Hi IE6 user, you're viewing a text-only version of the BAC site. Upgrade to a free browser like Google Chrome to get the full experience.

    Tuition and Financing

    The Sustainable Design Institute

    Sustainable Design Institute Tuition 
    Credit $1,494
    Audit $1,120

    Tuition Discounts
    To take advantage of discounts, contact the Registrar's Office at 617.585.0135. Discounts cannot be combined, cannot be applied to audits, and do not apply to courses taken as part of a BAC degree program.

    Graduate Discount
    We offer a 50% discount for BAC graduates of degree and certificate programs when taking SDI courses as continuing education.

    Senior Discount
    We offer a 10% discount for students over the age of 60 when taking SDI courses as continuing education.

    Tuition Assistance

    Employer Reimbursement
    The BAC can accept employer reimbursement if the employer issues a purchase order at the time of employee registration expressly stating that "all tuition and fees will be paid unconditionally upon receipt of an invoice from the BAC."

    AmeriCorps, VA Funding, and Massachusetts Workforce Investment Act Funding
    The BAC is able to assist students looking for funding. Contact registrar@the-bac.edu for more information.

    Alternative Private Loans
    All BAC Professional & Continuing Education students are now eligible to use loans to help fund their studies. Private loans change from lender to lender, so it is important to research a number of options to see which one works best for you. Check here for a list of banks that will help finance your courses at the BAC.


    Registration: Course registration is available via the Self-Service portal. Students who have taken a course at the BAC may already have an active account. Students can contact the IT help desk at 617.585.0191 to retrieve their user name and/or password. If a discount is to be applied or the student is located outside of the United States, registration must be done via phone by calling +1.617.585.0135. New students should create a new user account.

    Requirements: Submission of an application form, current resume, $50.00 USD application fee, statement of purpose (250 words), and prior education. Applicants without a college degree but who possess professional experience are required to speak with a program director prior to application. Supplementary materials can be submitted to registrar@the-bac.edu.

    Certificate Completion

    Upon completion and receipt of their final grade, students must submit a certificate clearance and request form. Certificates are issued on a monthly basis and will be mailed to the postal address provided on the form.

    Transfer & Waiver Credits

    Students may apply to receive transfer or waiver credit for prior college-level, credit bearing courses from an accredited academic institution. The amount of transfer/waiver credits accepted is determined on a program basis and is at the discretion of the BAC administration. 

    • Transfer Credit
      Credit bearing courses that contain the majority of the learning objectives of a required BAC course. If accepted, transfer courses reduce the overall number of courses required by the program. Sample work may be requested for design credits.
    • Waiver Credit
      Credit bearing courses that contain some learning objectives of a required BAC course. If accepted, the wavier credits do not reduce the number of required credits, but allow an alternate course to be taken in place of a required course.

    Application for transfer/waiver credit
    Submit the following to registrar@the-bac.edu or via postal mail.

    • A transfer/waiver request form
    • Official, sealed transcripts from each institution for which credit is requested
    • A course syllabus or catalog description for each course

    All materials must be received in order to complete an assessment. Applicants will be notified via email within 7–10 business days of a decision being made.