A non-refundable $50 Application Fee is due upon starting the application process. Application forms are included in the admissions process. If a student is admitted to a training program, they reserve their space in all associated phases of the training by enrolling online and paying a deposit of $900.
Half of the tuition payment for all classes leading to a certification is due two weeks before the start of class. The remaining balance is due four weeks later for each of the Certification classes unless otherwise noted. For the Advanced training programs, there is a $300 deposit required to reserve a space in the class, and the number of tuition installments will vary based on the total number of months.
Invoices will be sent to students four weeks before the due dates. Students may be assessed a late fee of $50 if payment is received after the due dates. All credit card payments can be made online.
Students may not begin any class until the appropriate tuition has been paid. Late enrollment is occasionally permitted, depending upon space availability.
Note: Tuition and fees are subject to change. Candidates and students-in-training are given as much advance notice as possible of any changes.
The Dr. Ida Rolf Institute accepts all major credit cards (MasterCard, VISA, Discover, American Express), personal and traveler’s checks, money orders, PayPal, and eChecks.
All returned checks will be assessed a $50 returned check fee.
Within the world of financial assistance, there are many different forms available to students. Scholarships are financial awards given to eligible students and do not need to be repaid. Grants can be federal, state, or privately issued and also do not require repayment. Loans are a form of low-interest debt that must eventually be repaid and are a good option for those who do not qualify for a grant.
The Rolf Institute administers two financial aid programs to help cover tuition (fees are not included) for students who qualify – Federal Pell Grants and Federal Direct Student Loans. Students receiving Title IV Financial Aid must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress in order to remain eligible for continued participation.
Contact the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute Financial Aid Department at email@example.com for more information about financial aid programs and how to see if you qualify.
Note: Only students attending the full training in Boulder are eligible for Title IV financial aid.
The Rolf Institute is approved by the Colorado State Approving Agency for Veteran’s Education and Training benefits. Please see the Refund Policy for Veterans below for the policy pertaining to veterans. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Only students attending the school in Boulder are eligible for Veteran's Education Benefits.
DIRI Refund Components and Policy
The Rolf Institute Refund and Return of Title IV Funds policy, in accordance with the accrediting agency and state education department policies, is expressed as a schedule of revised institutional charges incurred by students who withdraw based on the length of time, they remain enrolled or the consumption of services. The refund policy is entirely the purview of the DIRI Educational Services Office, working collaboratively with the Financial Aid Office and Office of Accounting. The Educational Services Office is responsible for developing, updating, and distributing the policy to all offices and students. The Rolf Institute includes the institutional refund policy as a part of the Enrollment Agreement form, which applies to all DIRI students.
The following refund and return to Title IV policies will be superseded if the Federal Pro-Rata refund policy results in a refund that is more beneficial to the student. The school determines the withdrawal date for refund purposes as the last date of attendance.
Fees and charges paid to the school for goods and services which have not been provided by DIRI and accepted by the student, shall be refunded. Any money paid to the Rolf Institute in excess of the sum due to the school by the student who cancels, withdraws, or is discontinued will be refunded within thirty (30) days of such action. The failure of a student to notify the Director of Admissions in writing of withdrawal may delay the refund of tuition due pursuit to Section 5001 and 5002 of the Education Law.
The policy for granting credit for previous training shall not impact this refund policy.
|Student is entitled to upon withdrawal/termination
|Within the first 10% of the program
|90% less the cancelation charge
|After 10% but within the first 25% of the program
|75% less the cancelation charge
|After 25% but within the first 50% of the program
|50% less the cancelation charge
|After 50% but within the first 75% of the program
|25% less the cancelation charge
|After 75% of the program
*If students withdraw after completing a phase, they are responsible for 100% of the tuition and fee charges for that phase.
In the event the program must be canceled, students will receive a full refund or will be able to apply all remittances to another program.
In the unlikely event that the school closes, students will receive full refunds of all remittances.
If a Financial Aid recipient withdrawals from instruction, there may be funds that they were eligible to receive based on their Return of Title IV Funds calculation. In order to be eligible for these funds, there must be a valid ISIR on file, the funds must have been originated, and in the case of loan funds, there must be a signed Master Promissory Note on file. For SEOG funds, the award must have been made prior to the date the student became ineligible.
Post-withdrawal loan funds must be offered to the student within 30 days from the date it was determined that the student withdrew. Students are asked to accept or decline the funds within 14-days of being notified.
If a student fails to respond to the post-withdrawal disbursement request within 14-days no further action is taken. If loan funds are accepted, the school will disburse the funds within 180 days of the date the school determined the student withdrew.
Post-withdrawal grant funds will be disbursed within 45 days of the date the school determined the student withdrew.
If a post-withdrawal disbursement results in a credit balance the student has the option to have the funds issued to them in the form of a check, or for the funds to be returned. If they request a check, the refund is submitted no later than 14-days after the request is received.
For more information, please refer to the Financial Aid Policies and Procedures Manual.
DIRI does not have any provisions for students to appeal the amount of an institutional refund, the amount of outstanding charges, or the repayment process. However, the student may contact the Office of Educational Services and speak to a representative to further discuss their outstanding charges if they wish to do so.
The 2016 Final Regulations established a federal standard for borrower defense to repayment applications based upon judgments against institutions, breaches of contract by institutions, and substantial misrepresentations by institutions, in 34 C.F.R. § 685.222. This standard will be applied for borrower defense to repayment claims asserted as to loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2017.
Postponement of a starting date, whether at the request of the school or the student, requires a written agreement signed by the student and the school. The agreement must set forth:
a. Whether the postponement is for the convenience of the school or the student, and:
b. A deadline for the new start date, beyond which the start date will not be postponed.
If the course is not commenced, or the student fails to attend by the new start date set forth in the agreement, the student will be entitled to an appropriate refund of the prepaid tuition and fees within 30 days of the deadline of the new start date set forth in the agreement, determined in accordance with the school’s refund policy and all applicable laws and rules concerning the Private Occupational Act of 1981.
