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Tuition, Fees, College Credit and Scholarships

A non-refundable application fee of $60 is required to apply.

Tuition for the 2020 two-week program is $2,100 and room and board on campus an additional $882. Students from the local area are welcome to commute.

Scholarship Assistance - deadline for Applications MARCH 16, 2020

The Jazz Institute has a small number of partial scholarships—available in the form of tuition remission—for promising students who might not otherwise be able to attend. To apply for a partial scholarship, please fax (518-580-5548) or e-mail ( the following information:

PLEASE NOTE: This information MUST be submitted by the March 16th application deadline in order for your request to be considered. 

  • A letter requesting scholarship assistance. Please tell us how much financial aid you believe you need in order to participate in the program, and note any unusual family circumstance or other facts you want us to consider.
  • A copy of pages 1 and 2 of your (or your parents') most recent federal tax return. Please include any additional forms referenced on the return (ie. Schedule C). 
  • A list of additional income not shown on the tax return (ie. child support, alimony, social security).

All scholarship applications will be considered on an individual basis. Requests for financial aid will not affect admission decisions. For questions, please contact Maria McColl, Office of Special Programs, Skidmore College, at 518-580-5595 or

The Jazz Institute would like to thank the New York State Council on the Arts, the Howard Bayne Fund, the Arthur Zimtbaum Foundation and members of the Skidmore College and surrounding communities for their generous support of the Institute's Scholarship Fund.

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.

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

  • Tuition
    • Tuition payments (less $500 non-refundable deposit) will be refunded if requested, in writing, thirty (30) days prior to the program start date.
  • Room
    • 100% of the room fee will be refunded if the student decides not to attend Skidmore and so notifies the Program Director thirty (30) days prior to the program start date.
    • 50% of the room fee will be refunded if withdrawal from the program occurs after this time and before the program begins.
    • The room fee will not be refunded if the student withdraws on or after the first day of the program.
  • Board
    • 100% of the board fee will be refunded prior to the program start date.
    • Withdrawal from the College after the start of any program shall entitle the student to a pro-rated refund of the unused portion of the board fee from the date of withdrawal, on a weekly basis.  


College Credit

High-school graduates, matriculated college students, and adults can register for one semester hour of college credit through Skidmore at no extra charge. The course designation is MP198 (Class Study of Instrumental Performance). The program may be taken for a letter grade or pass/fail. Applicants who choose this option should register for the undergraduate credit option on the application. For more information, please consult the Skidmore College Catalog. Students will be expected to comply with the College’s academic and refund policies.