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(Effective August 20, 2007)

Consult the appropriate programs and departments for specific requirements respectively. The policies written here are general to all students.

Policy and Curriculum Handbook: The next edition of the KMI Policy and Curriculum Handbook will be available in the Fall 2007. This summary contains the major changes to appear in the new Handbook. Please consult the current or new Handbook for complete details regarding any policy.

New Tuition Rates: New tuition rates went into effect beginning the Fall Term 2007. See the TUITION SCHEDULES for details.

Payment Plans: The payment plan options available to our returning students remain unchanged and are described here as a reminder: Option 1 (4-week): 50% of the tuition is due by the 20th of the month before the term begins, and 50% of the tuition is due by the 20th of the first month of the term (30 days later). Option 2 (6-week): 40% of the tuition is due by the 20th of the month before the term begins, another 30% is due by the 15th of the first month of the term and the balance (30%) is due by the 10th day of the second month for the term (25 days later). Option 3 (Monthly): Four payments of 27.5% of the tuition is due by the 20th of each month starting with the month before the term begins. The 27.5% includes 25% of the total term tuition plus a 2.5% surcharge (a total of 10% surcharge for the term). NEW: A billing reminder will be mailed to students before each payment is due, and a fee of $5 per term will be charged to all students who take advantage of any of these payment plan options to cover the extra cost of processing these billing statements. Students paying in full before the beginning of the term will not be charged this fee.

Rescheduling, Cancellations and No-Shows: Full-term enrolled students are permitted to reschedule any lesson providing that notice of cancellation is given before the actual lesson time, the make-up lesson is taken before the next regularly scheduled lesson date/time and the make-up lesson is scheduled during regular teaching day and time. NO-SHOWS without notice are forfeited lessons. Adding additional make-up time to regularly scheduled lessons is no longer available for make-ups where the student cancels but is permissible if the lesson was rescheduled at request of the teacher.

Free Lesson Incentive: With the new flexibility in rescheduling, the effort needed to maintain the Free Lesson Incentive is too great to be worthwhile and is therefore discontinued. Instead, free lessons are built into the system, as the student is effectively paying for 15 lessons but has 17 weeks available for scheduling. Students who come weekly to lessons will in the end get one or two free lessons anyway.

Floating Lessons: Students who do not wish to enroll in a specific program, and do not want to be restricted by the policies regarding cancellations and maintaining a regular lesson time may enroll for Floating Lessons and pay a non-refundable higher rate in groups of at least 6 lessons in advance. The lessons will be scheduled only after payment is made, and payment for the next 6 lessons will be expected by the last lesson of the group, or can be mailed prior to scheduling. Lessons can be scheduled in advance if the time slot is not a prime lesson time, or can be scheduled at the last minute to fill gaps created by cancellations. The rate for all floating and supplemental lessons is fixed at $40/hour. Special classes usually offered outside of the private lessons for students at certain levels are not available to students who have not also enrolled for the Full Term. No make ups are allowed for any Floating Lessons that are missed or cancelled with less than 48 hours notice regardless of the reason, but there is no limit on rescheduling lessons with a minimum of 48 hours notice.

Penalties: a) Except in the case of the 6-Lesson Introductory Period and Floating Lessons, a withdrawal fee of $25 per student will be assessed each individual student that withdraws from KMI before the end of the term; b) a drop instrument fee of $15 per instrument per student will be assessed each individual student that drops private lessons on any instrument before the end of the term, but continues another primary instrument; c) a fee of $50 will be assessed for each check that is returned by the bank as non-payable; d) a late fee of $25 will be assessed for any scheduled payment that is 5 or more days over due; e) the student will be automatically withdrawn if any scheduled payment is 15 days over due, with all withdrawal fees (per student) also assessed. Payment in full for the term, plus any penalty fees and interest will be required before the student is placed back on the schedule. Scheduling will be based upon calendar availability at the time the account is paid in full.

Policies not covered here remain unchanged.



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