For students who unofficially withdrawal, meaning they do not notify an Administrator and they cease posting attendance, their date of determination is the date that the Administration became aware that the student had ceased attendance.
For students who officially withdrawal by notifying an Administrator of their intention, their date of determination is the date they notify the school to begin the withdrawal process.
In both instances, the official withdrawal date, for calculation purposes, is their last date of attendance.
For Students Who Withdraw Before 60%
The institution must perform a drop calculation (R2T4) to determine the amount of earned aid through the 60% point in each Title IV payment period (before 366 clock hours, i.e., prior to the mid-point of the program). The institution will use the U.S. Department of Education prorate schedule to determine the amount of the Return to Title IV (R2T4) funds the student has earned at the time of withdrawal.
For Students Who Withdraw After 60%
After the 60% point in the Title IV payment period (at 366 clock hour, i.e., mid-point of the program), a student has earned 100% of the Title IV, HEA funds he or she was scheduled to receive during this period. The institution must still perform a R2T4 to determine the amount of aid that the student has earned.
In both cases, funds are returned in the following order within 30 days of the student's withdrawal date:
If the R2T4 calculation results in a credit balance, refunds are issued within 14 days after the calculation has been completed.
If the R2T4 calculation results in an amount to be returned that exceeds the school’s portion, the student must repay some funds.
The Institute measures progress in clock hours and uses the Title IV payment period for the period of calculation.
Calculate the percentage of Title IV, HEA aid earned for clock hour programs:
HOURS SCHEDULED TO COMPLETE TOTAL HOURS IN THE PAYMENT PERIOD = % EARNED (Rounded to one significant digit to the right of the decimal point, ex. .4493 = 44.9%.)
Military students not accepted by the school and students who cancel the contract by notifying the school within three business days, are entitled to a full refund of all tuition and fees paid following the same refund policy for the school. Any students who withdraw after three business days, but before the commencement of classes, are entitled to a full refund of all tuition and fees paid including the application fee in excess of $10, following the refund policy of the school.
In the case of military students withdrawing after the commencement of classes, the school will retain a cancelation fee plus a percentage of tuition, which is based on the percentage of contact hours, as described in the table above.
Books and student fees used for tools and supplies are not refundable. The refund is based on the last date of recorded attendance.
Any person found to have retaliated against another individual for reporting sexual harassment will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion.
Students are required to pay a $75 administrative fee in addition to the class fee stipulated by the instructor.
All payments are made through DIRI whether paid online or by check sent to DIRI.
If faculty or DIRI cancels a workshop, students will receive a full refund including the administrative fee.
Students may drop a workshop prior to 60 days before the start date and receive 100% refund of monies paid minus the $75 administrative fee.
Students may drop a workshop between 30-60 days prior to the start date and receive a 50% refund of the full workshop fee (not including the administrative fee, which is not refundable).
Refunds for students who receive an "early bird" discount will be based on the early bird price.
Students who drop a workshop 30 days or less prior to the start date will receive no refund of money already paid.
DIRI strongly advises students to confirm class is enrolled prior to booking non-refundable travel arrangements.
Students who wish to cancel their enrollment in a course should send an email to email@example.com.
Students are required to pay a $75 Administrative Fee in addition to the Tuition Fee.
The Dr. Ida Rolf Institute will retain 1/2 of a student's deposit or $150, whichever is less, for any class dropped within 90 days of its start date. A student shall be refunded tuition in the following manner in the event (and within 30 days of the date) that a student fails to enter a class, withdraws, or has been terminated at any time prior to completion:
Advanced Training Only: A student who has not signed the DIRI Enrollment Agreement or has not been accepted to the program may cancel at no penalty.
In the event the program must be canceled, students will receive a full refund or will have the opportunity to apply all remittances to another program.
DIRI strongly advises students to confirm class is enrolled prior to booking non-refundable travel arrangements.
Students who wish to cancel their enrollment in an Advanced Training class should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students who wish to cancel their enrollment in a Required Intermediate (CER) or Rolf Movement Certification (RMI) class should send an email to email@example.com.
Please indicate the need for an I-20/M-1 Visa and submit your completed application, including a copy of your passport ID page and TOEFL scores, no later than 60 days prior to the class start date.
The Dr. Ida Rolf Institute is an approved school by the U.S. Department of Immigration and Naturalization Services for attendance by non-immigrating international students. Upon acceptance to the training, the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute will provide you with an I-20 to aid in obtaining your M-1 student visa. Students applying for visas must submit verification of funds sufficient to cover tuition and expenses.
Please note: There will be an extra fee for expedited delivery of visa documents.
Applicants who wish to enroll in the Rolfing® Certification Training Program at the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute® must be proficient in the English language, which includes the ability to read, write, understand, and communicate in English prior to enrollment.
English is the language of instruction. The Rolf Institute recognizes that students’ success in our training programs depends on the ability to be proficient in English in order to participate and be successful in the Rolfing training learning process. One of the objectives of each program is to enhance students’ communication skills with the instructor, classmates, clients, and the general public.
If English is not the primary language, students are required to show proof they have taken and met ONE of the following standards for admission into our program:
The Rolf Institute does not offer English-as-a-Second Language instruction nor provide any English language services. If scores are below these thresholds, or if the instructor determines that a student’s language skills are not adequate, they are required to hire an interpreter at their own expense or be asked to leave the program until their skill level is improved.
Application to the Rolfing Certification Program begins with the completion of the Prospective Student Application Form and payment of the Application Fee. It continues via the Online Admissions Process, which collects required forms and documents. Enrollment in each phase of the training program is done through the online course registration system. Late enrollment is not allowed.
DIRI recognizes valid high schools registered with their state department of education and reserves the right to verify high school completion or a recognized equivalent for all applicants.
If the student is not able to submit a copy of their diploma, DIRI requires signed transcripts from the High School.
If the secretary of school questions the validity of a high school diploma, DIRI will take the following steps to verify the record:
If the validity of the high school transcript is in question, DIRI will take the following steps to verify the record:
If DIRI has determined that a high school is not a valid diploma-granting institution, students will be ineligible for admission.
