Pricing + Generosity Policy

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PUGSpdx believes that lifelong learning is a human need and a human right. Our core commitment is that everyone should be able to learn without having to go into debt. We balance that with honoring the labor + knowledge of those who teach us.

Economic equity, profit-sharing, and community are our fundamental values: 

  • Tuition is tied to the median Portland wage. The Portland median wage is $32 an hour or $64,000 a year. So we charge up to $32 per class hour, often less than that. If you see a PUGS course at a higher price than that, it's because of extra costs.
  • We allow anyone to attend at the wage they earn. Again, we believe that everyone has the right to learn, no matter how much money you make. We also believe that economically diverse classrooms are better classrooms. If you need discounted tuition to attend class, email pugscoordinator<at>gmail.com and tell us your economic situation + what you can comfortably afford to pay. Generally, we ask that you pay at least either minimum wage ($11.25 per class hour, or $90 a course) or 50% of full tuition (at most $125 a course). 
  • We profit with instructors, not from them. Our instructors deserve to be compensated for their expertise and commitment to teach. We pay our instructors 50% of profits. We want to make money with them, not from them. Profit-sharing is the fairest and most equitable way to run a business. 

We want the community to support the scholarship fund. Every month, we give about $1,000 in discounted tuition and waivers to people in need. If you can afford it, consider contributing to the PUGS Scholarship Fund so that instructors and PUGS gets compensated. We are committed to educational equity and classroom diversity and we hope you are too. Click on the button below to make a contribution.

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*You have the option to make a tax-deductible donation through Impact NW. Select "Other" under designation and type in "PUGS." Please note, there is a 10% administration fee, so PUGS will see 10% less of your donation.