Jul 24, 2024  
2020-2021 Scripps Catalog 


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.

Comprehensive Fees

The annual comprehensive fee for resident students for the 2020–2021 academic year is $75,474. This fee covers tuition, room, board, and student body fee for the year, as well as the use of the swimming pool, libraries, and attendance at certain lectures and concerts provided by the College. It does not include dues and assessments for student organizations, the diploma fee, transcript fees, educational and miscellaneous supplies, fieldtrips, and/or other items listed under Miscellaneous Expenses and Fees.

The annual comprehensive fee is composed of the following charges:
Tuition $56,970
Room $9,958
Board $8,328 
16 meals/week, $160 Board plus dollars)
Student Body Fee $218
Total fees for resident students: $75,474 (annual) $37,737 (semester)
Total fees for non-resident students: $57,188 (annual) $28,594 (semester)

One alternative meal plan is available. Selection of this plan will reduce the comprehensive fee accordingly. The alternative meal plan is:

Board $7,728 (12 meals/week, $120 Board plus dollars)

Non-resident status applies only when permission has been granted for off-campus living. Permission is not normally granted to new students unless they are married.

For the 2021-2022 academic year, it is projected that overall expenses will increase. The College reserves the right to change these, or any of its fees, any time it deems such action is necessary.

Miscellaneous Expenses and Fees


The incidental expenses involved in a college education vary with the individual. They generally range from $1,800 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 higher.
  2. Incidental personal expenses for laundry, cleaning, recreation, and minor clothing replacements, approximately $500 per semester.
  3. Student health insurance. All continuing students or newly matriculated students are required to have health insurance coverage. Students are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan unless proof of comparable coverage is provided and a waiver is submitted by the deadline date. Contact the Dean of Students Office for instructions on waiving out.
  4. Scripps College does not separate 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: $7,121 per course for students carrying fewer than three courses in a semester. Fee per half course: $3,561.
  2. Individual or group instruction in piano, voice, or harpsichord: $75 per semester. The fee is not refundable after first 10 days of the semester.
  3. Class fees such as laboratory fees, studio fees, PE fees, etc. Class fees are not refundable after the first 10 days of classes.
  4. Student accounts that are not paid on or before the due date will be charged a late fee of 1% of the past due amount per month.
  5. Fee for registration of an automobile (per semester): $50.
  6. A $70 fee is charged to all degree applicants. The fee is non-refundable. This fee covers the cost of degree audits and evaluations; the diploma, diploma cover, and shipping supplies and expenses and the commencement ceremony. 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.
  7. Students are encouraged to pay charges from Student Health Service Center and Honnold Library directly. In the event that these charges are not paid in a timely manner, they will be added to the student’s bill.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. A fee of $30 will be charged for each non-sufficient fund (NSF) check.
  11. Fee for auditing a course: regularly enrolled student, no charge; all others, $100.
  12. Fee for high school students, for non-college credit, per course: $100.
  13. 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.

Payment Schedules and Statements

Scripps College student bills are payable in advance and are due according to the schedules that follows. Bills are generated the 11th of every month. The first bill will be generated July 11 for the fall semester, and December 11 for the spring semester. Student billing statements are accessed online through the CASHNet website via the Scripps portal. Since the portal is the student’s domain, the student is responsible for linking their parent or parents email addresses in the CASHNet system. Once the bills are generated, the College sends an email message to all parties notifying them that the bill is ready to be viewed. Payments can be made electronically (ACH) through the CASHNet system (please follow the instructions on the website), or by check mailed to the address shown at the top of the billing statement. As in the past, Scripps does not accept credit card or debit payments. 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.

Payment Plans

Scripps offers two payment options: Full Payment Plan and Monthly Payment Plan. A Tuition Payment Agreement (PDF) form is required, as it designates which payment method the student wishes to select. Please choose the plan you prefer, sign and return the form by email to egutierr@scrippscollege.edu by June 30th for Fall term and November 30th for Spring term. If the College does not receive the signed Tuition Payment Agreement form by the due date, the student will be placed on the full payment plan.

Full Payment Plan

Student billing payments are due prior to the beginning of each semester. The due date is August 1 for the fall semester and January 1 for the spring semester. Miscellaneous charges such as parking fees and health services charges are due and payable in the month billed.

Monthly Payment Plan

Annual charges may be paid in eight monthly installments. 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 tuition 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 Student Accounts Manager at 909-621-8259.

Refund Policy

The refund schedule is as follows for students who take a leave of absence or withdraw from all your classes:

  • Tuition - 100% - refunded, except for $500, up until the first 10 days of the semester.*
  • Tuition - 50% - refunded from the 11th day of cthe semester until the 30th day of the semester (check the billing calendar for that date).
  • Tuition - 0% - refunded after the 30th day of the semester (check the billing calendar for that date).

*Effective October 2020 Refund Policy updated: Tuition - 100% refunded up until the first 10 days of the semester.

Room: There is no refund for the room.

Board: Meal plans will be prorated, and a refund will be given for the number of days remaining in the semester.

Class Fees: Class fees are not refundable after the first 10 days of the semester.

Student Body Fee: 100% refunded up until the first 10 days of the semester.

Enrollment Status Change

Students whose status changes from full-time (three or more course credits) to part-time (fewer than three course credits) enrollment status, during the first ten class days of the semester, will be refunded the full difference between the two costs. No adjustments will be made after the 10th day of the semester.

Credit balance refunds are made upon request.

Financial Aid recipients please see the Financial Aid  section for their refunding policy.

Tuition Refund Insurance

GradGuard Tuition Refund Insurance can help refund your tuition, fees, and room/board charges, up to the policy limits, if you are unable to complete the semester due to a covered medical reason such as an illness, accident, or mental health issue*. This insurance program complements and enhances our school’s published refund policy and we believe families will benefit from this added protection.

Visit GradGuard for additional information at this link.

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 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 diploma will be released.

Graduating seniors must settle all financial obligations by April 1.

Students expecting Veterans Administration Benefits: Students who have provided Scripps College with a certification of eligibility (“CoE”) for Veterans Administration benefits under Chapter 31 or 33, and who are certified to VA as enrolled at the College by the School Certifying Official, shall not be penalized for the failure of VA to pay the amount owed to the College by the institutionally-defined payment deadline. 

As such, students shall not be charged late fees on the amount owed by VA to the College in the 90-day period after certification; late fees may still be assessed on any amount owed to the College for which there is no expectation that the VA will pay, such as room and board, tuition or fees over and above the amount covered by VA benefits. Late fees are also applicable to the amount not received from the VA after the 90-day period.

Additionally, students who submit a CoE after the assessment of late fees or other penalties shall remain responsible for any penalties assessed prior to the submission of the CoE.

Study Abroad and Global Education

For information on fees for Study Abroad and Global Education (SAGE) programs, please refer to the Study Abroad and Global Education  section of this catalog.

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.

  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 first-years, and by June 15 for transferring students. Should the new student withdraw before first registration, the commitment fee is nonrefundable. For the continuing student, the commitment fee reserves a place at the College each semester.

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 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.