Expenses at Scripps College include all student comprehensive charges, as well as miscellaneous charges and fees for additional services. A student’s account must be current and up-to-date at all times. Payments are due the first of each month. A student may become ineligible to continue studies or have access to residence and dining halls should her student account become delinquent.

Comprehensive Fees

Tuition and fees information is maintained by the Student Accounts Office.

Miscellaneous Expenses and Fees


The incidental expenses involved in a college education vary with the individual. They generally range from $1,700 to $2,000 for the year and cover the following items:

  1. Books and supplies, approximately $400 a semester. In the case of students who are taking courses in applied art, this figure may be somewhat higher.
  2. Incidental personal expenses for laundry, cleaning, recreation, and minor clothing replacements, approximately $500 per semester.
  3. Forms to sign-up for accident and health insurance plans are available at the Student Health Service Center or the Dean of Students’ Office.
  4. Scripps College does not separately fund course costs, such as materials or travel costs, associated with courses at other Claremont Colleges.


On certain occasions and for certain services, there are special fees. These include:

  1. Fee for part-time study: $6,117 per course for students carrying fewer than three courses in a semester. Fee per half course: $3,059.
  2. Part-time fee of $6,117 per course will apply for study in absentia for which the student has been granted permission, up to two courses. The charge for more than half the program in absentia will be full tuition. This fee also applies to non-matriculating students earning college credit.
  3. Individual or group instruction in piano, voice, or harpsichord: $75 per semester. The fee is not refundable after first 10 days of class.
  4. Course fees such as laboratory fees, studio fees, PE fees, etc. Course fees are not refundable after the first 10 days of class.
  5. Fee for auditing a course: regularly enrolled student, no charge; all others, $100.
  6. Fee for high school students, for non-college credit, per course: $100.
  7. Fee for registration of an automobile (per semester): $50.
  8. Fee for graduating seniors: $70. Diplomas will not be released to graduates who have a delinquent student account or other outstanding financial obligation to the College and its offices. Fee for duplicate alumna diploma is $75.
  9. Administrative fee of $100 for all off-campus programs through Scripps. In cases where the total costs paid by Scripps, including the College’s own direct expenses, exceed the comprehensive fee, the student will be asked to pay the difference. In addition, students are responsible for paying any application fees or refundable housing or damage deposits directly to the program.
  10. Students are encouraged to pay charges from Student Health Service Center and Honnold Library directly. In the event that these charges are added to the student’s bill, there will be a processing charge of 10% of the amount of the transaction, or no less than one dollar per transaction.
  11. Students will be fined $100 for each library book not returned. The student will receive a credit of $90 if the book is later returned.
  12. Should your student account become delinquent and it is necessary for the College to assign it to a collection agency, the responsible party agrees to pay all collection fees, court costs, and attorney fees incurred by the College.
  13. Student accounts that are not paid on or before the due date will be charged a late charge of 1% of the past due amount per month.
  14. A fee of $30 will be charged for each non-sufficient fund (NSF) check.

Scripps College has authorized Parchment to provide transcript ordering and fulfillment via the web. Scripps does not accept faxed, email, or telephone transcript requests. Federal law requires students and alumnae to make a written request to release their transcripts to third parties. Transcripts may be requested 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a valid credit or debit card. Transcripts will not be released for any student or alumna with an outstanding financial obligation to the College. There is a $5 fee per copy requested. The charge is pre-authorized when ordered, but the card is not charged until the transcript is sent. If the transcript order includes a request that a transcript be held for grades or held for degree, the card will be charged at the time of the request for the entire order. Expedited shipping is available via FedEx for an additional fee.

Payment Schedules

Scripps College student bills are payable in advance and are due according to the schedules that follow. All checks should be made payable to Scripps College.

Satisfactory arrangements for all financial obligations to the College and its offices must be made with the Treasurer’s Office before a student or alumna transcript or diploma will be released. Graduating seniors must settle all financial obligations by April 1.

Fees for the Entering Student

All new students are subject to an application fee and a commitment fee. Entering students should send checks for these fees to the Office of Admission, 1030 Columbia Avenue, Scripps College, Claremont, California 91711-3905.

  1. Application fee. An application fee of $60 should accompany the application form sent to the Office of Admission. This fee is nonrefundable and does not apply to any other items of expense.
  2. Commitment fee. A commitment fee of $500 reserves a place for the new enrolling student and should be sent to the Office of Admission by May 1 for freshmen, and by June 15 for transferring students. Should the new student withdraw before her first registration, the commitment fee is nonrefundable. For the continuing student, the commitment fee reserves a place at the College each semester.
  3. Refund of commitment fee. The Commitment fee is used to cover any charges or fees not paid at the time of graduation or withdrawal from the College. Any charges for damage to College property or unpaid student account balances will be withheld from the commitment fee.

If the student notifies the College of her intention to withdraw for the following fall semester by March 31 or by November 15 for the following spring semester, then the remaining commitment fee will be credited to the student’s account. If the student withdraws after these deadlines, the fee will be forfeited.

Student Billing Payment Schedule

All student billing payments are due in advance. The due date is August 1 for the fall semester and January 1 for the spring semester. Families and students may apply for a payment plan; please see Installment Payment Plan section. All payments made by check should be made payable to Scripps College and sent to Scripps College, Dept 8504, Los Angeles, CA 90084-8504.

Installment Payment Plan

Students wishing to pay their annual comprehensive fee on the Installment Payment Plan should submit the application for the payment plan to the Student Accounts Office, 1030 Columbia Avenue, PMB 2001, Scripps College, Claremont, California 91711-3948, by July 1. A service charge of $50.00 per semester is added to the comprehensive fee. Under this plan, the annual fees, minus financial aid, are paid in eight equal installments. Payments are due on the first day of each month. Fall semester payments are due August 1 through November 1 and spring semester payments are due January 1 through April 1. Miscellaneous charges such as parking fees and health services charges are due and payable in the month billed. Failure to make installment payments in a timely manner may result in the privilege being revoked.

Prepayment Plan

Students and families who wish to prepay the total four-year comprehensive fee for full-time study at the College may elect to enter into a Prepayment Plan Agreement. For additional information concerning the terms and conditions of the agreement, please contact the Assistant Treasurer at (909) 607-3251.


If a student withdraws or goes on leave during the first 10 class days of a semester, all but $300 of tuition and student association fees will be refunded.

If a student withdraws before mid-semester (the last day to drop classes), one half of her tuition will be refunded. If she withdraws after mid-semester, there will be no tuition refunded. A student who changes from full-time to part-time status during the first 10 class days of the semester will be refunded the full difference between the two costs. Students will be refunded one half the difference until halfway through the semester.

For any of the above-mentioned withdrawal situations, there will be no refund for room. Board will be prorated, and a refund will be given for the number of days remaining in the semester (after the withdrawal date).

Refunds to financial aid students will be prorated according to the type of financial aid received as stated in the Financial Aid Policy and Procedure Manual.

Delinquent Accounts

Students must pay in full the charges for the semester before they will be allowed to preregister or register for the subsequent semester or move into the residence hall for the subsequent semester. A student account not meeting this requirement is considered delinquent on the 1st day of the month and is subject to a late charge of 1% of the past due amount per month.

A student whose account is delinquent may be disenrolled from her courses if payment arrangements have not been made prior to the last day of classes, or if the agreed-upon payment schedule is not met and no special arrangements have been made.

All accounts must be current before a student or alumna transcript or diploma will be released. Graduating seniors must settle all financial obligations by April 1.

Off-Campus Study

For information on fees for Off-Campus Study, please refer to the Special Programs section of the Course Catalog.