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Skidmore College
Summer Writers Institute

Tuition, Fees, and Merit Scholarships

2019 Program Costs

Four Weeks (Credit & Non-Credit Options)

  • $60 nonrefundable application fee (non-scholarship applicants)
  • $40 nonrefundable application fee (scholarship applicants)
  • $3,380 tuition
  • $1,848 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)
  • $1,690 tuition
  • $924 room and board
  • $500 tutorial (optional)
  • $400 deposit (nonrefundable) 

One Week: Short Fiction Master Class (Non-Credit. Workshop for non-scholarship applicants only)

  • $60 nonrefundable application fee
  • $845 tuition
  • $462 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 non-refundable deposit of $400 to hold their places in the 2019 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 payment and its due date are noted in an invoice included 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: 2019 Scholarship Application Information. Again, you must be nominated by your creative writing instructor to be eligible. Applications from students must be received by MARCH 7th.
  • 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 6th. 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 7 - 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.

Please Note – If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be contacted by the Director, Robert Boyers, and required to pay either a $400 non-refundable deposit (for 2-week enrollment), or $800 non-refundable deposit (for 4-week enrollment) within approximately 48 hours to secure your place in the program.

Deposits will be applied toward the remaining balance of program fees owed, e.g. room and board fees.

 If you are awarded a FULL tuition scholarship, and you choose to live off campus, and you owe NO balance of fees, your deposit will be refunded but only AFTER you attend and complete the program.

 If you cancel your enrollment at any time, the deposit is non-refundable.

Undergraduate Credit

High-school graduates, matriculated college students, and adults may register for four semester hours of undergraduate credit from Skidmore College when they choose to enroll in the four-week workshops in Fiction, Non-Fiction and Poetry. The course designations are EN380 Fiction Workshop, EN378 Nonfiction Workshop and EN379 Poetry Workshop. Students will be expected to comply with Skidmore’s academic policies. For more information, please consult the Skidmore College Catalog.

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