New Idaho Law Allowing Tuition Work-Off Programs

Idaho HB 519 has become law. The new law allows Idaho massage therapy schools to create tuition work-off programs whereby students can obtain tuition credit for performing massage in the school’s clinical program. Schools may choose to create such a tuition work-off program but they are not required to do so. The bill requires that the program must be part of a clinical requirement or supervised massage therapy fieldwork experience for graduation, the student’s work must be performed under the supervision of a licensee, and the student cannot hold himself or herself out as a licensed massage therapist. The law also allows the Idaho Massage Board to establish requirements for a temporary massage license and provisional permit.