For the Graduate Program, Continuing Education and Personal Enrichment programs there is a non-refundable application fee of $40 for laypersons. This fee covers the administrative expenses to process the application; it waived for religious. For the School of Spiritual Formation, you will not be charged tuition until you register for your first course.
Am I too old to pursue this program?
Are you ever too old to deepen your love of Christ and service to Him and His Church?
Can I apply the coursework from other institutions for credit in the Avila Institute?
Because of the unique nature of spiritual theology and the approach we take in our formation, it is not probable though we are open to inquiries on a case by case basis.
Must I have an undergraduate degree to participate?
No. Those with undergraduate degrees are often best equipped to complete graduate level work. However, the requirement for participation is that you have sufficient capability and commitment to complete the work. This is determined through the application process.
Can you send me a paper application?
Since the Avila Institute is a completely online program, all processes are completed online. This also saves on costs so we can keep tuition to a minimum.
How long will it take until I hear if I am accepted or not?
The application process takes an average of 4 – 6 weeks.
How will I hear if I am accepted or not?
You will receive an email at the email address provided in the application. If you do not hear back within 4 – 6 weeks, please be sure to check your Spam Folder or Trash.
Can I audit a course?
At this time, we do not allow for the auditing of live courses. However, enrollment to our Companions Program allows for unlimited viewing of all previously recorded courses.
Is the Avila Institute Accredited?
We are proudly unaccredited and always will be. This keeps tuition down and content uncompromised; but most of all, it attracts the right kind of student. While we award credits and certificates for program completion, students are not drawn to the Avila Institute for the credit as much as the content – which meets or surpasses the academic quality and rigor offered by traditionally accredited institutions.
Will my professional organization accept your credits?
A certificate from the Avila Institute is quickly becoming the gold-standard of continuing education for Catholic professionals.
Students should seek advance approval from their own professional organizations or employers to ensure that the content of our coursework meets the requirements of their organizations. We are happy to help explain our program to your organization as needed.
How much does an Avila Institute education cost?
All Graduate courses are $525.
All School of Spiritual Formation courses are $175 – $250.
All High Calling Propaedeutic courses are free to the candidates and sponsored by their respective Dioceses.
The Avila Institute wants to ensure that all who seek to embark on a journey to learn more about the Catholic faith have a chance to do so. The Avila Institute offers payment plans based on each individual’s needs. Full and partial scholarships are also available on an as needed basis. If a partial scholarship is given, the remaining portion of the tuition may be paid in full or in monthly installments.
Is there a discount for priestly or religious students?
While we do welcome donations from student’s respective orders and dioceses, there is no cost for priests and religious to enroll in any school of spiritual formation or graduate program course. Lay donations, sponsorship, and enrollment in the Avila Companions program help to offset the cost of religious and priestly tuition.
Are scholarship funds for laity available and, if so, how are they awarded?
Absolutely. We are joyfully committed to serving the Lord’s faithful poor and the financially strapped – we award based on severity of need and the applicant’s likelihood of success in the program.
Is it possible to sponsor someone who would like to take classes?
Yes. You may make a general Donation to the Avila Institute. All donations will go directly towards scholarships for those in need. Enrolling in the Avila Companions Program is also a great way to provide scholarships for the those in need.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes. The Avila Institute, a subsidiary of the Avila Foundation, is a non-profit organization as defined by the IRS.
Avila Foundation is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 27-3714084
Do scholarship funds cover books or other expenses?
No. Scholarship funds only cover the partial or full expense of the tuition for each course. Those who require scholarship funds for tuition may inquire as to additional support and we may be able to find a donor to assist, but funding beyond tuition is not the norm.
I don’t need a scholarship but would prefer to pay for my classes in smaller monthly amounts to minimize the impact. Can I do this?
Absolutely. We will work with each student to ensure they are on a plan that suits their budget. Those with partial scholarships may also put the balance on a payment plan.
Do I need to be in the Graduate Program to be eligible for a scholarship?
No. Scholarships are available for all of our programs.