Students who have not received a high school diploma must complete the GED or attain an Adult High School diploma through a valid diploma-granting institution.
High schools are defined as valid diploma-granting institutions if they have met any of the following requirements:
Secondary institutions outside of Colorado will be determined as valid based on the above information, given the institution’s state department of education.
Foundations of Rolfing Structural Integration classes have a Faculty:Student ratio no greater than 1:10.
Embodiment of Rolfing SI and Rolf Movement Integration and Clinical Application of Rolfing Theory classes have a Faculty:Student ratio no greater than 1:10.
Current class schedules, information, and dates for the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute programs, both domestic and international, are posted on the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute's Course Catalog webpage.
Students who wish to change one or more of their phases of training are required to complete the Cohort Change Request Form. Students must provide a detailed description of why they are requesting a change to their cohort. All requests are reviewed by the Education Department prior to approval and students are notified via email, mail, or phone of the outcome.
The cost is $100 for each phase of training that is changed after an Enrollment Agreement has been signed. The fee may be waived at the discretion of the Director of Admissions.
If a change request is approved, students will need to complete a Leave of Absence (LOA) Request form through the Admissions Department. Per Department of Education Regulations, the maximum timeframe for an LOA is 180 days within a 12-month period and includes weekends and scheduled breaks.
Due to DIRI’s mandatory scheduled breaks in between phases, students who change their cohort may be out of school for more than 180 days. If this is the case, students will need to be withdrawn and will be required to complete a reinstatement request prior to returning to school.
Students on Financial Aid who are withdrawn due to cohort changes may be required to pay a portion of their tuition out of pocket. If, after a Return of Title IV calculation is completed, it is determined that a portion of the student’s aid must be returned to the Department of Education the student will have an opportunity to discuss their options with the Financial Aid Department. Financial Aid Students will be required to complete Exit Counseling, Federal Loans may become due prior to them returning to school, and they will need to re-apply for Financial Aid when they return to DIRI to complete their program.
A new Enrollment Agreement is required anytime a class schedule is changed.
The program is measured in clock hours containing a minimum of 50 minutes of instruction in a 60-minute block of time. The Rolf Institute does not use credits or credit hours for the Rolfing Training Program.
If the Rolf Institute cancels an individual class day, it is the responsibility of the instructor to arrange for the make-up of that time.
If the Rolf Institute cancels an entire phase of the training, all students will receive a full refund of their tuition and deposit or can choose to apply their deposit to a future scheduled Phase.
The nature of Rolfing SI requires a close client-practitioner relationship. The student's conduct while in class provides the opportunity for the instructor to observe and evaluate the student's professionalism and maturity. Any conduct or behavior by the student that might jeopardize the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute or the reputation of Rolfing SI will be cause for expulsion. Disruptive behavior displayed towards faculty or classmates will not be tolerated. Students displaying disruptive behavior may be suspended, due to conduct, from the class and/or expelled from the program. Attending classes under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or illegal drugs, or exhibiting behavior disruptive to the class is cause for conduct suspension or expulsion. Failure to pay tuition in a timely manner can also be a cause for action. If a student is expelled due to conduct, the Last Date of Attendance (LDA) is the last date the student was in class.
The authority granted by, the DIRI Board of Directors has established regulations on student conduct and student discipline on the campus and off-site centers.
Violations of the Student Conduct Code could result in a variety of disciplinary actions, including suspension or permanent dismissal from the Rolf Institute. Concerns regarding possible violations should be directed to:
The Director of Faculty and Student Services
The Rolf Institute
It is the policy of the Rolf Institute to support and promote each individual's right to express views and opinions, to associate freely with others, and to assemble peacefully. In order to assure those rights to all members of the Rolf Institute community, the General Conduct Code outlines prohibited conduct on the Rolf Institute campus, sites and identifies applicable disciplinary codes under which sanctions can be applied for violation of the stated rules
Students are expected to conduct themselves in a way that supports the mission and community of the Rolf Institute. Personal and professional integrity are essential. Students may be warned, placed on probation indefinitely, suspended, or dismissed for violations that include (but are not limited to) the following:
Steps that will be taken when a violation occurs:
Note: Should just grounds be determined for the allegation, DIRI reserves the right to turn over to local authorities all documentation for possible consideration for legal proceedings.
What is copyright?
A copyright is the legal protection of intellectual property, in whatever medium, that is provided for by the laws of the United States to the owners of the copyright. Types of works that are covered by copyright laws include but are not limited to literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, film, and multi-media works. Many people understand that printed works, such as books and magazine articles, are covered by copyright laws, but they are not aware that the protection extends to digital files, including music (like mp3), movies (like mp4, avi, flv), electronic books (like epubs), photos (like jpeg, png, gif), software, and unpublished works.
What is the current law concerning digital copyright?
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), signed into law in 1998, recognizes that digital transmission of works adds complexity to copyright laws. The unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject an individual to civil and criminal liabilities. Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes infringement.
Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or “statutory” damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys’ fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505. Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense.
The Rolf Institute's Policy
Copyright violation is a serious issue because technology makes it easy to copy and transmit protected works over the Rolf Institute's network. The Rolf Institute does not allow the illegal or inappropriate use of material that is subject to copyright protection and covered by state and federal laws. Peer-to-peer sharing (including the download via torrents) is not allowed.
Members, in good standing, are allowed to use the photos and text found on the Rolf Institute website for their marketing materials, with the use of the appropriate acknowledgments. Students and members should research the origin of all images found on the internet, that they choose to use in the materials on their websites, so they do not violate copyright law.
The Rolf Institute prohibits sexual harassment of its students by any Institute employee or other student. Such conduct may result in disciplinary action up to and including discharge or removal from the training and/or The Rolf Institute. The policy covers all students enrolled for training, workshops, continuing education and advanced training. The Institute will not tolerate, condone, or allow sexual harassment, whether engaged in by fellow students, employees, associates, clients or other non-employees who conduct business with the Institute. Students will receive prompt notification if expulsion is being considered.
