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Skidmore College
Skidmore Jazz Institute

Mackrel Combo
Dennis Mackrel Combo Rehearsal

Tuition, Fees, Scholarships and College Credit

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

Tuition for the 2023 two-week program is $2,140.

Room and Board 2023 Rate: $929.60. Students from the local area are welcome to commute.



The Jazz Institute offers partial scholarships—available in the form of tuition remission—to promising students who might not otherwise be able to attend. To apply for a partial scholarship, please upload the following materials at the time you submit your application.

A letter requesting scholarship assistance. Please include:

  • Your annual income (or parent's income)
  • Whether or not you are a current student
  • Details about your financial situation; please note any unusual family circumstance or other facts you want us to consider
  • Tell us the specific amount of money you are requesting for this program

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 National Endowment for the Arts and members of the Skidmore College and surrounding communities for their generous support of the Institute's Scholarship Fund.

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.

Refund Policy

Because faculty and staff salary commitments must be made in advance and the costs of 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 program fees will be refunded.

  • Application fees will not be refunded.
  • Tuition payments (less non-refundable $500 deposit) will be refunded if requested, in writing, two weeks before the program begins.
  • Room: 100% of the room fee will be refunded if the student notifies the Program Director in writing thirty (30) days prior to the program start date. Fifty (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.