The cost of tuition for the 2020-2021 program is $9375, and those who pay in full by Aug 31, 2020 receive a $450 discount.  We also have 2 payment plans available that allow you to spread out your payment over the course of the program into either 2 payments (Oct/Dec) or 3 payments (Oct/Jan/March) for an extra $50 or $200, respectively.  Applying early is advised as the class will likely fill far in advance.

Tuition costs do not cover housing, food, transportation, books, clinic fee, or supplies.  Each student should purchase a copy of Andrew Biel’s Trail Guide to the Body, 6th ed, either directly from the Books of Discovery website or from us for $60-$70 upon arrival.  The program includes free student insurance through the AMTA.  In the latter half of the program, students have the opportunity to hone their skills as a professional by finding their own clients and working with them in a supervised clinic setting. The student financial responsibility for the clinic is normally paid by the clients, so it cancels itself out as an expense.

Summary of Required Costs (After Registration*)


Tuition $9375.00
Tax (4.7% as of 2019) $440.00
Books (approx price) $60.00
Healthcare Provider CPR/First Aid fee
(can be removed if not needed)
Student Insurance $0.00
Clinic fee
($1200, paid for by clinic clients)
Total $10,000.00

*Application fee=$50, Registration fee=$100.

Other Likely Costs
Students will also need to acquire their own massage tables (for practicing on clients outside of class), sheets, towels, oils/lotions/butters, and whatever s/he wants for taking notes in class.  Quality Pisces massage tables (new and used) may also be available for purchase at school in October.  We receive a school discount on tables, but some students find tables through Craigslist or other means.

Massage Table $200-$700
Bodywork from Instructors (outside of class) $50-$500
Supplies (sheets, classroom & client pillows, lubricants, notebooks, etc.) $50-$100

Making Payments
Initial tuition costs are paid via credit card during the online application process. The remaining tuition costs can be paid here on our website or via check or money order. (Please note: any payment returned for insufficient funds will be charged a $25 fee.)

Financial Aid
PCAB does not participate in any title IV federal programs that allow for federal loans.  We do offer some work-trade positions.  We offer some cleaning and setup positions as a partial work-trade that takes some portion (approx $750) off of tuition.  These individuals are responsible for basic cleanup (sweeping, etc) at the end of each day as well as setting up the space (moving rugs and chairs, etc) at the beginning of each day and tearing down at the end of each day.  The people selected for that position must have a reliable vehicle, and the selection of that person will likely be made in August.  We may also be offering a research position, which involves looking through scientific research and articles on bodywork, meditation, and somatic psychology and summarizing that research for this website and social media.

We also offer two $2000 scholarships for individuals from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds and historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, with priority given to individuals of Hawaiian descent.

Most students acquire their massage license from their state about 3 months after our program is completed. With that license, one can easily recover one’s tuition cost in 6 months or less. This means that a personal loan for the program could be paid back in only a year. For some, it’s far easier to pay tuition this way because the massage license gives them the opportunity to generate income at a much higher hourly rate than what they had before. Check with your bank or credit union about loan opportunities.

Payment Plans
Students who cannot pay by the first week of class may select from one of our two payment plans that allow payments to be spread out over the course of the program into either 2 half-payments (Oct/Dec) or 3 third-payments (Oct/Jan/March) for an extra $50 or $200, respectively.

Foreign Students
We accept students from any country, but because we are not a SEVP-certified school, we cannot issue an I-20 Form, which is necessary for individuals from most foreign countries to spend more than 90 days in the US.  To our knowledge, Canadian citizens can spend up to 6 months in the US without the I-20 form.  Citizens from other countries can stay 90 days at a time.