Apr 23, 2024  
Catalogue 2024-2025 
Catalogue 2024-2025


Payment of Fees

Comprehensive fee charges are billed to student accounts in July for the fall term and December for the spring term. Students and their designated Authorized Payers can view all activity posted to their student account via Nelnet QuikPay (Vassar’s provider for online billing and payments).  All bills are 100% electronic and notifications are sent to the student’s Vassar email address. Additional bills are produced monthly to reflect all other charges incurred by students. Payments must be received by the designated due dates to avoid late payment fees and/or the denial of student privileges. Payments can be made online through Nelnet, by mail, or in person at the Cashier’s Office. Vassar also offers two monthly payment plan options each semester; a 5-month plan and a 4-month plan. All payments must be in the form of United States dollars. Payments originating from outside the United States must be sent through a bank with a location in the United States.  For more information on payment options and to make an online payment, visit our website https://offices.vassar.edu/student-financial-services/billing/pay-bill/

Fees are subject to change at the discretion of the college’s Board of Trustees and are reviewed on an annual basis.

Application Fee

Application for admission (nonrefundable) $65
Payment of the fee is due upon submission of your application for admission to the College.  

Undergraduate Comprehensive Fee

Tuition - Full time for fall and spring terms $70,050
Room and Board Plan- All residential halls $18,240
Apartment and Board Plan - Apartments/townhouses $18,740
Off Campus Meal Plan $5,120
Student activities fee (nonrefundable) $380
College health service fee (nonrefundable) $600

In general, the college requires full-time students to live in college housing. Permission to live off-campus may be granted by the director of residential life in the spring for the following academic year. If a student does not apply for permission by the posted deadline, the student will be liable for full room and board charges. Housing assignments are secured through a room-draw process, which is based on academic seniority. Apartment units are generally not available to first-year students.

All full-time students are required to be on a meal plan.

The student activity fee is required for all full-time students. These funds are transferred to the Vassar Student Association for use by its various organizations.

The Health Service fee is required for all full-time students. The fee covers certain medical services provided by the college’s health clinic. Additional charges may be incurred during the academic year related to medications or gynecological services. A schedule of fees is on file at the Office of Health Services.

Other Fees and Deposits

 Student Health Insurance Plan $ $3,310

Arrangements for a group health and accident insurance policy have been made by the college. All students are required to have health insurance coverage. This plan covers students while on or away from campus for a period of 12 months beginning August 17.  All full-time students will be charged for student health insurance each July. If the student already has comparable coverage, they may complete a waiver and if approved, the charge will be removed from the student account. The deadline for waiving insurance is August 10, 2024. Information regarding the health insurance plan is available on the Student Financial Services website.


Tuition Insurance through A.W.G. Dewar Insurance TBD

Vassar College is a participating institution of the Tuition Refund Plan (TRP), an optional insurance program that would augment Vassar’s refund policy in the event of an unexpected leave from Vassar due to health reasons. The Tuition Refund Plan offers a refund of 80% of the insured term tuition, mandatory fees, room and board, less any refund or credit due to you from the college. This money can be used to repay any education loan or grant which must be returned in the event that a student withdraws from the college. All full-time students will be charged for tuition insurance each July. If you would like to opt out of the plan, the student must complete a waiver by September 3, 2024 and the charge will be removed from the student account.


Transcript of academic record (first semester students only) $90
First time students to the college are required to pay this fee as part of their first term bill. It entitles students to an unlimited number of academic transcript requests at no charge.


Late Fee (nonrefundable) $200
A late fee is charged if term bills are not paid by the advertised due date.

Graduate Fees

Full-time tuition $70,050
Part-time tuition per unit $8,390
General deposit $420
This deposit will be refunded upon completion of degree requirements or upon earlier withdrawal.  Subject to its application in whole or in part against any unpaid fees or changes against the student.  

Part-Time Student Fees

Part-time undergraduate students per unit $8,390
Non-matriculated special students and full-time high school students per unit $4,260
A general deposit of $420 for part-time undergraduate students and $210 for special and high school students is required. This deposit will be refunded upon completion of degree requirements or upon earlier withdrawal subject to its application in whole or in part against any unpaid fees or charges against the student.

Music: Private Instruction

Private Music Lessons with Instructor
Each semester

Department of Music majors are exempt from three semesters of fees for performance instruction during their junior and senior years. This fee exemption applies to instruction in only one area per semester. Non-matriculated special students taking individual lessons will be charged one-half of the rate-per-unit fee plus the fee for performance instruction. Individuals from the community may elect, with the approval of the chair of the Music Department, to take instruction in a musical instrument without receiving academic credit. The charge per semester for such instruction is $950.

If the course is dropped before the first day of classes for that semester, the fee will be canceled. In the case of withdrawal within seven weeks, the student will be charged a pro-rated fee per-lesson. For complete information on music fees and policies- please visit https://music.vassar.edu/students/lessons/ 

Miscellaneous Fees

Diploma replacement fee $70
Emergency Medical Training instruction fee $370
Studio Art (per semester) $60-150
Teacher Certification (fifth year program) (per unit) $200
Vehicle Registration (per semester) $170

Student Deposits

General deposit $420
The general deposit, charged to all new students with the first term bill, is refundable either upon graduation or upon earlier withdrawal, subject to its application in whole or in part against any unpaid fees or charges against the student.


