Fees and Expenses

Fees for the academic year 2023-2024 are stated below. Checks for fees should be made payable to Skidmore College.

Note: Fees are subject to final approval by the board of trustees.

Annual fees are as follows:

Fee/Expense Cost
Tuition and Required Fees $64,880
Traditional Residence Hall1 $10,252
Residence Hall, single-occupancy1 $10,852
Apartments $13,178
Board (Unlimited Plan) $7,088

Students residing in a residence hall are required to have an unlimited meal plan.

Schedule of Payments

Balance of Payments

Payments are due on August 15 for the fall semester and December 15 for the spring semester.

Based on the above, per-semester charges for tuition and required fees, room and board are as follows:

Payment Cost
Traditional Residence Hall $41,110
Residence Hall, single-occupancy $41,410
Apartments (board not included) $39,029
Off-campus (room and board not included) $32,440
Entering students will be assessed a one-time records fee in their first semester $150

Students residing in on-campus apartments or off campus may purchase a board plan or they may pay for meals individually. For more information regarding the meal plans offered, visit the Dining Services website.

Billing/Late Payments

In addition to the charges referenced above, incidental charges, extra course fees, lab fees, and other miscellaneous charges will be billed monthly and are generally due 30 days from the date of the bill. The due date will be indicated on the bill. Students must pay bills on schedule or make definite arrangements with the Bursar’s Office for late payment before being permitted to attend class or occupy a room in a subsequent term. Any payment arrangement other than payment in full must be agreed upon in writing between the Bursar’s Office and the student at least one week prior to the due date.

Bills are the responsibility of the student. When an account is in arrears, registration for classes and participation in housing selection for subsequent semesters will be denied. Delinquent accounts will be assessed a monthly late fee equal to 1.5% of the outstanding past-due balance. Delinquent accounts can also be placed with an outside agency for collection as the College deems necessary.

VA Pending Payment Compliance Statement

In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679 subsection (e), Skidmore College adopts the following additional provisions for any students using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from the VA.  Skidmore College will not:

  • Prevent nor delay the student’s enrollment;

  • Assess a late penalty fee to the student;

  • Require the student to secure alternative or additional funding;

  • Deny the student access to any resources available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution, including but not limited to access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities.

However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to produce the Certificate of Eligibility by the first day of class.

Monthly Payment Plan (SCIP)

The College offers a monthly payment plan, whereby students may pay all or part of their anticipated 2023-2024 annual charges (tuition, room, board, and fees less financial aid and deposits) in up to eight equal monthly installments. Payments are due the 15th of each month, with final payment due March 15, 2024. There are no income requirements or credit qualifications to participate, and there are no finance charges. The only cost of participation is a nonrefundable application fee of $40 per semester. Detailed information on the Skidmore College Installment Plan (SCIP) is sent to all students in April and can be found on the Bursar’s page of the Skidmore College website.

Tuition Prepayment (Tuition Stabilization Plan)

A student may prepay tuition charges, thus guaranteeing against future increases for two, three, or four years of full-time academic study. The amount will be at the prevailing tuition charge for the following semester, times the number of semesters being prepaid. Details of this plan can be found on the Bursar’s page of the Skidmore College website.



The standard course load for a full-time student is 15 credit hours each semester. An overload is defined as any program registration over 18 credit hours. The Committee on Academic Standing will not consider an overload application for more than 20 credits.

Full-time students must be enrolled in programs with a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester. There is no refund for those students who are carrying at least 12 but less than the standard load of 15 credit hours.

Matriculated students who wish to take fewer than 12 credit hours (an underload) must request part-time status. Part-time students pay for each credit hour and an application fee.

Fee Cost
Credit-Hour Fee $2,199

Required Fees

Fee Cost
Application for Admission $65
Payable by entering students at the time of application, nonrefundable.
Required Fees $1,150
Required fees include the Student Activity Fee and the General Fee. The Student Activity Fee is used to cover the costs for student publications, speakers, organizations, and related activities. The General Fee partially finances the operation of Scribner Library, Williamson Sports Center, Burgess Café, the Spa, athletics, and other programs.

