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Tuition and Financing

The Sustainable Design Institute

Sustainable Design Institute Tuition 
Credit $1,494
Audit $1,120

Tuition Discounts
Graduate Discount
There is a 50% discount for BAC graduates of degree and certificate programs when SDI courses are taken as continuing education.

Senior Discount
There is a 10% discount for students over the age of 60 when SDI courses are taken as continuing education.

To take advantage of discounts contact the Registrar's Office at 617.585.0135. Discounts cannot be combined, cannot be applied to audits, and do not apply to courses taken as part of a BAC degree program.


Tuition Assistance

Employer Reimbursement

The BAC can accept employer reimbursement if the employer issues a purchase order at the time of employee registration expressly stating that "all tuition and fees will be paid unconditionally upon receipt of an invoice from the BAC."
AmeriCorps, VA Funding, and Massachusetts Workforce Investment Act Funding

The BAC is able to assist students looking for funding. Contact registrar@the-bac.edu for more information.

Tuition Payment Options
Higher One Tuition Payment Plan

Students enrolled in certificate programs are eligible to participate in the Higher One Tuition Payment Plan. Higher One Tuition Payment Plan allows students to pay tuition expenses over a two month time span but is not a loan, so no interest is accrued. There is an application fee of $35.00. Students using Tuition Pay must register via phone. 
Alternative Private Loans

All BAC Professional & Continuing Education students are now eligible to use loans to help fund their studies. Private loans change from lender to lender, so it is important to research a number of options to see which one works best for you. Check here for a list of banks that will help finance your courses at the BAC.


Registration: Course registration is available via the Self-Service portal. Students who have taken a course at the BAC may already have an active account. Students can contact the IT help desk at 617.585.0191 to retrieve their user name and/or password. If a discount is to be applied or the student is located outside of the United States, registration must be done via phone by calling +1.617.585.0135. New students should create a new user account.

Requirements: Submission of an application form, current resume, $50.00 USD application fee, statement of purpose (250 words), and prior education. Applicants without a college degree but who possess professional experience are required to speak with a program director prior to application. Supplementary materials are to be submitted to registrar@the-bac.edu.

Certificate Completion

Upon completion and receipt of their final grade, students must submit a certificate clearance and request form. Certificates are issued on a monthly basis and will be mailed to the postal address provided on the form.

Transfer & Waiver Credits

Students may apply to receive transfer or waiver credit for prior college-level, credit bearing courses from an accredited academic institution. The amount of transfer/waiver credits accepted is determined on a program basis and is at the discretion of the Professional & Continuing Education administration. 

  • Transfer Credit
    Credit bearing courses that contain the majority of the learning objectives of a required BAC course. If accepted, transfer courses reduce the overall number of courses required by the program. Sample work may be requested for design credits.
  • Waiver Credit
    Credit bearing courses that contain some learning objectives of a required BAC course. If accepted, the wavier credits do not reduce the number of required credits, but allow an alternate course to be taken in place of a required course.

Application for transfer/waiver credit
Submit the following to registrar@the-bac.edu or via postal mail.

  • A transfer/waiver request form
  • Official, sealed transcripts from each institution for which credit is requested
  • A course syllabus or catalog description for each course

All materials must be received in order to complete an assessment. Applicants will be notified via email within 7–10 business days of a decision being made.