Enrollment deposit (nonrefundable) $500
The enrollment deposit is for new students only and is due by May 1. This deposit secures the student’s place in the class and will be applied toward the fees for the ensuing year.


Fines may be imposed for violation of college and social regulations. Students may also be fined for failure to meet obligations in the administrative and business offices and the library after due notice has been given. Students accept responsibility for damage done to college property, including laboratory breakage, whether caused by individuals or groups.

A schedule of fines and fees for special services is available in the Office of Residential Life.

Students who have unpaid financial obligations to the college will be penalized.  Students who do not meet payment deadlines will be assessed a late fee, may have their swipe card access restricted, and may be held for pre-registration.  Students whose accounts remain unpaid at the end of a semester may have their pre-registration and housing assignment for the following semester canceled. In this instance students cannot attend classes and are subject to leave of absence or suspension proceedings by the college.

VA Pending Payment Compliance

In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679 subsection (e), this school adopts the following additional provisions for any students using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from the VA.  This school will not:

  • Prevent nor delay the student’s enrollment;
  • Assess a late penalty fee to the student;
  • Require the student to secure alternative or additional funding;
  • Deny the student access to any resources available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution, including but not limited to access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities.

However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to:

  • Produce the Certificate of Eligibility by the first day of class;
  • Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies. 

Other Expenses

The college estimates that a reasonable budget for incidental expenses (books and supplies, recreation, etc.) is $2,250 per year.  Some courses may require specific supplies or materials, the cost of which will be billed to the student account.


Vassar College maintains an equitable refund policy for students who withdraw from their studies or when payment is in excess of the total charges.

Leaves and Withdrawals

All notices of withdrawal must be made to the Office of the Dean of Studies in writing. The date that notice is received becomes the official withdrawal date and is used to determine refund eligibility and recalculate financial aid eligibility. Certain fees and deposits (as specified in the section above) are nonrefundable.  The charges for tuition, room and board are subject the refund schedule outlined below. Refunds will be credited first against financial aid awards, with the balance, if any, remitted to the student.

Return of Title IV Funds [§484B]

Students receiving Title IV aid (federal financial aid including: Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans, and Federal Parent PLUS Loans) are subject to the Federal Title IV Refund Policy. In the event of a withdrawal or leave of absence, eligibility for federal aid will be recalculated according to federal regulations.

All notices of withdrawal must be submitted in writing to the Office of the Dean of Studies. The date that notice is received becomes the official date of withdrawal (last day of attendance) and is used to determine the percentage of Title IV aid the student has earned.

The percentage of Title IV aid earned will be equal to the percentage of the payment period completed by the student (number of days in attendance divided by number of days in the enrollment period/semester), so long as the period completed is less than 60 percent of the semester. The percentage of unearned federal aid must be returned to the Department of Education.  If the student’s withdrawal date occurs after the completion of 60% of the semester, 100% of aid is earned and no return will occur.

Unearned funds to be returned to Title IV programs will be credited in the following order:

  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Student Loans
  • Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Student Loans
  • Federal Direct Parent Plus Loans
  • Federal Pell Grants
  • Federal SEOG (Supplementary Educational Opportunity Grant)
  • Other Title IV assistance for which a return of funds is required.

Tuition Refund Schedule

Upon withdrawal or leave of absence from the college, or upon withdrawal from courses, refund of  tuition, room/apartment and board, will be made at the following rates: 

Prior to the first day of classes in each semester:
(less the nonrefundable fee deposit)
During the first week of the semester 80%
During the second week of the semester 70%
During the third week of the semester 60%
During the fourth week of the semester 50%
During the fifth week of the semester 40%
During the sixth week of the semester 30%
During the seventh week of the semester 20%
During the eighth week of the semester 10%
During the ninth week of the semester 10%

No refund will be made after the ninth week of the semester.

No refund is made in the event that classes are temporarily canceled. The payment of tuition entitles the student to educational opportunities which are not dependent upon a specific number of classes, hours, or weeks of instruction.

No refund is made in cases of suspension or expulsion.

Room and Board

Prior to the first day of classes in each semester, the college will refund 100 percent of the room and board charges.

No refunds of apartment/room and board charges are made in cases of suspension or expulsion.

If a student requests a change in housing during a semester, the following will apply:

  • Move from a Terrace Apartment, Townhouse, South Commons Apartment Area to the Residence Hall
    • If the move occurs during week 1-9, a $250.00 credit will be applied to the student account.  Financial aid recipients will have their scholarship award adjusted accordingly.
    • After the 9th week of classes, there will be no change in the original housing charge
  • Moving from the Residence Hall to a Terrace Apartment, Townhouse, South Commons Apartment Area
    • Anytime during the semester if a student requests a move, the student account will be charged an additional $250.00.  Financial aid recipients will have their scholarship award adjusted accordingly.​

Credit Balance on Account

Students who have excell funds (negative balance) on their student account may receive a refund. If the student is a Title IV financial aid recipient and if Title IV funds exceed allowable charges (tuition/fees/room/board), the excess funds will be returned to the student/parent within fourteen days of disbursement unless the student/parent has authorized the school to hold these funds toward payment of other allowable institutional charges.  Students may also request a refund via the Refund Request Form available on the Student Financial Services website.