When you sign up for course online or over the phone, you will pay a deposit of $500 - except for Veterans, Grieving Teens and Scholarship Partners which have differing deposit policies. This is your financial commitment to begin the admissions process.
Your credit card is not save on file upon paying the deposit. We ask that you provide your payment information to us to pay the remaining balance due. Full payment for a course is due 90 days before course start. You may pay online here.
These policies below clarify the admissions and enrollment process. Our general payment terms and conditions are based on our investment in planning, staffing and delivering our courses. These expenses are not recoverable, therefore, penalties may apply. Before you make any further financial commitment, make sure you have read and understand the policies outlined in this document. If you have any questions, contact the Student Services Department at (503) 946-3404 option 3, or [email protected]
Tuition and Fees
The total cost of the course includes all tuition and fees associated with the course. Tuition covers the cost of food, instructors, permits, gear and equipment while on course. Not included in this total cost are personal expenses such as clothing, insurance (health and travel), airfare and baggage fees. Fees include a $150 non-refundable enrollment processing fee, covering costs associated with reviewing your enrollment packet, and a $150 transportation fee, covering travel expenses to and from the pick-up point to the course start and any on-course transports.
A $500 deposit is due with the completion of the enrollment form to reserve your spot on the course. This deposit is applied toward the total cost of tuition and fees for the course. The deposit includes a non-refundable $150 enrollment processing fee, except when:
you apply for a scholarship, turn in an enrollment packet, and are either denied a scholarship or are not awarded sufficient funds and choose to cancel.
you are on a wait list and Northwest Outward Bound informs you either that a spot will not be available or the course is cancelled.
you are found to be inappropriate for enrollment due to medical conditions as determined by our medical screener, the fee will remain non-refundable if such determination is based on information not disclosed in your application.
Deposit Refund Policy
The deposit includes a $150 non-refundable enrollment processing fee and the remaining $350 deposit is refundable if you cancel your enrollment more than 90 days from the course start date.
In the event you are not cleared to participate, Northwest Outward Bound will refund $350 of the deposit.
In the event you are waitlisted and a spot does not become available, Northwest Outward Bound will refund the full $500 deposit.
If you are cleared to participate and cancel within 90 days of the course start date, Northwest Outward Bound will retain the full $500 deposit.
If you are more than 30 days past due on paying the balance of tuition and fees, Northwest Outward Bound will cancel your enrollment and retain the full $500deposit.
*Family emergency is defined as family illness or death and requires appropriate documentation.
Full payment is due 90 days before the course start date. Be prepared to pay the balance due at this time even if you have yet to submit your completed enrollment packet or have yet to be cleared to participate on the course. If your payment is not received be the deadline, this may be considered a cancellation and you risk losing your place on the course.
The Tuition Protection Plan (TPP)
To avoid forfeiting all or a portion of your payment due to certain types of cancellation or early departure, Northwest Outward Bound School offers the TPP. Purchase of the TPP is optional but highly recommended.
The cost to purchase the TPP is based on course length:
The TPP does not cover refunds for “no show” or early departure due to voluntary withdrawal, behavior, homesickness, low motivation, expulsion or any unreported pre-existing conditions.
Cancellation Prior to Course Start
If you purchase the TPP at least 30 days prior to your course start date, you qualify for both cancellation and early departure protection for medical or family emergencies.* To receive a 100% refund of your tuition and in-course transportation fee (the application and protection plan fees are non-refundable), we must receive a letter outlining reasons for the cancellation with appropriate documentation within 14 days of cancellation. Cancellation protection does not include refunds for cancellation due to motivation or a change in schedule (including summer school or work conflicts).
If you do not purchase the TPP, any refund will be based on the Cancellations/Transfer/Early Departure Policies below.
Early Departure During Course
If you purchase the TPP within 29 days of course start date, you qualify for early departure protection only. If you must leave your course early due to personal illness or injury or family emergency* you will be refunded a prorated portion of your tuition for the days you were unable to attend (application, protection plan fees are not refundable). Confirmation of personal illness or injury must occur prior to departure from Northwest Outward Bound School. This confirmation must come from a Northwest Outward Bound staff member or physician who treated the student while at Northwest Outward Bound.
To receive a prorated refund, we must receive a refund request from you in writing within 14 days of leaving your course.
*Family emergency is defined as family illness or deal and requires appropriate documentation.
Northwest Outward Bound cannot refund the cost of the course in the event you are unable to attend or complete the course due to unexpected events, illness or injury. We offer the Tuition Protection Plan (outlined above) to protect you from the fees associated with certain types of cancellations. There are no penalties if you cancel more than 90 days from the course start date, with the exception of the $150 application fee. However, if students cancel 90 days or less from the course start date, Northwest Outward Bound will retain a portion of the payment as outlined below. The cancellation fees listed below will apply to the full published cost. The charge IS NOT based on the amount paid to date on the day you cancel.
Voluntary or Non-Emergency Cancellation Fees Voluntary cancellations occur when a student decides that they cannot or do not want to attend course. Examples of this can include, but are not limited to, a change of plans or change in motivation, etc. For cancellations between:
89 and 75 days from the course start date, NW Outward Bound will retain the full $500 deposit.
74 and 60 days from the course start date, NW Outward Bound will refund 75% of paid tuition and fees.
59 and 45 days from the course start date, NW Outward Bound will refund 50% of paid tuition and fees.
Less than 44 days from the course start date, NW Outward Bound will not issue a refund.
Voluntary Early Departure once course has begun = no refund.
Emergency Cancellation WITHOUT the Tuition Protection Plan: If you do not purchase the TPP but do have an emergency (injury, serious illness, death in the family, etc.), we give you a choice between a cash refund based on the cancellation fees listed above or a credit for the same amount toward a future NW Outward Bound School course of a similar or higher tuition. Contact your Course Advisor for details.
Please report injuries, illnesses, new medications, or changes to your prescriptions to your Course Advisor. If you arrive on course and have not told us about a new medical condition or have changed the type or amount of your medications since submitting your medical form, you may not be allowed to begin your course.
You may transfer from your initial course to another, but such transfers may incur an additional cost. Please review the following transfer policies. If you transfer…
60 days or more from the course start:
No fee for one transfer
$100 fee for each additional transfer
Less than 60 days from the course start:
50% of full payment is transferrable to the new course.
50% of full payment will be forfeited,
Less than 30 days from the course start:
No refund or credit.
We maintain wait lists for courses that are already full. To be on the wait list, we must receive your completed enrollment packet, including the $500 deposit. If a spot opens, it will be offered to the individual who returned their completed enrollment packet first; not to the individual who enrolled first on the wait list. This individual will have 24 hours to decide to take the open spot.
If a spot does not become available, or you wish to withdraw your enrollment, we will refund the full $500 deposit. If a spot does become available and you elect not to accept it, the $150 application fee will not be refunded.
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