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Our program is valued at $5,000, although we charge $2,700-$3,300. We thoughtfully under price our program giving discounted tuition to every student who walks through our door. We also offer a sliding scale, penalty-free payment plans, early-bird incentive, work-trade positions (depending on need) and scholarships to help off-set the cost for greater accessibility. Our in-house scholarship fund (Jen Gouvea Memorial Scholarship) is reserved for individuals who identify in historically marginalized and disenfranchised communities. We award each Summer before our school year begins. If you want to be notified of upcoming scholarship opportunities, be sure to join our mailing list! Or follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
We do need help supporting students!
If you are interested in donating to support a student for PSA 1st-Year Program through the Jen Gouvea Memorial Scholarship Fund, please click here.
Government Tuition Assistance and CEUs
Astrology is not a federally recognized vocation, therefore government-sourced funding and federal grants are not available. PSA is also unable to officially accept CEU (continuing education credit) students at this time.
A limited amount of work trade positions are available for full and partial work trade. These are usually posted in the summer.
Scholarship opportunities exist with national and international astrology membership organizations. You do need to be an active member and need to catch these organizations during their scholarship award periods: AFAN, NCGR (either local, national or international chapters), ISAR, or your local astrology membership organization. In Portland, our local membership organization is the Oregon Astrological Association (OAA), but dozens of membership organizations exist around the country. Look into local organizations whether you live in Portland or not.
Some students have been awarded non-traditional, training program grants to study at PSA. Thousands of educational grants exist for people who want to continue their education outside of college. A good place to start is GrantWatch.com, or consider shifting through results in a search engine.
Some students have discovered that PSA qualifies as part of their college’s ‘Independent Study’, which covers the cost of PSA with their current school tuition and students are also given college credit to attend. Please check with your educational institution.
Some students have been awarded continuing education grants with their employer. Please check with your employer to see if a perk like this exists at your company.
Some students have off-set the cost of education by filing as a sole proprietor or LLC with the IRS and writing off their education as a tax deductible expense to their business.
The Jen Gouvea Memorial Scholarship Fund
While some opportunities are annual, others are less predictable. All scholarship announcements are typically blasted through our newsletter, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and on our website. Join our newsletter to not miss opportunities.
Year Long Scholarship Program
Application period: currently closed. Our scholarship is typically open in June and July each year.
Yearly scholarships are awarded for our Year-Long Program, amount and availability subject to JGMS committee yearly evaluation and approval based on donations received the previous school year. Learn more and apply here.
Engaged Heart Library
Because of current logistical limitations, only Year-Long Program students are allowed to check out books in our JGMS library. We hope this will change in the future. If you are hoping to donate astrology books you no longer need, you can drop them off, or media mail them to us. We thank you for your generosity!
A small amount of funds are allocated each year to sign language interpretation for our students at larger events.
Project / Event Scholarships
Currently, JGMS committee approves yearly funds for the NORWAC scholarship, Queer Astrology projects, hospitality for our annual community conference and a few other free events, free monthly community events such as the New Moon Circle and PDX Astro Social.
Flower Essence Scholarships
JGMS is currently producing and providing flower essence formulas for monthly People’s Yoga BIPOC meditation events, to Year-Long Program Students and to the general public. You can purchase these at PSA, which helps to support further efforts.
We have in the past supported scholarship with flower essence training programs with Pacific Essences, and scholarships for the Portland Plant Medicine conference. Announcements are typically blasted through our newsletter, instagram, Facebook page and on our website. Join our newsletter to not miss opportunities.
Jen Gouvea Memorial Fund Spending
PSA is striving for transparency and accountability with these community funds. JGM Fund updates are published after the school year has closed. Our school year begins in July and runs through June each year.
|2015 - 2016||2016 - 2017||2017 - 2018||2018 - 2019||2019 - 2020||2020-2021||Total|
|PSA HAS DONATED||$162||$0||$1,394||$2,841||$1,264||$5,096|
|Engaged Heart Library||$20||$113||$89||$238||$101||$561|
|Free Community Events||$0||$300||$389||$810||$349||$1,848|
ABOUT THE JEN GOUVEA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Jen Gouvea 1976-2014
For Jen, accessibility was a top priority, especially for those who identified in historically marginalized and disenfranchised groups.
Jen Gouvea’s passion for both accessibility and sharing the tools of Astrology, Flower Essence and art-based healing practices are continued with this scholarship and include her personal focus on marginalized groups including BIPOC folx, religious minorities, womxn, queer identities, individuals with disabilities, and those with limited economic resources.
Jen didn’t accept payment from teaching at PSA, a generous effort to help the school to grow and stabilize. When she died, her earnings were rolled into a fund created in her memory as a key founding influence and supporter of PSA, in the hopes to continue her work. We were also gifted her library of astrology and flower essences books, becoming the Engaged Heart Library, named after her business. The JGMS Committee is made up of students, clients, and friends of Jen Gouvea, who act as ambassadors to her vision to spread the healing tools of both astrology and flower essences.
Each year the JGMS funds projects, free community events, conference attendance, quarterly classes, sign language translation, flower essence education scholarships, hospitality, free resources, our library and several Year-Long Program scholarships with nearly $15,000 awarded since 2015.