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Annual subscription?

I received this question:

I’ve had some conflicting answers from friends that do your Latin on-line. The price for the year is $250, correct?

Here is my reply:

It used to be.  I charged $250 a year, per family, for every class I teach.  When it comes to affordability, there is nothing like it among online Latin classes.  No one else provides the service I provide at such affordable rates.  

The problem is, my site, ThinkOutsideTheBorder.com renews membership automatically.  This is designed to make the process easy for students and their families.  You do not have to go through the registration process every year.  

I was trying to make things easier on everyone.  

Instead, people started taking advantage of me.  They would sign up for one year, take the discount, and ask for a refund when the second automatic payment went through.   Unfortunately, the refund process on my end is time-consuming and difficult.  Often, the refund request would come with an abrupt, or rude email.  It is demoralizing.  I have grown weary of it.  I canceled the annual option.  I have left only the monthly option open.  I am sorry.  

You joined under the annual subscription just before I canceled that option.  You are good to go.  I have not yet canceled your subscription yet because I was waiting for your final decision.  Just let me know.  If you are ready to cancel, you can do it here: https://dwanethomas.com/updating-your-information/.  If you cancel, I will refund the annual payment.

Why am I charged during the summer?

When you join one of my online class, you have two payment options.  You could pay for the entire year up front.  This option comes with a discount.  

If you hire me to grade your children’s work, you will pay $50 a month, or $600 a year.  Or, you could opt for a $100 discount, and pay for the entire year up front.  If you chose this option, you will pay $500 per year. (Note: At the moment, 2017, this option is no longer available.  I am maxed out.  I cannot grade the work of any more students.  I am looking for a solution and hope to have an update soon.)

If you would like access to all of the live classes, recordings, and online automated quizzes, but you do not want me to personally grade your children’s work, you will pay $25 a month, or $300 a year.   Or, you could opt for a $50 discount, and pay for the entire year up front.  If you chose this option, you will pay $250 per year.

If you opt to pay monthly, my site is going to charge you $25, or $50 each month.   Of course, this means that you are going to send payment during June, July, and August.  I do not teach live classes during those months, but you will still have access to the old classes and quizzes.  You will also still be able to contact me.

I have done the research for you.  Most online Latin providers are going to charge you quite a bit more.  Also, pay close attention to how long the process takes.

Years to complete

Average Annual Price

Monthly  Price

Think Outside the Border

1 to 2

$300/$600

$25/$50

Classical Academic Press

5

$545

$45

Veritas Scholars Online

2

$620

$52

Carmeta Online Latin

5

$520

$43

Harvard Online Latin

2

$950

$79

Lone Pine Classical

2 – 3

$509

$42

Memoria Press

3 – 10

$500

$41

Classical Learning Resource Center

3

$600

$50

You do not need to learn Latin to live a happy life.  You know that.  I know that.  It is likely that someone else decided that your children needed to learn Latin.   It is likely that you are simply trying to satisfy some educational requirement in order to get your kids through high school.

I can help you, and I can do it at the best price.  If you pay for the entire year up front, or if you opt to pay monthly,  you are still getting help with a difficult subject, and you are getting that help at the best possible price.