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2022 Online Program Costs

Total online program cost is dependent on course enrollment. Please refer to the course descriptions for number of course credits. Please note: Some courses may have additional lab or material fees, which are listed at the top of the course descriptions. These fees are in addition to the costs below and are not waived for employee dependents.



Early Bird Cost


(For applications that are submitted by April 1)
*scholarship applicants not eligible

  One 3-credit Course   $2,805   $2,055
   One 4-credit Course    $3,740   $2,990

The Pre-College Early Bird Discount is reserved for participants who submit applications by April 1. Pre-College Scholarship applicants are not eligible for the Early Bird Discount. The program and discount are on a first come, first served basis, so we recommend all participants submit applications well in advance of the April 1 deadline.

*Only one discount applies per registration; program scholarships, grants, and discounts cannot be combined. 


Scholarship  Opportunity

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available for students who demonstrate academic excellence. Scholarships are available to United States citizens and permanent residents only, and full funding is not offered. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and awards are applied toward the Pre-College Program fee. Funds are limited, and do not cover the costs of textbooks or supplies.

The Scholarship Application is waived for applicants from our formal partner organizations/schools (our school/partner organizations are listed here). All others must submit the Scholarship application as an attachment to the online Pre-College Program application to e considered for scoalrship funding. In order to be considered for scholarship funding students must submit the Scholarship Application (Word doc or PDF) as an attachment to the online Pre-College Program application. All application materials, including the high school transcript, current grade report, and two letters of recommendation must be received with the program and scholarship applications by the April 1, 2022 deadline

Please note: The scholarship application requires completion by the student's parent(s) or guardian(s)

Creative Funding Opportunities

Our program provides financial aid to as many qualified students as possible. Whether or not you are awarded financial aid, you will need to contribute additional funds toward your program. Each year, admitted students often work with their extended families, friends, neighbors, schools, and community organizations to fund program fees and transportation. Below is a list of possible funding sources to get you started.


  • Family members
  • Former employers, current employers, teachers, coaches, scout masters, clergy members
  • People you have babysat for, medical professionals, engineering groups, environmental groups, health organizations


  • Teachers (you may wish to ask a supportive teacher about the protocols of raising money in your school; you do not want to break any rules or upset anyone by doing something that is not allowed)
  • Guidance counselor
  • Principal
  • School clubs related to the topic that you will study


  • Civic groups such as Rotary, Lions Club, and Kiwanis (these organizations will include many business people from your community)
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Community Foundations
  • Corporations (ex. Home Depot, Lowes, Wal-Mart, etc.)
  • Professional organizations related to the topic/subject you are going to study (ex. medical professionals, engineering groups, environmental groups, health organizations, theatre groups, etc.)
  • Banks
  • Board of Education
  • Women’s clubs
  • Local businesses in your community


Students have also shared with us many ideas they've used for grassroots fundraising campaigns of their own. Here are some suggestions:

  • Conduct letter writing drives to friends, family, employers, local businesses and churches.
  • Use social media to spread the word.
  • Check with your school's student clubs and consider modeling activities they use to raise money.


Students have raised monetary contributions through websites designed to help obtain funds actively online with great success.  Sharing your story and why the program is important to you can encourage others, including those you don’t know, to support your mission.  It is highly recommended that you start early and share your fundraising efforts with your friends and family consistently. (Specifically for students with fundraising missions)


In any of these efforts...

  • State your purpose to make it clear to others;
  • Draft a statement explaining your long-term academic/career goals and why you believe Skidmore's Pre-College Program will help you achieve them;
  • Describe the Pre-College courses you hope to take, along with sharing our website address and program information;
  • State the amount you wish to raise and the progress you've made in your campaign;
  • Always remember to write a thank-you note when you receive a donation.

We hope these are some helpful suggestions; each student approaches their pre-college fundraising individually with their family’s support and guidance. The central motivating idea that we hear repeatedly from students and their families is that there is no one magic formula. A combination of creativity and effort can often yield positive results. Students report that once they have moved past their initial hesitation to ask, they find that people, organizations and communities are remarkably willing to join them in their mission to make Pre-College happen.

Employee Dependent Tuition Waivers

Any dependent of a Skidmore faculty or staff member may submit the Internal Tuition Grant Application directly to the Human Resources office. Once approved you will receive an emailed confirmation. Please note: Some courses may have additional lab or materials fees, which are listed at the top of the course descriptions. These fees are in addition to the costs outlined above and are not waived for employee dependents.

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 and program fees follow. Appeals for refunds due to extenuating circumstances may be made in writing to the Program Director.

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


  • Refund requests for tuition and program fee payments, less the program's non-refundable deposit, must be submitted to the Program Director, in writing, by Monday, June 20, 2022.

Support the Summer Pre-College Program

You can make a difference in a student's life. The Skidmore Pre-College Scholars Fund provides scholarships for talented high school students to attend our Pre-College Program, designed to prepare students for college success. Each summer, scholarships are awarded to select students who demonstrate financial need and academic merit, who might not otherwise have such an opportunity. Your generous gift will go directly toward a scholarship for a high-achieving, economically disadvantaged high school student to experience the benefits of a college preparatory program, including getting a head start on college while earning credits and experiencing campus life. For more information, contact Michelle Paquette-Deuel at


"Thank you for this opportunity to be a pre-college student,
this was one of the best summers of my life.
Since I got back home, when my friends ask me about my summer,
I can tell that some of them get jealous that they didn't have the opportunity
to experience college life. Coming back home, everything seems
different now. I feel like Skidmore was an exciting dream
that I woke up from and that I will never forget.
Skidmore opened my eyes to bigger and better things.
Now, instead of being scared for college, I am excited!"
—Pre-College scholarship recipient