Sexual harassment is any behavior that includes unwelcome sexual advances and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
• Submission to, or rejection of, such conduct is used as the basis for grades, advancement, and or training decisions;
• The conduct unreasonably interferes with an individual's education and training performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning environment.
Rolf Institute students, faculty, and employees are entitled to work in an environment free from sexual harassment and a hostile or offensive working environment. The Institute recognizes sexual harassment as unlawful discrimination, just as conduct that belittles or demeans any individual on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual preference, age, disability, or other similar characteristics or circumstances.
No faculty or staff shall threaten or imply that a student’s refusal to submit to sexual advances will adversely affect that student's training, grades, employment, compensation, advancement, assigned duties, or any other term or condition of training or attending the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute for career training and development. Sexual joking, lewd pictures, and any conduct that tends to make students, faculty, and staff of one gender "sex objects" are prohibited.
Students who have complaints of sexual harassment should (and are encouraged to) report such complaints to a faculty member, the Director of Education Services, or the Executive Director. If the Director of Education Services is the cause of the offending conduct, the employee may report this matter directly to the Executive Director. If the Executive Director is the cause of the offending conduct, the employee may report this matter directly to the Chairperson of the Board of Directors. Your complaint will be promptly and thoroughly investigated. Confidentiality of reports and investigations of sexual harassment will be maintained to the greatest extent possible. Any faculty member, student, staff person, or employee who, after appropriate investigation, is found to have engaged in sexual harassment of another employee or student will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including discharge or removal from the Institute.
If any party directly involved in a sexual harassment investigation is dissatisfied with the outcome or resolution, that individual has the right to appeal the decision. The dissatisfied party should submit his or her written comments to the Executive Director. The Institute will not in any way retaliate against any individual who makes a report of sexual harassment nor permit any student, faculty member, staff, or employee to do so. Retaliation is a serious violation of this sexual harassment policy and should be reported immediately. Any person found to have retaliated against another individual for reporting sexual harassment will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion.
The Dr. Ida Rolf Institute (DIRI) promotes respect for the individual, and upholds each individual’s bodily autonomy, privacy, and the right to determine the appropriate and comfortable level of touch, dress, and bodily coverage during Rolfing® SI and Skillful Touch sessions at DIRI. Given the nature of Rolfing work, it is important for the practitioner to have direct access to the physical body of the client during assessments, table work, and reassessment. At no time does this access include full nudity, and clients must comply with the Clothing and Coverage Details outlined below. For additional comfort, Rolfing students and practitioners provide sheets and blankets.
DIRI Clothing and Coverage Details
Rolfing clients are asked to wear minimal clothing, to the level of their comfort, to allow the Rolfing students and practitioners appropriate access to the skin during the session and for body readings. Clients of all genders must wear either underwear, running shorts, bathing suit bottoms, or other appropriate coverings at all times. Additionally, people with breasts must wear a bra, tank top, or another chest covering. Demonstration clients, who receive sessions from an instructor or an assistant, as well as clinic clients, who receive sessions from student practitioners, are required to bring and wear appropriate attire. The DIRI Clinic Coordinator informs potential clients of these policies during the clinic application process. Clients must confirm in writing that they understand these policies and are willing to perform this role and receive sessions in the appropriate attire.
Rolfing students and practitioners remain fully clothed in the classroom, unless receiving touch practice, a session from a peer, or modeling during a lesson. At those times, students must adhere to the same Clothing and Coverage Details outlined for clients above.
The process for students to report possible violations of discrimination, sexual harassment, grievance, or deceptive trade to the administration is as follows:
Attempting to resolve any issue with the School first is strongly encouraged. Complaints may be filed by a student or guardian at any time online with the Division of Private Occupational Schools (DPOS) within two years from the student’s last date of attendance or at any time prior to the commencement of training at http://highered.colorado.gov/dpos, 303-862-3001.
Complaints may also be filed with The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA), 5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 440, Washington, D.C. 20015.
Note: Should just grounds be determined for the allegation the files and supporting documentation may be turned over to local authorities for possible consideration for legal proceedings.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, also known as the Buckley Amendment, protects the privacy of student records. The Act provides for the right to inspect and review education records, the right to seek to amend those records, and to limit the disclosure of information for the records.
Further details may be found on the FERPA page.
As part of FERPA, students have access to their student records as follows:
The Rolf Institute is committed to ensuring that individuals with disabilities by reason of their disability, not be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program offered by the Institute. The Rolf Institute is a Private school authorized under the Colorado Division of Private Occupational Schools (DPOS). As a private school, The Rolf Institute meets the 1992 Americans with Disability Act, including requirements for 504 plans.
The Dr. Ida Rolf Institute prohibits the denial of admissions or enrollment on specified discriminatory grounds. DIRI does not impose eligibility criteria for participation in its programs, services, or activities that either screen out or tend to screen out persons with disabilities.
Once a student is admitted, The Rolf Institute requires appropriate documentation of the student’s disability in order to develop either an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) for students with learning disabilities or a 504 Plan for students with physical disabilities. DIRI is committed to providing reasonable accommodations that support and ensure each student’s academic progress and success in meeting all requirements of the program.
The Rolf Institute does not provide additional services for individuals with disabilities that are not provided for individuals without disabilities. The Rolf Institute is not required to take any action that would result in a fundamental alteration in the nature of the service, program, or activity offered or to undergo any undue financial and administrative burdens.
DIRI is committed to ensuring that individuals with disabilities are not excluded from services, programs, and activities because buildings are inaccessible. DIRI has removed barriers in the building, provides an elevator, and ensures an accessible entrance, and reasonable maneuverability within the building and classrooms.
DIRI aims to ensure that Individuals with disabilities are integrated to the maximum extent appropriate in order to receive the same opportunities as any student in the programs. DIRI is committed to the basic principle that individuals with disabilities be provided an equally effective opportunity to participate in or benefit from training at the Institute.
