Fee Waivers for Language Classes

Thrive aims to make language learning opportunities available to as many people in our community as possible without regard to income.  To help with this, we have two options:

  1. a limited number of fee waivers based on income available for each class.
  2. fee waivers for volunteers (or a volunteer’s family member)

If the cost of class is a problem, consider filling out our fee waiver application or contacting us to see if we have volunteer opportunities available that might be a good match for you.

Income-Based Fee Waiver Guidelines

If students’ household income is at or below the following guidelines, they can apply for a fee waiver.  If there are special circumstances, potential students may also fill out a fee waiver application.  Students receiving fee waivers need to maintain 75% attendance at classes each month.

If the student’s attendance falls below 75%, they will be charged for the next month unless they have been hospitalized or have had another serious situation (i.e. death in the family, car accident, etc.) that was approved by the program director.

Persons in family/household Yearly Guideline Monthly Guideline Weekly Guideline
For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $4,060 for each additional person.
1 $11,670 $973 $224
2 15,730 1311 303
3 19,790 1649 381
4 23,850 1988 459
5 27,910 2325 537
6 31,970 2664 615
7 36,030 3003 693
8 40,090 3340 771


  • For the program, a household is described as people living together in the same house & sharing expenses.
  • The amounts on the chart are for net income (after taxes).
  • Thrive International Programs shall admit students/participants of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students within the programs. It shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship, and loan programs, and athletic and other program-administered activities.

A fee waiver application can be printed and mailed to Thrive, 420 Elmira St., Williamsport, PA 17701 or printed and a picture sent to staff@thriveip.org.  You may also call to request one at 570-337-2898.  We will respond with a decision if we can grant the fee waiver. It is our privilege to help as many people as possible access classes in the hope that they will in turn be able to help others later.