Questions about the new processing fees:
As a non-profit organization, we’ve worked hard to keep our classes affordable and available to all. We haven’t had an overall price increase in 7 years, but we do need to make some adjustments this year (Fall 2019) to be able to continue to offer our many class opportunities and pay our amazing instructors.
To use our online registration system, as with most programs that offer the features we need, we pay the maker of that tool (3%) as well as the company who processes all of the credit card payments (3%). This 6% processing fee goes automatically to those companies.
We have a couple of different options for those of you who would rather pay by check and avoid the credit card processing fee.
We can offer you a 10% discount when you pay for the whole year with a check – AND you save the 6% processing fees. For example, if you pay for the entire year of 3D Modeling and Video Game Art by check you would pay $1,170 which saves you a full month of classes. This also avoids any admin fee and CC processing fee with this one-time payment, for an overall savings of 16%.
You also have the opportunity to pay monthly by check to avoid the 3% credit card fee. We do still need to add an administration fee of 3% because we will need to track that check and enter it into our registration system, and our bookkeeper will have to process it separately and enter it into a different software program each month. All payments are due no later than the 8th of every month or there is an additional 5% late fee. The time and effort for us to email and track down payments is considerable.
We thank you for taking classes at NWAC and welcome any further questions you may have about the processing fees.
Alison Hawkins & Pam Martin
Northwest Art Center