Originally from ticket #13237.
I want monthly payments, but I only want to charge through April and my classes go into the first week or two of May, I chose monthly because i do not want parents to see the full year fee when they visit my page. What to do?
The monthly fee/payment calculations are set up with simplicity in mind, but more complicated scenarios like this can be tricky.
Basically, if your class starts in Sept and ends in May it will count the months (9) and multiply your price per month by that to get the tuition (e.g. 9x$50 - $450). Then it does any discounting or deposit calculations and divides the final tuition according to the payment plan (e.g if it is at the start of every month it schedules 9 payments of $450/9 = $50).
There are a couple of options you can consider:
1. Use a payment plan that is set to take specifically 8 payments (Sept - April) divided over the session. This will result in payments not being scheduled on the first of the month exactly, but evenly spread from the first day of class to the last so it will be close (edit the payment plan to try this).
2. Set the last class to be in April (for now) so the numbers work (8 payments). By the time families actually want to know the last date you can tell them in class and/or change the end date (it does not go back to change any fees/payments)
I prefer option 1 personally.