Off-Campus Study Fee

Students accepted to participate in an approved off-campus study program for any semester of study will be charged tuition and fees at a rate equivalent to that of the regular Skidmore tuition and fees, the apartment room rate, and full board rate, if applicable. For additional details, please contact the Skidmore College Office of Off-Campus Study & Exchanges.

Special Fees

Fee Cost
Special Art, Music and Physical Activity Fees Listed under respective departments
Summer Sessions and Summer Special Programs Fees available from the Office of Special Programs
Records Fee $150
Official transcripts of a student’s entire academic record at Skidmore College are issued by the Office of the Registrar at the student’s request. Students will be charged a one-time fee at the point of matriculation that will cover the cost of transcript requests for the life of the student.
Automobile Parking Registration Fee $55 per semester
An annual rate of $110 will be charged to students who register vehicles in the fall. A semester rate of $55 will be charged to students who register vehicles for spring only. This fee is designed to help defray the cost of traffic enforcement and parking lot and roadway maintenance.

Non-Matriculated Students

Non-matriculated students at Skidmore may take a partial or full load of courses each semester, up to a maximum of 10 courses while holding non-matriculated student status. Non-matriculated students pay an application fee and a fee for each semester hour of credit. Non-matriculated students may not register for any physical activity (PA) course.

Fee Cost
Application Fee $25
Payable once every academic term by nonmatriculated or part-time matriculated students at the time of initial registration for one or more courses taken for credit or audit.
Credit-Hour Fee $2,124
Payable at the time of course registration.
1Audit Fee
One course $250
One course in studio art, dance, or theater $500
Payable at the time of course registration for courses for which no credit will be received.
1Senior Citizen Audit Fee
One course lecture/discussion $25
One course in studio art, dance, or theater $400
Athletics Facilities Access Fee
Per semester $200

Summer sessions audit fees differ and can be found at www.skidmore.edu/summersession

Non-matriculated students may audit a maximum of two 3- or 4-credit-hour courses per term, for a maximum of 8 credits; the student may request permission to audit more than two courses if the individual courses are less than 3 credits each and the audited credit-hour total is 6 credits or less.

Required Fees

Non-matriculated students must pay the required fees when registering for 12 or more credits in a semester.

Fee Cost
Per semester $575

Other Expenses

Tuition Insurance

(optional coverage; enrollment or waiver required)

Fee/Expense Cost
Estimate $612

A tuition insurance refund plan is offered by the college through A.W.G. Dewar Inc. This plan insures up to 75 percent of a semester’s tuition, room and required board fees, which would be returned to a family if a student has to withdraw from school for a medical reason. Although plan participation is optional, please note that students will be automatically enrolled in coverage. Students may opt out of the plan by completing a brief online waiver form. Details of the plan are sent to all students in late June and can be found on the Bursar’s page of the Skidmore College website.

Health Insurance

Fee/Expense Cost
Estimate $2,788

The College requires all students to be covered by medical insurance. An online waiver/enrollment form must be completed by all students each year prior to August 1. The waiver/enrollment form requires students to enroll in the plan or provide proof of alternate coverage. Details of this plan will be sent to all students in June, and can be found on the Bursar’s website.

Books and Supplies

Fee/Expense Cost
Estimate $600 to $1,000/year


All residence hall rooms carry the same charge, except when students reside in single accommodations or an on-campus apartment. Each student is provided with a bed, desk, chair, and chest of drawers. Bed linens, blankets, and towels must be supplied by the individual. Students are responsible for the care and cleaning of their rooms.

The student rooms in the Hillside, Northwoods, and Sussman Village apartments are similarly furnished. Students have responsibility for the care and cleaning of their rooms and the commonly shared areas of their apartments.

Skidmore requires that students accept responsibility for damage done to College property, whether caused by individuals or by groups. Information on financial responsibility for damages may be found in the “Student Life” section of the Student Handbook.

The College does not carry fire, theft, or other insurances to cover personal possessions. Such coverage may be included in policies carried by parents.