The Director of Education Services, in collaboration with the Director of Financial Aid and faculty, will develop an IEP that identifies any specialized academic modifications to the learning environment for students with disabilities. In general, The Rolf Institute will work with students to provide a variety of services that will accommodate their specific needs.
Accommodations may include:
Extended Test Time
A student who is eligible for extended test time will be accommodated on the day of the entrance exam by being given additional time beyond the normal three-hour time limit.
Distraction Free Testing
The Rolf Institute has a conference room that can be used to eliminate distractions that might occur in a regular classroom. During distraction-free testing, the test taker will be alone in the room with a staff member nearby.
The Rolf Institute does allow another student to serve as a test reader during the exam as needed and requested.
Alternative Format Testing
Accommodations can be made for the testing environment to be modified or for the exam to be given orally if necessary.
All students who attend The Rolf Institute have access to the Director of Financial Aid and Director of Education Services for advising as needed. Faculty members also serve as advisors to help students stay on the right track to obtain their certificates.
The student may hire a note-taker, at their expense, to assist in note-taking during a class. This is usually a student from another class not in session as they are better able to accommodate and understand the language of the instructor and this allows for less disruption to the class flow.
Some adaptive technologies are available to support students with physical disabilities. Students should contact the Director of Educational Services to discuss specific needs and the accommodations that are available through the Institute
The student may hire an interpreter, at their expense if they do not clearly understand the English language since all of our classes are taught in English. This is usually a student from another class not in session, or a Rolfer, as they are better able to accommodate and understand the language of the instructor and this allows for less disruption to the class flow.
If you will require special accommodation, be sure to complete the Special Needs Request as part of your Admissions packet.
The Rolf Institute adheres to Colorado Revised Statute 12-59-117. To view the full statute, please view Article 59 on the CO Department of Higher Ed website. Complaints of deceptive trade can be filed with the Division of Private Occupational Schools (DPOS) at http://highered.colorado.gov/dpos, 303-862-3001.
Complaints may also be filed with The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA), 5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 440, Washington, D.C. 20015.
The Rolf Institute does not discriminate against race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, gender, age, disability, or veteran status in admissions or in its education program or activities.
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” The Certified Rolfing Structural Integration and Movement Integration Programs may not discriminate against any individual who is enrolled in the program and who is pregnant. Appropriate accommodations and alternate comparable activities will be offered as the situation warrants. Upon confirmation of pregnancy, the student must obtain a written statement of medical clearance (without restrictions) from her doctor regarding health status and advisement for continued participation in supervised practice experiences. Medical clearance forms are available through the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute Admissions Office.
The Dr. Ida Rolf Institute carefully screens applicants and monitors their progress as they go through our programs. While the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute is the sole certifying body for Rolfing Practitioners and requires that Rolfers adhere to the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute is not a regulatory agency and therefore is not responsible for any actions or activities on the part of the Rolfer once he or she has graduated from the Rolfing Certification Program.
The Dr. Ida Rolf Institute offers two certification programs in Rolfing Structural Integration. Each program has three phases, which must successfully be completed for certification. The Rolfing Certification program is designed for students with no experience in bodywork and requires 731 clock hours or a total of 22 weeks of instructional time in the classroom. The Regional Rolfing Certification program (“Regional”) is designed for students with a license and/or extensive experience in bodywork and requires 600 clock hours or a total of 18 weeks of instructional time in the classroom.
The Dr. Ida Rolf Institute also offers Advanced Rolfing Certification Training and Rolf Movement Certification Training. The Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy applies to all students enrolled in any certification program at the Rolf Institute.
Students receiving financial aid are held to the same requirements as any other student for meeting SAP standards and may be reviewed at additional times for SAP compliance prior to a financial award disbursement being made.
Financial assistance is not available to cover the cost of a previously completed course to improve skills, nor will the attempt be reflected on the student's academic record. If a student fails to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress and must repeat a phase the units from every attempt will be used to calculate SAP status and the repeated phase will count towards the 150% maximum timeframe calculation.
Students enrolled in any of the Certification programs must meet the requirements below (and, if applicable, to remain eligible for all types of financial aid):
All enrolled students are evaluated for Satisfactory Academic Progress at the end of Phase I and at the mid-point of the program as follows:
Clock hour schedule (and as applies for Financial Aid Activities)
731 Clock Hour Program:
Financial Aid Payment Period One: 0-365.5 clock hours
Financial Aid Payment Period Two: 365.5-731 clock-hours
600 Clock Hour Program:
Disbursements are made in two payment periods as follows, depending on when the student is awarded aid or decides to receive their first payment:
Phase I and II Disbursement Payment Periods: The first disbursement is issued during Phase I, 30 days after the start date for the program for any student.
The second disbursement is issued at the midpoint of the program, during Phase II, after the satisfactory completion of 366 clock hours for the 731-hour Program.
Phase II and III Disbursement Payment Period: For students who do not elect to start financial aid in Phase I, they may request financial aid starting in Phase II and will be eligible for the full amount of aid available for the whole program. In these cases, the first disbursement is issued after the start date of Phase II, if the student has met all SAP requirements for the completion of Phase I.
The second disbursement is issued at the midpoint of the program, during Phase II after the successful completion of 366 clock hours for the 731-hour Program.
Quantitative (Pace) Standard
In order to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress, students must be on pace to meet all SAP requirements for graduation by successfully completing no less than 2/3 or 67% of the total cumulative weeks/clock hours of instructional time attempted.
Pace = Cumulative number of weeks/clock hours for each phase that you have successfully completed Cumulative number of weeks/clock hours for each phase that you have attempted.
All program requirements must be completed within a maximum time frame of 150% times the normal program length as measured in the total number of calendar weeks and clock hours the student is in class. The Rolfing Certification normal program length is 22 weeks or 731 clock hours and therefore, must be completed within the maximum time framework of 33 weeks or 1096.5 clock hours of class time.
So as not to exceed the maximum time framework for meeting the progress and pacing standards for program completion, no student shall be allowed to repeat more than one Phase in the total program; each repeated Phase is factored into the Maximum Time Framework allowable for completing the program.
