Student Information


Basic Annual Costs 2008-2009

All costs are subject to change without notice; these fees are payable in U.S. currency.

Tuition and fees






Health insurance




The above rate for room is based on double occupancy in one of the campus residence halls; rates vary with the type of facility. The College has limited single, suite, and apartment accommodations at higher rates. Triple occupancy rooms are also available at a lower rate.

Additional Costs

Additional costs are involved in the following areas:

School of Business

The School of Business does not require laboratory fees. However, all business students are required to purchase a laptop equipped with Microsoft Office. Owning their own laptop allows students to make the most of their educational experience, enabling them to develop proficiency in using the same type of technology most often employed in the business community. For more information about the School of Business laptop requirement see "Laptop Program" on the school's website.
Laptop Program

Roy H. Park School of Communications

The Park School does not require laboratory fees. However, the increasingly convergent nature of the communications discipline requires that all students have consistent access to a basic set of multimedia tools. All entering students are required to acquire a laptop computer for use in their classroom and production work. Specifications about the required make and model will be provided to students upon admission to the Park School. Students enrolled in certain courses may be required to supply their own equipment or materials, including computer data storage media. In cinema and photography, students are expected to furnish their own light meters and their own cameras for all still photography courses. In addition, students must purchase materials such as photographic film and paper, motion picture film, and mounting board. Because of the large number of production courses, film, photography, and visual arts B.F.A. majors will incur additional costs for materials.

School of Health Sciences and Human Performance

With the exception of two majors (exercise science and sport studies), the curriculum of each of the programs in the school requires between one and five field-based experiences. Any related field experience expenses (housing, transportation, uniforms, etc.) are borne by the students. Students work closely with the fieldwork coordinator within their department to identify and secure placement at a facility that aligns with the profession they plan to pursue. In some instances, students will be able to complete field experiences locally during the regular semester while taking classes. However, many students choose to complete their field experiences outside of the regular semester. Tuition costs for summer and winter intersession coursework are calculated based on the number of credits the student registers for and the prevailing summer session rate.

Students who are majoring in an allied health field are required to be covered by the Ithaca College professional liability insurance policy. Students will be billed by policy year (September 1 to August 30) for coverage under this policy during the semester(s) they are registered for any type of field experience (the fee is approximately $20). In addition, certain courses (as indicated in the course descriptions) may also require students to be covered under this policy. Further information regarding insurance coverage is located within the policies and procedures section for each department

Additional expenses may be required for the purchase of specialized equipment for specific courses in certain departments, as well as for courses offered through the physical activity, leisure, and safety (PALS) program. General information regarding these requirements is contained within the individual course description and is discussed by the instructor on the first day of class.

School of Music

Performance study fee:  All fees for private lessons are paid in addition to regular tuition.

Music majors and minors (undergraduate, full-time, and part-time): No fees are charged for required lessons that are part of the degree program. For lessons not part of the degree program, the fee is $580. Such lessons consist of one-half hour of contact time per week per semester.

Non-music majors (undergraduate, full-time, and part-time): A fee of $580 is charged for lessons, which consist of one-half hour of contact time per week per semester.

Explanation of Charges

Tuition for full-time students is based on a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 18 credits per semester. Students taking fewer than 12 credits will be charged $1019 per credit. Those who exceed 18 credits per semester will be charged $1019 for each additional credit.

Withdrawing from a course does not remove the responsibility for paying for that course if those credits caused the student to be billed for more than 18 credits. At the end of the add/drop period, students are liable for the credits for which they are enrolled at that time, regardless of a later withdrawal.

Full-time students who officially withdraw, take a leave of absence, or are dismissed from Ithaca College are charged a percentage of total tuition depending on the number of weeks attended. Weeks are counted from the first day of classes in each semester. No refunds are granted until the student completes the College's official withdrawal or leave of absence procedure. See below for the complete refund policy. Any federal aid recipient who takes a leave of absence or withdraws within the ninth week should be aware that a return of federal aid may be required even though full tuition, room, and board charges will be incurred.

Students who change from full-time to part-time status must do so by the end of the first week of classes in order to receive a refund. No refunds are made to part-time students after the end of the first week of classes. Application forms for part-time status are available from the registrar.

If a student is called to active military duty during a semester, the College will apply, in full, any tuition paid for that semester to any future semester in which he or she may return. Room and board refunds will be issued on a pro rata basis consistent with our current policy.

