exceed $100 which may be retained by the Institute as a registration fee. In the case of new students, the amount retained for application fees may not exceed $250.
Refunds Granted Students After the Quarter Has Begun
Students have the right to withdraw from the course of instruction at any time. Students who withdraw from the program during the course of any given quarter and have completed 60% or less of the course of instruction will be granted a pro rata tuition refund. For purposes of determining a refund, the withdrawal date will be the date that a written request for cancellation or withdrawal is received from the student at the Institute office. The refund will be made within 30 days of receipt of such request. The refund amount shall be the amount the student has paid for the quarter multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of hours of instruction for which the student has paid but not received and the denominator of which is the total number of hours of instruction for which the student has paid.
Example: Tuition for the quarter of $6,063.33 paid in advance in full.
Assuming a total of 50 hours of instruction in the quarter, if the student has completed 15 hours of instruction at the time of withdrawal, the student has paid for 35 hours of instruction that have not been received. The student would receieve a $4,244.33 refund. The number of hours of instruction in any given quarter will vary depending on where the student is in the program.
The Institute does not participate in, nor have any agreements with, any financial aid or loan programs, that is, no federal, state, local, or private aid or loan programs. If a student obtains a private loan to pay for an educational program, the student will have the responsibility to repay the full amount of the loan plus interest per the student’s agreement with the lender.
If the student obtains a loan to pay for an educational program, the student will have the responsibility to repay the full amount of the loan plus interest, less the amount of any refund. Since The Sanville Institute is not accredited, its students are not eligible for federally funded student loans. However, if the student is eligible for a loan guaranteed by the federal or state government and the student defaults on the loan, both of the following may occur: (1) The federal or state government or a loan guarantee agency may take action against the student, including applying any income tax refund to which the person is entitled to reduce the balance owed on the loan. (2) The student may not be eligible for any other federal student financial aid at another institution or other government assistance until the loan is repaid.
Bonne Bearson Memorial Fund
The scholarship associated with this Fund will be awarded to a student during their first or second year of the PhD program. Bonne was a student in our doctoral program from 1993 to 2000 and remained active with the Sanville community until her illness. She was a superb therapist, consultant, and supervisor, dedicating her life to helping others find joy and peace and self-understanding. She particularly cared about the needs of those less fortunate. Bonne’s family established this fund as a way to honor her love and people and her strong connection to The Sanville Institute and to ensure that Bonne’s name and legacy will continue to live on.
Elise Blumenfeld Memorial Fund
Elise Blumenfeld – or Lise as everyone called her – was a tireless advocate for and supporter of the Institute. This fund was established by her many friends to memorialize her years of devotion to the Sanville community. Lise had many passions and pet projects, among them maintaining high academic standards, writing, research, student recruitment, critical thinking, and well-being. In one of her later endeavors, she began work on an oral history project, interviewing senior clinical social workers in California about the interface between the personal, the professional, and the political. Because of her commitment to “stories” and to the power of narrative, we especially wish to focus the Fund on narrative qualitative research, a foundation of our curriculum and dissertation process.
Sanville Psychotherapy Services Financial Aid Fund
This fund is made possible through the generous volunteer contributions of time and talent by members of the Sanville community through their offer of low-cost, long – and short-term psychotherapy for master’s-level students studying to become LCSW or MFT psychotherapists. These volunteers – drawn from Institute alumni, faculty, and students – are experienced clinicians who are interested in cultural and cross-cultural issues and take a relational, strength-based approach. The income generated from their services is used for tuition credits for doctoral or certificate students who demonstrate financial need.