H.2. Class Fees and Outreach Funds

Class Fees

RC teachers are encouraged to charge tuition for their classes. (A large portion of our Outreach Funds comes from class fees.) Teachers can set their own fees, based on conditions in their Community.

Teachers in an Area are permitted, but not required, to agree on minimum and maximum fees. They are encouraged to set fees that all members of their Community can afford.

Teachers may, but are not required to, use a sliding fee scale[61] to allow for the different incomes of the people who take their classes. If a sliding scale is used, teachers should communicate a “suggested minimum fee” for those who are not low income, or tie the fees to explicit amounts of income and wealth. This will help generate sufficient funds for Outreach from people who can afford to pay higher fees. Co-Counselors are encouraged to discharge on money so as to make rational decisions about how much they can actually pay.

Teachers of online classes are encouraged to consult with their Reference Person about fees.

Outreach Funds

Outreach Funds may not be used to pay for classes. Teachers are encouraged to offer free or reduced class tuition to as many as three (3) young people in a class. They are also encouraged to offer free or reduced class tuition to as many as two (2) people who are oppressed by racism or by disability oppression or who are currently poor or working class who would otherwise find it difficult to pay for the class.

In Areas or Regions with economic differences among RC classes, Communities are encouraged to develop policies that help pay all the teachers more equally.

REASON

People who put time, labor, and skill into teaching Co-Counseling should be paid for their work. Needs, motivations, and economics vary widely among the RC Communities. Also, a portion of the class fees is an important source of the Community Service Funds (Outreach Funds) of the International Community. The teacher who is responsible for the class is in the best position to set the class fees.

We want the widest possible variety of people to have easy access to RC. The fees we set should reflect this goal, and our desire to reach all of humanity. Reduced class fees for some will increase the participation of people from groups targeted by oppression. This will greatly improve the quality of our classes and our Community.

Global economic circumstances require us to think rationally about money and RC activities. Each of us needs to pay the amount (large or small) that is reasonable in our lives and discharge on the distresses that make this difficult.


[61] A sliding scale offers a range of fees so participants can select the amount to pay, usually based on income. The sliding scale for a class is set by the teacher of the class. The sliding scale for a workshop is set by the workshop organizer, in consultation with the Regional Reference Person (RRP) for the workshop location.


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