The SFI fee policy is built on three pillars: personal contribution (how much money you put in), volunteer hours (time you put back into the program), and sponsorships (people who come alongside to support you financially). Every participant will benefit from all three pillars.

Personal contribution: The cost for each student is $1,000, which includes a trained facilitator, curriculum and books, supplies, a weekly meal, child care, special events, and graduation. Every participant will be expected to contribute at least $100 toward the program, including at least a $5 deposit to be received upon acceptance into the program. A payment schedule will be custom-designed to meet each participant’s needs.

Volunteer hours: If participants are unable to pay the entire tuition, volunteer hours are required to make up the difference. Depending on how much additional support is required, a sliding scale will be administered to those who need more support, not to exceed 80 hours. Each volunteer hour will be credited at $11.25 per hour. A volunteer schedule will be designed to meet each participant’s needs.

Sponsorships: Depending on how much additional support is required, we are committed to finding sponsors to ensure successful participation. With the help of sponsors and volunteer assignments, we will work with each participant to design a personal, fair, and manageable plan.

Payment Plans: Each participant will help design and then sign a Financial Contract that will indicate personal contribution and volunteer hours and assignments.

— To enter the program, all participants must put down at least a $5 deposit (however, we recommend a $25 deposit) and sign a Financial Contract.

— All contracts will stipulate that payment plans must be completed before beginning the third quarter.

— Participants will be expected to be proactive about any difficulties that may occur. Failure to comply with the Financial Contract will result in dismissal from the program with no refunds.

— Participants who must drop out, and communicate early and clearly about needs, will be accommodated as much as possible. If they choose to start again with another cohort, past payments may be credited to a new contract.