How much do MoVIP courses cost?

So if most courses cost about $300 per semester, how much will one semester or a full school year cost?

Who is responsible for paying MoVIP tuition?

Can school districts that pay MoVIP tuition get reimbursed from the state?

If a student lives in an unaccredited or provisionally accredited school district but attends a charter school, who is responsible for paying MoVIP tuition?

Are there any risks associated with a school district paying MoVIP tuition?

How do I pay for MoVIP courses?

Does your tuition cost include everything?

Can I pay for both semesters at once?

Was MoVIP always a tuition-based program?

How much do MoVIP courses cost?

Most MoVIP courses cost about $300 per semester. The costs of the courses vary by what the online vendor charges. Specific details about tuition costs for each course are provided in the Course  Information section of our website. All MoVIP must be paid to the vendor before the course can begin. The vendors do not offer payment plans, scholarships or tuition assistance.

So if most courses cost about $300 per semester, how much will one semester or a full school year cost?

  • Missouri requires 24 credits to graduate.
  • Courses are either one or two semesters. One semester will earn a half (0.5) credit. Two semesters earn one (1.0) credit.
  • Typically, a high school student needs to take at least three credits a semester or six credits a school year.
  • If a half (0.5) credit costs $300, then three credits or one semester will costs $1,800. Six credits or a full school year will cost $3,600.

Who is responsible for paying MoVIP tuition?

There are three payment options for MoVIP:

  1. Parent.
    • Home-school students or private school students wishing to supplement their education.
  2. Local school district.
    • Accredited school districts are not required to pay MoVIP tuition, but they can if they choose to.
    • School districts classified by the state as unaccredited or provisionally accredited, are required to pay MoVIP tuition for students in their district.
    • List of accreditation classifications: accreditation classifications
    • Districts required to pay MoVIP tuition
      • Calhoun R-VII (Provisionally Accredited)
      • Hayti R-II (Provisionally Accredited)
      • Hickman Mills C-1 (Provisionally Accredited)
      • Kansas City 33 (Provisionally Accredited)
      • Rivervew Gardens (Provisionally Accredited)
      • Normandy Schools Collaborative (Unaccredited)
  1. The state.
    • The state will only pay MoVIP tuition if the student has a medical condition (lasts six weeks or more) that prevents him/her from attending the local school. See the Medically  Fragile Students section of our website for more details.

Can school districts that pay MoVIP tuition get reimbursed from the state?

Yes. If a school district pays for MoVIP tuition, they can get reimbursed approximately 90 percent from the state in the form of state aid and count the student’s attendance at 94 percent, which is the state average.

Reimbursement: The approximate 90 percent reimbursement is based on the funding formula. The reimbursement will not be a separate check; it will be added to a school’s state aid payment, due to the student’s attendance.

Attendance: The 94 percent attendance, which is the state average, is used to generate the amount of the reimbursement, approximately 90 percent. So there are two figures working together in the same calculation.

In other words, school districts can collect state aid for any student taking a MoVIP course without having to keep track of attendance hours. If the parent or the state pays the MoVIP tuition, the school cannot get reimbursed or count the student’s attendance.

Examples:

 

    • For example, if a student is in the school building and taking a MoVIP course in the computer lab, then the school can count their attendance as they would any other student.
    • In another example, if a student comes to the local school and takes physical education (PE), art and music for the first three hours each day and attends 100 percent of the time, the school would count the student’s attendance at 100 percent. If that same student goes home after third hour and takes MoVIP courses at home and the school district pays the MoVIP tuition, then the school can count their attendance at 94 percent, the state average.

 

For More Information: Schools who would like more information on exactly how MoVIP tuition reimbursement and attendance works can call Roger Dorson, Coordinator of Financial & Administrative Services, at 573-751-0357 or email him at roger.dorson@dese.mo.gov

If a student lives in an unaccredited or provisionally accredited school district but attends a charter school, who is responsible for paying MoVIP tuition?

In this case, the charter school or the parent is responsible for tuition payment. The student is not a part of the unaccredited or provisionally accredited school district if they attend a charter school.

Are there any risks associated with a school district paying MoVIP tuition?

A school district will not get reimbursed for MoVIP tuition if the student does not earn a passing grade of 60 percent or above AND complete at least 80 percent of the assignments.

If a school district has paid for a student to take a course in the past and the student has not been successful, we recommend a cautious approach to future enrollments.

How do I pay for MoVIP courses?

MoVIP does not handle the payment of courses. Payments should be made directly to the online vendors. The vendors will coordinate the entire payment process. Parents and school districts may pay the vendor online. School districts may also pay with a purchase order. To coordinate payment with the vendors, please follow the steps in the How to Enroll/Pay Tuition section of our website.

Does your tuition cost include everything?

Yes. MoVIP tuition cost includes everything, even the cost of any materials that may be necessary for the course. Most of the middle school and high school courses provide everything online.
However, most elementary courses do require physical materials. In the Course Information section of our website, click on the course name to link to the course description, which will inform you of any required materials, textbooks, etc.
Other online programs may appear to offer courses at a lower cost, but often that cost does not include textbooks.

Can I pay for both semesters at once?

Yes, but we would recommend enrolling and paying for one semester at a time. This will allow you some more flexibility in case issues arise and you are not able to complete the course on time.

Was MoVIP always a tuition-based program?

No. When MoVIP began in 2007 it was a tuition-free program. It transitioned to a tuition-based program in January of 2010.