Sylvan Learning Centers

What Does a Sylvan Learning Centers Franchise Cost in 2020?

Cash Required:$75,000
Net Worth Required:$150,000
Total Investment:$70,980 - $159,885
Franchise Fee:$24,000 Initial Fee
Royalty Type:16% of monthly gross revenue, $32,000 min

Sylvan Learning Centers Details

Subsector:Education - General
Total Units:750+
Year Founded:1979
Franchising Since:1980

We believe that teachers matter, technology is a tremendous tool and learning should be personal. At Sylvan we believe in the power of education to transform children’s lives. That is why our personal attention to each child has given families nearly 40 years of solid results.

Extensive Support System • $100+ Billion Industry* • Scalable Growth • Innovative Technology

*Global Industry Analysts, Inc. (GIA) released a study stating that the global private tutoring market is projected to surpass $102.8 billion by 2018, Forbes article 2012.

Sylvan Learning is the most recognized brand in supplemental and enrichment education, and the nation's largest provider of STEM education. With more than 750 locations and over 39 years of stellar results from our students and our franchisees, our franchise system has emerged as a leader in the industry. With a proven track record of success and the right tools in place, Sylvan is a strong and long-term opportunity in a booming segment.

At Sylvan, We Believe...

  • Education Is Everything: A child’s future depends on a solid education and a love of learning. We teach our students how to learn, so they build confidence and develop the skills needed to achieve success in school and beyond.
  • Learning Should Be Personal: No two students are exactly alike. They learn in different ways and at different paces. That’s why we develop personal learning plans that are unique to each student.
  • Great Teachers Inspire: Our teachers don’t just teach. They help turn frustration into confidence, B’s into A’s, and strugglers into achievers. They inspire one student at a time.
  • Technology Accelerates Learning: Technology doesn’t teach students, teachers do. We blend great teaching with great technology to get the best out of every student.
  • Results Matter: We’re committed to inspiring every Sylvan student to advance in our programs and are the only education franchise confident enough in its results to launch an improvement guarantee. Thirty-nine years of great results, millions of successful students and counting.

Why is Now the Right Time to Invest?

Sylvan's approach to education offers programs for students of all ages and levels. With school budget cuts, lower test scores, and increased competition to get into a great college, many students and their parents are looking for ways to gain an edge and improve their performance. Alternatively, students that want to accelerate their education are able to take courses in engineering, coding, robotics, and more.

Sylvan Learning gives them that edge. Our students typically see two to three times more growth in their math and reading scores. A Sylvan Learning franchise allows you to take advantage of this ever-growing industry with a system that has consistently produced results for 39+ years.

Proven Business Model

It’s no accident Sylvan has been an education industry leader for over 39 years. We have a retail formula that works, with innovative technology, a proven approach to personal learning, high-demand programs, and a franchise community that’s passionate about changing lives!

Sylvan is providing the most advanced and innovative approach to education in the industry. By expanding to enrichment courses through our STEM based product line, and assisting students from ages 4.5 up through college, we've been leading the way in personalized instruction for almost four decades.

Our sizable program mix and modular curriculum allow franchisees to deliver services through parent pay and institutional contract opportunities, while also providing them with the option for multi-revenue streams providing higher revenue potential.

Ideal Candidate

You don't have to have a background in education to be a successful Sylvan Learning franchisee. We are looking for candidates with an entrepreneurial drive and experience in sales, marketing, management, or technology. We want you to combine that experience and drive with a passion to make a difference in the lives of students and at your franchise.


I have worked in other industries where the opportunity to make significant income and grow your career is available. However, if that is the sole motive in your work, income alone can become an empty fulfillment. What I have found in Sylvan is the ability to maintain both of those opportunities, while offering a service that leaves lifelong influence and has ability to change a child or adolescent’s life. The income is rewarding, but the vehicle with which we do it through is even more so. It makes it easy to get up and come to work each day when that is the case. -Matthew Sullivan, Sylvan Franchisee

I love being a business owner in my community. And Sylvan’s modular STEM programs and cutting edge technology create opportunities to work with both schools and families, allowing for multiple revenue streams. Being a multi-unit franchisee creates an economy of scale which lets me market more effectively. I know we’re making a difference in the lives of our students and that’s what we work for every day. -Rand Bleimeister, Sylvan Franchisee

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Please Note:

Sylvan Learning Centers is currently accepting inquiries from the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Interested parties should have at least $80,000 in liquid capital to invest.

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