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Summer Writers Institute 

Lopate's students at a reading Students at reading – photo by Deb Amico

Tuition, Fees, and Merit Scholarships

2018 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 2018 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.

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. Scholarships cover TUITION ONLYRoom and board expenses are the responsibility of the student. 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.

Scholarship Competition Deadlines

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.