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Admissions Phone: 970-759-8324

Cost and Length of Stay

Open Sky Wilderness Therapy is a private pay treatment center; we do not receive insurance reimbursement for our services. Additional details on insurance are provided below. The program’s total cost encompasses a daily rate for the length of the stay and other program-specific fees. Families can anticipate an average length of stay between 10 to 12 weeks. Please contact the Open Sky admissions team (970-759-8324) to discuss tuition and financing options.

Reimburse Program Expenses Using College Savings

Open Sky offers young adult and high-school-aged adolescents the opportunity to both earn college credits while at Open Sky and use college savings to pay for all or a portion of their treatment and education. When registered for three credit hours in the approved course, families can use funds from 529 plans and AmeriCorps vouchers to pay for the Open Sky program and Western Colorado University course credits.* Click here for more information for high-school-aged adolescents and here for young adults. If you would like to explore using a 529 plan or AmeriCorps voucher to pay for treatment, please contact We also recommend consulting with your tax advisor regarding eligibility of 529 funds for potential program and registration reimbursement.
*Consult with admissions to see if this is appropriate for your child.


Open Sky is a private pay treatment center; we do not receive insurance reimbursement for our services. It is the sole responsibility of the family to coordinate possible insurance reimbursement directly with the student’s healthcare insurer. If you are considering seeking insurance reimbursement for our program costs, we strongly recommend you work with an insurance advocate. Open Sky is an expert on providing a powerful, transformative experience for our students and their families. Insurance advocates are experts on insurance claims processing and reimbursement.

While not a guarantee, families are increasingly being reimbursed for a portion of program costs. It is worthwhile to have a professional review your policy to understand what reimbursement you may anticipate. Insurance advocates specialize in managing health insurance claims to help you develop and implement a strategy to achieve maximum coverage. They will provide a free initial consultation, perform a verification of benefits, support any preauthorization requirements, and address all correspondence with your insurance company including coding, claim creation, electronic claim submission, corrections, appeals, and denials.

Families who attempt to process claims on their own are typically denied coverage. We strongly recommend families work with an insurance advocate that can offer experienced professionals and services to navigate the nuances of your insurance plan and the claims process. During the admissions process, Open Sky can provide you with more information about these services. If you have any questions, please contact our admissions team.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Partial scholarship and financing options may be available for qualified families. Please contact an admissions counselor for more information.

Open Sky is pleased to partner with Sky’s the Limit Fund, a nonprofit organization that selectively awards partial scholarships to wilderness therapy students whose families may meet the financial criteria.

Another available resource is Prosper Healthcare Lending. Prosper Healthcare lending offers the following benefits:

  • Immediate decisions for loans under $35,000
  • Term options out to 84 months (affordable monthly payments)
  • No collateral required
  • No prepayment penalties
  • Fast and easy application process
  • 100% confidential