Time spent on an approved Leave of Absence (LOA) or a scheduled break is not counted against the maximum time framework.
Qualitative (Academic) Standard
In order to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress, students must maintain a minimum C average (no less than 70%) by the end of Phase I (218 clock hours), and a cumulative C average (no less than 70%) by both the midterm of Phase II (366 hours) and the end of Phase III (731 hours).
For the Rolfing SI Certification Program, students may be required to repeat up to one Phase of the program, if for any reason, they are placed on academic probation due to failing to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress. However, students may repeat no more than one Phase of the program.
Any student, who repeats a Phase, must re-enroll in the next appropriate and available Phase offered, or the student will be required formally to withdraw from the program. The student may be reinstated to the program if and only if he or she re-enrolls in the required Phase that needs to be repeated within no more than 180 days from the last day of attendance.
Students who withdraw from the program will receive a grade of 0% in each Phase interrupted by the withdrawal. Any interrupted Phase must be repeated upon reinstatement to the institution. Regardless of the reason for a withdrawal, the sum of all attempted clock hours will count toward a student’s allowable Maximum Time Framework.
Grades for all phases, including repeats, are counted in the Qualitative analysis when determining Satisfactory Academic Progress unless the phase was previously completed successfully and the student is auditing voluntarily.
Students who repeat a Phase and are not on pace to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress at the point where they will complete a total of 67% (or 2/3) of the maximum allowable hours, will be placed on financial aid suspension and administratively withdrawn. Students on financial aid suspension may not receive further financial aid.
The cost of repeating a phase will be determined based on one of the following scenarios:
Due to the intensive and experiential nature of the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute's Certification Programs, punctual attendance is required of all students. Students are expected to arrive on time for class every day and an overall attendance rate of at least 67% is required to maintain the Maximum Time Frame Pace Standard.
One unexcused absence requires a consultation with the instructor. Three unexcused absences may result in a student needing to repeat that phase or portion of the program. Note, no more than one phase may be repeated. Three unexcused tardies are the equivalent of one unexcused absence and will require a consultation with an instructor.
Instructors may request your withdrawal from a course or program if absences or tardiness are excessive. A student may be readmitted with the approval of the Executive Director. Additional fees may be required.
Students who are unable to continue classes for medical reasons or severe personal problems will be required to take a leave of absence until they are able to return to class. Proper documentation will be required to substantiate a student’s withdrawal. A student may be readmitted with the approval of the Executive Director. Additional fees may be required.
The student’s academic average is reviewed to determine qualitative progress. The minimum requirement to meet SAP is a C average (no less than 70%) at the conclusion of each Phase and a cumulative C average (no less than 70%) for the program.
The Grading Scale is as follows:
90-100% = A 80-90% = B
70-80% = C
60-70% = D
Below 60% = F
Grades are provided to students using the Learning Management System Gradebook.
Because of the difficulty of students completing work outside of class, or entering any phase after it has begun, no grade of “Incomplete” is issued for any phase of the Rolfing programs and therefore has no effect on SAP.
In the event a student finds it necessary to be absent from school for an extended period of time, they may request an official Leave of Absence from the institution. Generally, only one Leave of Absence will be permitted per student request. The term of the Leave of Absence cannot exceed 90 days or three months, in addition to DIRI scheduled breaks.
There are two types of leave: Planned and Unplanned.
Except in unusual cases involving unforeseen circumstances, a student’s request for a leave of absence must be made in advance. Students may request official leaves of absence subject to the following U.S. Department of Education limitations:
No more than 180 combined days of leaves of absence are permitted in a twelve-month period. No more than three months (90 days), in addition to scheduled break time, will be granted for an initial Leave of Absence to any student.
The twelve-month period referenced in these provisions starts on the first day of the first leave.
A student’s request for a leave of absence must be submitted in writing, must state the reason for which the leave of absence is being requested, and must be approved by the Director of Faculty & Student Services to be considered an official leave of absence. The Rolf Institution will only approve leaves of absence in cases where there is a reasonable expectation that the student will return to the program as scheduled.
Students will not incur additional charges from the institution for any absences during an official leave of absence period.
Students who fail to return to school as scheduled from an official leave of absence will be considered to have withdrawn from the institution. Failure to return may result in a drop calculation being completed, which may result in Title IV funds being returned to the Department of Education. Funds can be reinstated upon a student’s return to DIRI at the student’s request, as long as the total combined days of absence will not exceed 180 in an annual, twelve-month period.
The student’s withdrawal date for refund calculation purposes will be considered the last date of attendance at the institution. If a student fails to return from an approved leave of absence, a portion or the entire student’s grace period associated with any federal student loans may be forfeited resulting in the obligation to immediately begin loan repayment.
At times, students may need to drop out of their current pipeline due to home or work commitments. If students should need to change one or more of their classes, they will be required to complete the Cohort Change Request Form.
Students must provide a detailed description of why they are requesting a change to their cohort. All requests are reviewed by the Education Department prior to approval and students are notified via email, mail, or phone of the outcome.
The cost is $100 for each phase of training that is changed after an Enrollment Agreement has been signed. If a change request is approved, students will need to complete a Leave of Absence (LOA) Request form through the Admissions Department. Per Department of Education Regulations, the maximum timeframe for an LOA is 180 days within a 12-month period and includes weekends and scheduled breaks.
Due to DIRI’s mandatory scheduled breaks in between phases, students who change their cohort may be out for more than 180 days. If this is the case, students will need to be withdrawn and will be required to complete a Reinstatement request prior to returning to school.
Students on Financial Aid who are withdrawn due to cohort changes may be required to pay a portion of their tuition out of pocket. If, after a Return of Title IV calculation is completed, it is determined that a portion of the student’s aid must be returned to the Department of Education the student will have an opportunity to discuss their options with the Financial Aid Department. Financial Aid Students will be required to complete Exit Counseling, Federal Loans may become due prior to students returning to school, and they will need to re-apply for Financial Aid when they return to DIRI to complete their program.
A new Enrollment Agreement is required anytime a class schedule is changed.