Based on a 15-week semester, the following refund percentages are applied to the appropriate charges:

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5th week


6th week


7th week


8th week


9th week


Students who withdraw from an affiliated study abroad program must be attentive to refund deadlines, both those of the affiliate and those of Ithaca College, as there may be serious financial implications involved in withdrawing from a program near or after the start date of that program.  Students are responsible for informing both the affiliate organization and the Office of International Programs should they withdraw from a planned study abroad program.

Students who attend programs recognized by the College as affiliated study abroad programs are subject to the following refund policy:

  • A student who withdraws from the program prior to the actual start date of the program will be refunded based upon the policies assessed by the affiliate organization. The student will responsible for paying any remaining fees, charges, or withdrawal penalties assessed by the affiliate organization.
  • A student who withdraws after the start of the program will be subject to the Ithaca College refund policies outlined above.

Any recipients of Title IV financial aid (i.e., federal aid through subsidized or unsubsidized Stafford loan; PLUS or Perkins loans; Pell or SEOG grants; or work-study) or institutional, state, or private grants/scholarships need to refer to the following section:
Title IV Refund Procedure


All students residing in College housing facilities, with the exception of those in apartments with cooking facilities, must participate in the College residential meal plan. Upon official withdrawal or dismissal, a refund is given on board charges in accordance with the schedule above. Student teachers may make arrangements for a proportional reduction in charges to cover the periods they will be off campus.

Health Center Expenses

The Ithaca College health center will administer or coordinate care for all illnesses or injuries that may occur to matriculated Ithaca College students. The College charges for some services at the health center, such as X-rays, laboratory tests, medications, and special treatments.

Health and Accident Insurance

Health and accident insurance is available to all matriculated students. The health and accident policy is specifically designed to complement Ithaca College's health center services. Copies of the insurance brochure are sent to every student each year. Contact the health center for answers to your questions. Coverage is mandatory except with a waiver giving written proof of other insurance coverage, which must be submitted each year by the date listed in the semester billing information.

Personal Property

The College does not carry insurance on students' personal belongings or student-registered motor vehicles and is not responsible for loss or damage from any cause. Students are advised to check their families' homeowner's insurance and motor vehicle insurance policies. If the policies do not cover belongings at college, the student may wish to secure optional personal property insurance offered to all matriculating students. A brochure detailing coverages and costs is mailed to students every year. Students may leave their possessions in their rooms over vacations during the regular academic year, but not over the summer months.

Special Fees and Deposits

Advance Deposits for Continuing Students

Students who wish to register in advance for the ensuing fall semester must pay an advance deposit of $250 by March 15. Failure to pay the deposit by this deadline will prevent a student from registering in advance for classes for the next semester and from participating in the residence hall lottery. This deposit is credited in full to the student's bill for the fall semester. The deposit is refundable in full to students who are not academically qualified to continue and to those who officially withdraw by June 15. Any student withdrawing after that date will not receive a refund.

Other Common Undergraduate Charges

Application fee (nonrefundable) - $60

Late payment fee (nonrefundable) - $200 per month

Accounts not paid in full on or before August 10 for the fall semester and January 10 for the spring semester will be assessed a late payment fee each month that a balance remains outstanding.

Parking permit

• for cars, trucks, motorcycles, etc. (per year) - $220 (freshmen)

• for cars, trucks, motorcycles, etc. (per year) - $110 (upperclassmen)

The cost of books and supplies varies greatly, depending on specific course requirements and whether new or used texts are purchased. The average cost is $565 per semester.

General Regulations

1. All rates are subject to change without notice.

2. All regular charges are billed on a semester basis. Students will not be allowed to register or be admitted to classes until satisfactory payment has been made.

3. Student accounts must be settled prior to leaving the College. Diplomas and transcripts will be withheld from students whose accounts are in arrears for any reason, including nonpayment of tuition and fees, fines, or medical charges. In the event that it is necessary to refer an overdue account for collection, the student and parents shall be obligated additionally to pay all interest, collection, disbursement, and attorney fees.

4. All bills are payable in United States currency.

5. All federal Stafford student loan checks payable to the student and the College must be deposited to the student's account. Credit balances resulting from this deposit will be refunded to the student. Upon receipt of a written request to the bursar to do so, a student may leave the credit on his or her account for the following semester instead of obtaining a refund.