Discounted Tuition for Locals, Teachers, and Young Adults

Building on your feedback, we’re pleased to announce new opportunities and discounts for our neighbors and more.

For our neighbors:

The Folk School is proud to offer 25% off tuition and a guaranteed spot upon registration to people living in the following counties:

North Carolina: Cherokee, Clay, Macon, Swain, and Graham
Georgia: Fannin, Towns, Union
Tennessee: Polk

Those looking to receive this benefit are required to present one of the following, showing proof of local address: a valid driver’s license, voter registration card, tax bill, or utility bill.

For teachers and young adults:

The Folk School is also proud to offer 15% off tuition for teachers as well as young adults, ages 18-25.

Teachers must present proof of current certification and employment as a teacher working in a school or school setting.

Young Adults are required to submit a valid driver’s license or government-issued identification showing proof of age.

Apply once and you’re ready to go.

Our new online registration system makes the discount process easy! For classes scheduled in 2023 and beyond, simply fill out a Discount Program Application through our Configio portal, linked below. Once approved, your discount will be applied automatically every time you register for a class. Most applicants are approved within 48 hours.

*Those looking to register for 2022 classes will still need to call our main office at 1-800-FOLK-SCH to apply their discount.

Apply Today

Frequently Asked Questions

NOTICE: Discounts must be declared at the time of registration and cannot be applied for someone who is already enrolled in a class.

How did this program come about?

This new initiative replaces our standby program that ended in late 2021. Many residents, in student surveys and community listening sessions, said our standby options didn’t allow enough time to plan their visits.

In addition, some residents were disappointed that they were not able to attend a class they truly wanted to take.

Our revised program structure better accommodates our local community members’ needs and eliminates the confusion caused by the last-minute nature of our previous standby program.

This program is part of our larger Strategic Plan, and builds on our desire to provide meaningful experiences for neighbors in surrounding counties.

If you have any questions about the program, or are unsure if you qualify, please contact our Registration department.

What other opportunities are available?

The Folk School has an abundance of scholarships available for those in need. Scholarships provide partial or full financial support for tuition, housing, and meals for a weeklong or weekend class.

Our scholarship application is simple and straightforward. There’s no financial paperwork needed. Applications are open year-round, and scholarships are awarded on an ongoing basis.

Learn more and apply today on our Scholarships page.

We also host a number of short-term, affordable workshops for youth and adults at Olive’s Porch, our new Folk School experience in downtown Murphy. This is a great alternative for someone who wants to learn more about Appalachian crafts but cannot dedicate a whole week to one of our on-campus classes.

View the full schedule and register for workshops on their site,