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Skidmore College
Summer Writers Institute

Tuition, Fees, and Merit Scholarships

2018 Program Costs

Four Weeks (Credit & Non-Credit Options)

  • $60 nonrefundable application fee (non-scholarship applicants)
  • $40 nonrefundable application fee (scholarship applicants)
  • $3,260 tuition
  • $1,792 room and board
  • $500 tutorial (optional)
  • $800 deposit (nonrefundable)

Two Weeks (Non-Credit)

  • $60 nonrefundable application fee (non-scholarship applicants)
  • $40 nonrefundable application fee (scholarship applicants)
  • $1,630 tuition
  • $896 room and board
  • $500 tutorial (optional)
  • $400 deposit (nonrefundable) 

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.

  • Applicants:
    If you are interested in being considered for this competition, instructions and applications are available at this link: 2018 Scholarship Application Information. Again, you must be nominated by your creative writing instructor to be eligible. Applications from students must be received by MARCH 10th.
  • Instructors:
    To nominate students, send an email to writerscholarship@skidmore.edu indicating the names and email addresses of those you recommend to us. Up to six nominated students from each writing instructor are welcome. We are of course looking for particularly strong writers, and hope also to increase the diversity of our student body. All faculty nominations are required by FEBRUARY 25th. Applications from students must be received by MARCH 10th. The names of scholarship award winners, along with their schools, will be announced to all applicants on or around MARCH 20th.

Scholarship Competition Deadlines

  • February 25 - Faculty nominations must be received
  • March 10 - Last date to submit Scholarship applications.
  • On or around March 20 - The names of scholarship award winners, along with their schools, will be announced to all applicants.

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.

TUITION

  • Tuition payments (less 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

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