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Tuition Rationale

There is a significant need for “just-in-time training” for people active in ministry. The MMU team works hard to create learning experiences that can be immediately applied to anyone’s ministry. Mission Media U is an initiative of Visual Story Network, a United States non-profit ministry.

Our goal is for Mission Media U to be a world class training platform that is self-sustaining. We want the tuition revenue to cover the costs associated with each cohort. Costs include fees for instructors, administration, marketing and software. A generous donor covered the initial costs to launch Mission Media U and subsidized registration costs in the first three years.

As of August 2018, we have adjusted tuition to cover the costs of each course based on a minimum of 16 people in each cohort. We offer a “sliding scale” tuition that offers discounts for non-westerners, early registration and teammates taking a course together. We have structured tuition so those working with Western organizations offset the costs of those who are not working with a Western organization.

Our tuition structure is as follows:

Courses with live instruction (synchronous):

$240 Standard ($200 per person if two or more register together as a team).

$200 Non-westerners working with a western organization that can help cover the cost ($180 per person if two or more register together as a team).

$100 Non-westerners not working with a western organization-limited to five per cohort ($80 per person if two or more register together).

An additional “early registration” discount of $20 is available. For example, if you qualify for the standard registration of $240 but register with a teammate and register early, your cost would be $180 per person.

Self-directed courses (asynchronous): The student does the reading, viewing lectures and assignments independently. If you are interested, email Jaime Chambers. *This option is only available for the Story in Ministry course.

  • $40 Standard.
  • $20 Non-westerners.

Because we hold ourselves to a high standard, we are happy to offer a refund for anyone dissatisfied with the course. Here is our commitment to excellence.

Primary Reasons for These Rates:

  1. Each live-session course with an expert instructor is limited to 25 people. Research shows that the quality of online education diminishes when cohorts grow larger than this in live training. The asynchronous courses are not affected by this limitation. For this reason–and because of the increased costs associated with live instruction–the synchronous courses are priced at a higher level.
  2. People are willing to pay for that which they believe is a worthwhile investment and they will invest time accordingly. Our experience with a course we offered several years ago is that when people don’t pay much, they don’t put in much effort and it degrades the quality of the course.
  3. We want to make courses accessible to non-westerners. We understand the costs may be difficult, but trust those who are sincerely interested in taking the course will be able to find a way.
  4. We want the MMU to be a sustainable and scalable endeavor. We want to cover the hard costs of each course session.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to email Clyde Taber.