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Fees, Scholarship & Refund Policy

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Tuition and Fees

A non-refundable application fee of $60 is required to apply. Tuition for the 2017 two-week program was $1,870 and room and board on campus was an additional $826; a nominal increase for 2018 is expected. Students from the local area are welcome to commute.

If you are the leader of a pre-formed ensemble, and would like to apply, please contact Coleen Stephenson at (518) 580-5447 or for important application information.


Scholarship Assistance — March 1, 2018 deadline for applications - late requests should be submitted following the instructions below.

The Institute offers scholarships (in the form of tuition remission) based on merit and need to promising young musicians. Accepted students who receive scholarship assistance will be required to confirm their place in the program by March 15th, and will be responsible for paying the balance of the tuition and fees at that time. 

To apply for a scholarship, please fax (518-580-5548) or e-mail ( the following information to our office by March 1, 2018. PLEASE NOTE: This information MUST be submitted by the March 1st application deadline in order for your request to be considered.

All scholarship applications will be considered on an individual basis. Requests for financial aid will not affect admission decisions. For questions, please contact Maria McColl, Office of the Dean of Special Programs, Skidmore College, at 518-580-5595 or


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.