TMI Online Cost and Financial Aid
TMI Online Program Costs
Listed below are the cost breakdowns of each component as well as some additional alternate route expenses you should be prepared to cover. Please note that the total cost is a constant, even if you choose not to eat at the seminars, the charges will remain the same.
TMI 1 Total Fees: $1,000
TMI 2 Total Fees: $1,500
- $40 application fee (nonrefundable)
- $845 tuition fee
- $100 textbook and binder fee
- $15 lunch fee (for Orientation and Live Seminar)
- $1,160 tuition
- $200 mentor fee
- $125 textbook fee
- $15 lunch fees (for Orientation and Live Seminar)
Additional expenses of alternate route not covered by the TMI Online program
- $150 Praxis Core (combined test, all 3 sections)
- $90 Praxis Core (individual subtest in math, writing, or reading)
- $120 to $160 Praxis Subject Assessment (formerly Praxis II)
- $40 Certifiedbackground.com fee (the background check TMI uses, see background check section for substitution information)
- Transportation to and from your field experience site
- Internet Access (this is an online program, you are expected to check emails daily and spend between 6 and 8 hours per week on the course)
What financial aid and fee payment options are available?
As an applicant to the Teach Mississippi Institute, you may be eligible to apply for financial assistance. Since the TMI program is a non-credit/non-degree seeking program, federal financial aid (i.e. student loans) WILL NOT cover the tuition and fees of our program.
TMI Payment Information
Both TMI 1 and TMI 2 candidates will make their payment(s) online. Instructions for accessing the payment system will be included on page two of each TMI 1 and TMI 2 acceptance letter.
Special Note for TMI 1: Tuition (in full) is due at orientation. However, as long as you pay at least $500 of your balance by orientation, your enrollment will not be canceled. The remaining balance must be paid by the course midpoint (a $20 late fee will be added the 15th of each month until balance is paid off).
Special Note for TMI 2: Tuition for TMI 2 is divided into four equal payments due throughout the course, though you may pay the bill in full at any time.
WIN Job Centers of Mississippi
The WIN Job Centers of Mississippi offer WIA/ITA job opportunity funding for applicants of alternate route programs such as TMI. When contacting your local WIN Job Center to discuss potential funding of TMI tuition and fees, ask if they have money under their program title “Alternate Route to Teachers License.” Please note that WIN Job Centers operate differently from location to location and not all offer funding for our program. For a complete listing of all WIN Job Centers, please visit their website at http://mdes.ms.gov/win-job-centers/.
The AmeriCorps program provides educational award funding to candidates who have completed previous work under their program. Funds for the TMI program can only be used to cover tuition and fees of the program (you may not request an amount larger than tuition; if you do, the additional funds will be applied to TMI 2, not sent to you). If you are interested in finding out more about AmeriCorps funding, please visit their website at www.americorps.gov or www.nationalservice.gov.
Teacher Education Scholars Alternate Route Certification Forgivable Loan (TESA)
The Teacher Education Scholars Alternate Route Certification Forgivable Loan (TESA) program was created during the 2014 legislative session to encourage college graduates to pursue a career in teaching through an alternate route teacher’s license. To be eligible, an applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree (non-education) from a regionally or nationally accredited postsecondary institution and have a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) on the last 60 credit hours of baccalaureate work, as reported by the graduating institution. Awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis. All awards are subject to appropriation by the Legislature. For more information, visit the TESA page on the Mississippi Financial Aid website at http://riseupms.com/state-aid/tesa.
UPDATE: The TESA Program requires specific appropriation by the Mississippi Legislature. Unfortunately, an appropriation was not made available for the 2015-16 academic year. The TESA site will be updated if funds are made available in the future, so check back periodically.
The Mississippi Department of Education has a listing of potential opportunities to fund alternate route programs or assist you as a future educator (i.e. student loan forgiveness for teachers). For more information about alternate route funding or assistance from the MDE, please visit their website at http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/OTC/SLF. Please note: any award/grant that requires undergraduate or graduate enrollment, such as the Teach Grant, cannot be used for TMI because TMI is a NON-CREDIT certification program. Make sure you look into the loan repayment programs listed on this site once you have completed TMI and obtained certification.