The Dr. Ida Rolf Institute accepts two types of transfer credits:
Transfer credits from a Rolfing SI International Program:
DIRI accepts credits from other Rolfing SI International schools for one completed Phase one, two, or three. For DIRI to issue a final certification, all phases of the DIRI Rolfing SI programs must be completed for certification through either the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute or one of its affiliated international schools.
Please note that only phases/programs offered by the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute are accredited. Students need to check with the specific state licensing agency where they intend to practice regarding accreditation standards and the number of clock hours required for licensing. Also, please note that only students attending the school in Boulder for the entire training are eligible for Title IV financial aid. Per the U.S. Department of Education, financial aid only covers phases offered through accredited programs. Therefore, financial aid may NOT be transferred to a Rolfing SI International school.
Transfer credits from a professional school:
Students may transfer up to 131 clock hours in specific subject areas if they have completed an approved 250 or more clock-hour bodywork program. Students must have graduated from the professional program and hold a certification. Students must have completed ALL of the 131 clock hours and the program to transfer ANY credits over. Transfer students with professional certification may reduce the length of Phase I in the Rolfing SI program to two weeks.
Students must submit an official transcript that shows satisfactory academic progress in completing the following clock hours in order to receive any transfer credits:
DIRI does not guarantee the transferability of credits to another institution unless there is a written agreement with another institution. All components of the DIRI Rolfing SI programs must be completed for certification through the Rolf Institute or one of its affiliated international schools.
DIRI may only issue a COMTA “accredited” Certificate to students who have completed all credit hours within a U.S. DIRI program in Boulder, CO. Any student who transfers from a Rolfing International school will receive a “non-accredited” Certificate. Students who transfer from DIRI to any international school will need to formally “withdraw” from the U.S. DIRI program and be enrolled in the Rolfing International Program. Students with financial aid who withdraw from the Rolfing SI program to enroll in a Rolfing International program will be responsible for any Title IV funds that are required to be returned or repaid based on the last date of attendance at the Rolf Institute. The transferred hours will be counted towards the Pace/ Quantitative Standard (attempted and earned hours) but will have no bearing on the Grades/ Qualitative Standard.
Evaluation of prior credit for students using Veteran's Education Benefits
The evaluation of previous postsecondary education and training is mandatory/required for VA beneficiaries. For students utilizing Veterans benefits who are approved for transfer credit as a result of this evaluation, the institution will grant appropriate credit, reduce the program length proportionately, notify the student and Veterans Affairs in writing of this decision, and adjust invoicing of the VA accordingly.
If a student fails to meet any of the quantitative or qualitative standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress, he or she will be placed on warning for the next evaluation period via an Academic Learning Plan. The student is eligible for financial aid while on warning during the payment period in which the warning was issued.
Students will be notified in writing when they are placed on academic warning and the steps necessary to be removed from warning status. Students will also receive attendance or academic counseling from the Director of Faculty & Student or faculty as appropriate when they are placed on warning.
The written warning will outline the steps needed to complete the program including the quantitative and qualitative SAP requirements that must be met by the student. Written warnings may include a requirement that a student repeats a Phase for which they fail to maintain a C average (70%), or in borderline cases, complete a specific number of mentoring hours during a scheduled break. Any additional requirements such as a repeat of a Phase or the student at their own expense will complete mentoring hours.
Failure to achieve Satisfactory Academic Progress, including all progress, pacing, and academic requirements stipulated in the Academic Learning Plan, at the end of the SAP Warning period, will result in the student being placed on SAP (or Financial Aid) Suspension and/or administrative withdrawal/dismissal. The institution will notify a student by certified mail if he or she is being administratively withdrawn/dismissed for unsatisfactory academic progress.
A student on SAP/Financial Aid Suspension status will not receive federal or institutional financial aid. A student who has been placed on SAP/Financial Aid Suspension may appeal this status.
The student may submit a written appeal of their Financial Aid Suspension or dismissal within five calendar days of their receipt of the notice. The appeal must be accompanied by documentation of the mitigating circumstances that have prevented the student from attaining satisfactory academic progress such as the death of a relative of the student, personal injury or illness of the student, social or psychological problems, learning disorders, or other circumstances that will be reviewed at the discretion of the Director of Faculty & Students Services. The student must also show evidence that changes have occurred to allow the student to meet standards of satisfactory academic progress.
The Director of Faculty & Student Services will assess all appeals and determine whether the student may be permitted to continue in school on probationary status, despite not meeting the satisfactory progress requirements or being administratively withdrawn from the program.
The student will be sent the written decision within ten days of the institution’s receipt of the appeal.
The decision of the Administration, in collaboration with the faculty, is final. Students who continue while on probationary status will have a written Learning/Academic plan that outlines the standards that must be met to be removed from probation and successfully complete the program.
If an appeal is approved, students will be permitted to continue their studies under Financial Aid Probation and will regain Financial Aid eligibility. If they have not improved their grades by the midpoint of the following phase, they will be administratively withdrawn from the program.
If an appeal is denied, students will be administratively withdrawn and placed on an Academic Learning Plan that will outline the steps required in order to return.
Students will not be eligible for Title IV Aid during this time.
Once a student has completed the required steps outlined in the Academic Learning Plan, they will be allowed to reinstate at a later date, however, any student who does not return after two years may be required to repeat the entire program.
One of the conditions of reinstatement may be the repeat of the current/last phase, however, only one phase may be repeated. If students fail to meet satisfactory academic progress after the repeat of a phase, they will be administratively withdrawn and will have to wait at least one year before reenrolling.
Students reinstated upon appeal are on probationary status for the next evaluation period, during which time they must meet the terms and conditions set out in the Director of Faculty & Student Services' letter granting the appeal. At the end of the evaluation period, and at the end of every evaluation period thereafter, the student’s academic status will be reviewed. The student may continue on probation as long as he or she meets the terms of the academic plan approved at the time the student’s appeal was granted, until such time as Satisfactory Academic Progress is regained. Any student reinstated after dismissal and appeal is not eligible for financial aid until he or she regains satisfactory progress status by meeting the minimum SAP standards, in addition to meeting all requirements for any financial aid loans previously issued.
