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Summer Writers Institute 

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Tuition, Fees, Merit Scholarships and Financial Aid

2015 Program Costs

Four Weeks (Credit & Non-Credit Options)

Two Weeks (Non-Credit)

NOTE: Students may choose to live on or off campus Students that live on campus are required to purchase a meal plan.

Deposits and payments

Accepted students enrolling in the Institute for two weeks are required to send a nonrefundable deposit of $400 to hold their places in the 2015 program. Students enrolling for four weeks are required to send a nonrefundable deposit of $800. The deposit is required upon acceptance into the program. The balance due date is noted in a list of fees sent with the acceptance packet.

Graduate Credit

To apply for graduate credit, you must select this option in the space provided on the application form. Only students accepted into four weeks of one discipline are eligible to receive graduate credit. There is an additional tuition charge of $350.

Merit Scholarships

The Institute's commitment to access and diversity enables us to launch a scholarship competition each year. The competition is open to students enrolled full-time in undergraduate or graduate programs who are nominated by their creative writing instructors. The Institute has awarded full tuition scholarships to students from, among other institutions, Temple University, Brown University, Stanford University, Cleveland State University, Connecticut College, University of Rochester, University of Michigan, Sarah Lawrence, Yale University, Wellesley College, Washington University, University of Miami, Bard, Princeton, Emerson, Mills, Notre Dame and Bennington College.

If you are interested in being considered for this competition, instructions and applications are available at this link: Scholarship Application Information. Again, you must be nominated by your creative writing instructor to be eligible.  Instructors may find directions on how to nominate students here.

Scholarship Competition Deadlines

Financial Aid

A very small number of partial-tuition, financial-aid awards are available mainly to four-week students. Typically these awards do not exceed $500 per session. If you are interested in being considered for financial aid, please note this in the brief letter that accompanies your application materials.

Refund Policy

Application fees will not be refunded.

Because faculty and staff salary commitments must be made in advance and the costs of plant operations are fixed, the College must follow a very limited refund policy. Details of this policy as it relates to tuition, room, and board follow.  Appeals for refunds due to extenuating circumstances may be made in writing to the Program Director or the Dean of Special Programs.

If Skidmore College cancels a program all fees will be refunded.

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