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In the operation of North House Folk School programs, no individual or group will be discriminated against because of race, sex, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age, or disability.


Unless otherwise stated, all of our classes are designed for and open to students 18 years old and up. In the interest of encouraging intergenerational learning, some North House courses are open to students under the age of 18 provided that they are accompanied by a fully enrolled adult student. Due to the unique nature of each course, minimum age requirements are defined by the instructor. All courses that are open for intergenerational learning are clearly defined by the course description. Tuition rates may vary for adult/youth pairings. Please inquire at registration about restrictions.


North House offers every course at two different rates year-round: a less-expensive “early-bird” rate available to those who sign up for a course more than six weeks before it begins and a “regular” rate for those signing up within six weeks of a course’s start date. See individual course pages for rates.

A "local discount" of 25% on tuition is available to legal residents of Cook County in Minnesota. An individual may request the local discount totaling up to $200 in any calendar year. The discount does not apply to materials fees. Proof of legal residency is required (MN Driver’s License or MN State ID). Please call us at (888) 387-9762 to register in order to take advantage of the local discount.


Scholarships are available based on financial need. Contact us at (888) 387-9762 or for more information.


Pets are welcome outdoors on campus as drop-in short-term visitors, but out of respect for other students, pets are not welcome in classrooms during the day. Visiting pets should be on a leash. If you are in class, breaks during the day are often regular enough to give pet owners adequate time to tend to their pets at their lodging places. Pet-friendly lodging information is available on our Lodging Partners page and on

Registration Deadlines

Courses are intentionally kept small and often fill quickly, so registering as early as possible is encouraged. Registering at least three weeks prior to the course start date is especially advisable as courses without a minimum number of registrations may be cancelled. That said, if you find a class you want to take close to the start date, give us a call. Last minute changes may have left a spot open just for you!

Course Payments

Tuition and materials fees must be paid in full to secure registration in a course. Payment plans are available upon request for those unable to make a full payment at the time of registration. For courses where the materials fee varies, the fee is paid directly to the instructor on the first day of class. Payments must be made in U.S. currency by cash, check or money order payable to North House Folk School. We also accept credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover.

Waiting Lists

North House manages waiting lists for courses that have filled to capacity. Individuals on the waiting list are contacted only if an opening becomes available.


If we must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course. Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the first day of the course will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students who cancel their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the first day of the course are not eligible for a refund.