Room assignments for returning students are processed during the spring semester. Room assignments for entering students are based upon the date the enrollment deposit is received. Final confirmation of one’s housing preference will be made after receipt of the first-semester charges. Entering students are notified of specific assignments in August. Room-change requests, for which there is a $15 service fee, are honored by the Office of Residential Life when possible.

Summer housing is coordinated through the Office of Special Programs.


Students living in the residence halls are required to have an unlimited board plan. Students living in Hillside Apartments are required to have the Thoroughbred Gold board plan. Students residing in Northwoods Apartments, Sussman Village apartments, or off campus may purchase a board plan, or they may pay for meals individually. For more information regarding meal plans offered, visit the Dining Services website.


Since faculty and staff salary commitments must be made in advance and the costs of plant operation are fixed, the College must follow a very limited refund policy. Refunds for a student enrolled and attending classes will be issued only after the Registrar has received written notice of withdrawal from the student. In extraordinary circumstances, notice may be accepted from a parent or guardian. The withdrawal date is determined by the Registrar and/or the Office of Academic Advising.

The Bursar’s Office will determine the billed charges for the period of attendance, while the Financial Aid Office will determine the refund and/or repayments to the federal, state, and Skidmore aid programs when the student is receiving financial aid. The order of refunding federal aid is:

  • Federal Direct Student Loan
  • Federal PLUS Loan
  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal SEOG

For information concerning housing, academic requirements, and financial responsibilities, please refer to the Leaves of Absence section.

Withdrawal from Skidmore shall entitle any student to a refund of tuition, room and/or board, and the student activity fee according to the following schedule:

Refund Percentage
Prior to the second day of classes 100% refund
Within second day of classes to 10% of enrollment period 90% refund
Within 10% and 20% of enrollment period 75% refund
Within 20% and 30% of enrollment period 50% refund
Within 30% and 50% of enrollment period 25% refund
Over 50% of enrollment period No refund

Enrollment period is defined as the first day of classes to the last day of final exams within a semester.

Any student who receives Title IV (federal student) aid and withdraws from the college before the 10th week of classes will have his or her Title IV award funding prorated according to federal regulation.

Students who receive state financial aid and withdraw will have funding reviewed based on their state award requirements.

Skidmore grant/scholarship recipients who withdraw mid-semester will have funds revised based on reduced costs, prorated family contribution, and resulting financial need.

Personal Leaves of Absence

A student granted a personal leave of absence will be given a refund for prepaid tuition, room, and board charges in accordance with the College refund policy for the semester or semesters the student will not be in attendance at Skidmore.

Medical Leave of Absence

Students granted a medical leave of absence will be given a refund in accordance with the College refund policy. A tuition insurance plan is offered by Skidmore to insure that up to 75% of a semester’s tuition and room fees are returned to a student when the student has to withdraw from school due to a medical reason. Please refer to the Other Expenses section for additional information on this plan.


If a student completes the online returning student survey indicating that he or she will return for the fall semester, and then subsequently withdraws from the College, that student will be assessed a withdrawal fee. The fee will be $250 if the withdrawal is completed on or before June 15, and $500 if the withdrawal is completed after June 15.

Off-Campus Programs

Students who wish to withdraw from a program must notify Off-Campus Studies & Exchanges in writing. If the student has made application to the provider, then he or she must also follow the withdrawal procedures outlined by the provider. Students who officially withdraw or are dismissed from program participation will incur a withdrawal fee of minimally $500. If the program has commenced, the student will be responsible for fees and charges according to the Skidmore College refund (semester charges liability) policy as outlined in the Skidmore College Catalog. However, the liability will be based on the provider program dates, not Skidmore’s enrollment period.


Appeals for exceptions to the financial policies of the College, because of unusual circumstances, may be made in writing to the director of financial services.

Student Deposit

A deposit of $500 is required from entering students upon acceptance. If the student decides not to attend Skidmore, the deposit is forfeited. For students who do attend Skidmore, the funds will remain as a deposit until the student separates from the College, at which point it will be applied to any outstanding charges and any balance will be refunded.