How Our Tuition Compares to Other Schools

How Our Tuition Compares to Other Schools

There are so many different options for language learning programs, and with that number come just as many different tuition values. Remember that old saying, “You get what you pay for”? Let’s look at what that means when it comes to language learning programs and how it makes Optimus Language School your best choice. 

There essentially three different tiers that programs can be sorted into: high-end, mid-level, and low-end. 

With high-end programs (such as Kaplan, EF, or ELS Language Centers), you are paying a high price because of the brand name recognition. To some people, having others recognize the school they studied at is just as important as the quality of education they received. At schools like these, you can expect to pay an average of around $1,500-$2,000 a month and have approximately 12-15 students in class. 

Then there are the mid-level schools with less brand name recognition but good quality and variable prices that range from around $1,000 to $1,500 a month. This is the category in which Optimus Language School falls. Though there are many other schools in this same category, there is one major difference: the average number of students in class at other mid-level schools will often still be 12-15, whereas we cap our classes at 8 students max (and many of our students choose to sign up for our popular 4-student classes). This means that Optimus is a prime opportunity within this mid-level tuition category to get a personalized, high-quality language learning experience. 

Finally, there are the low-end schools, which tend to serve a specific purpose of just allowing students on F-1 visas to maintain their status for a cheap tuition of only $500-$600 a month. These classes will pile 15-20 students in each class with little concern over attendance, participation, or progress. The goal is simply to maintain status and maybe learn something along the way. These schools often provide even cheaper rates if you sign up for night classes. You can expect the quality of the education program to match their lack of interest in your individual educational needs. 

Although you can see a huge difference in tuition between the high-end and low-end schools (from $500-$2,000 a month!), it is important to note that those fees are so often determined by the school’s goal: do they care about how much progress you make? Or, is there something else more important to them that is factoring into their monthly tuition rates? Consider this as you make the decision about which program is right for you and your needs!


Published on August 7, 2018

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