If a student voluntarily withdraws or is administratively withdrawn from the program and wishes to return within two years, they will have to be reinstated to begin training again. If over one year calculated from the last day of attendance (LDA) has elapsed, the student’s application for reinstatement will be reviewed by the Student Evaluation Committee (SEC) and the student may have to repeat all or some of the previously completed phases of training.
The Rolf Institute offers the Rolfing Certificate Program two to three times per year. Each cohort consists of three courses: Phase I which is six weeks long, Phase II which is eight weeks long, and Phase III which is eight weeks long. There is a scheduled break of two to three weeks between each phase. The SAP calculation scheduled is the same for each cohort: at the end of Phase I, at the midpoint of the program (365.5 successfully completed hours and 11 completed weeks), and at the end of Phase II.
Students who transfer hours into the Rolfing Program will reduce the program length by four weeks. They will follow the same SAP calculation schedule.
The transferred hours will be counted towards the Pace/ Quantitative Standard (attempted and earned hours) but will have no bearing on the Grades/ Qualitative Standard.
The Rolf Institute does not offer noncredit remedial courses. Mentorship and classes taken outside of the institute are not counted towards SAP but may be counted as Continuing Education.
During their stay in Boulder, students typically rent rooms in the community at a reasonable cost of $500 - $900 per month. A local, private referral list is available to students upon request by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. This housing referral list includes pertinent contact information,
along with details on location and distance from the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute. Many of the living situations are within walking distance or a short bike ride or drive to The Rolf Institute.
The bus system throughout Boulder and Denver is quite convenient. A local bus drops students off just a block away from the school. For the bus schedule please check the RTD website at: www.rtd-denver.com. The Rolf Institute is not affiliated with or responsible for any housing options on this list.
Class information is communicated, whether by email or via the Learning Management System, to all students prior to the beginning of and during each class.
All student records are permanently on file in the school’s administrative office. Please review Student Access to Records for FERPA rules on access and disclosure. Any student who wishes to see his/her records may do so by appointment during regular office hours. Student records are available to the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute administration, the Student Evaluation Committee, and the faculty of classes in which the student has been enrolled. Records are not available to other parties without the written consent of the student. Official transcripts may be sent to a third party only at the specific request of the student.
VA students’ records must be kept for three (3) years following the ending date of the last period certified to the VA. Referenced law: Title 38 CFR 21.4209(f)
Transcripts are available upon request HERE. Official transcripts may be sent to a third party only at the specific request of the student.
Students receive certificates documenting the successful completion of their program. By affiliating with Membership Services, they become a Certified Rolfer. The Dr. Ida Rolf Institute also provides certificates for Rolf Movement Integration Certification, Advanced Rolfing Certification, and all the Dr. Ida Rolf Institute CE courses.
The Dr. Ida Rolf Institute provides all the necessary supplies for classroom instruction. These supplies include Rolfing tables, Rolfing benches, linens, audiovisual equipment, a digital camera system, orthopedic skeletons, and anatomical charts. Handouts and other resources are provided electronically through the learning management system. Students are expected to purchase their own books and personal supplies.
The Rolf Institute's Thom Droge Memorial Library contains a wide variety of books, Journals, research articles, and educational videos on Rolfing Structural Integration and some allied health topics. Resources are for use only at the Rolf Institute. Students are encouraged to utilize these sources to enhance their learning experience and aid in their career goals.
In order to maintain and improve program effectiveness, the Rolf Institute monitors and reports completion, placement, and licensure exam rates on an annual basis. The collected information includes the name and contact information of employers, as well as other verification; and/or self-employment client logs, marketing materials, business permits, and tax documents. Information from Rolfers who want to share their practices or about possible job opportunities may be available on the Rolf Institute bulletin board or in a member newsletter. The employment options for graduates in this field of study are quite varied. While part-time and full-time employee positions are becoming more available, most graduates are still entering the professional world as independent contractors or sole proprietors immediately after graduating. Training in this field is also known to be an outlet for people to do something they love.
Information from Rolfers who want to share their practices or about possible job opportunities may be available on the Rolf Institute bulletin board or in a member newsletter.
Certification as a Rolfer does not guarantee a license to practice massage or bodywork in a particular state or city. State and local licensing regulations vary. The Rolf Institute's educational program and courses leading to certification as a Rolfer may not prepare students for licensure in their respective states and municipalities.
State and municipal licensing laws vary in their content, hours requirement, and testing requirements, and in some cases, municipal ordinances may apply in the absence of state law. Students are responsible for checking the licensing requirements in the states and cities in which they wish to practice.
In Colorado Rolfers are exempt from having to practice under a massage license. For a list of state licensure requirements, please visit the ABMP's website at www.massagetherapy.com/_content/careers/MTreg.pdf or the AMTA at www.amtamassage.org/regulation/stateRegulations.html.
Upon successful completion of the Rolfing program, students will have met and exceeded the licensing requirements for massage practice per Colorado Revised Statute 12-35.5-117 (§ 12-35.5-117, C.R.S.). While this program does exceed the minimum requirements, students should not consider the program as a terminal certificate for a massage alone, but rather as preparation to be Structural Integrators.
Please check the schedule as posted on the class calendar or contact the Education Department for current class schedules.
Administrative holidays and the academic schedule do not always coincide. Due to the intensive nature of the training, classes may be in session during hours and days when the administrative offices are closed. Schedules for specific classes may also differ from the dates and times listed in the schedule. Instructors will distribute the class schedule to students during the first week of class.
Administrative Offices are closed on the following dates.
Holidays and dates when classes are in session are indicated.
|January 1 (New Year's Day)
|Martin Luther King Day (January)
|Classes in Session
|Memorial Day (May)
|Classes in Session
|July 4 (Independence Day)
|Classes in Session
|Labor Day (September)
|Classes in Session
|Thanksgiving + Friday after
|No Classes Thanksgiving week
|Winter Break (last week of December
and the first week of January)