Academic Catalog


Basic Annual Costs 2021-22

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

The rate listed for the 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:

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

The curriculum of all 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 at the 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 $15). 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

Private Lesson Fee

Required Lessons: No fees are charged for required lessons that are part of the degree program.

Elective lessons for music majors and minors (undergraduate and graduate, full-time, and part-time): For lessons not part of the degree program, the fee is $350 per semester. Such lessons are available only to qualified students (as determined by an audition), consist of one-half hour of contact time per week per semester, depending upon available faculty load, and must be approved by the Associate Dean in conjunction with the primary studio teacher and department chair.

Lessons for Non-music majors (undergraduate, full-time, and part-time): A fee of $175 is charged for lessons. Such lessons are available only to qualified students (as determined by an audition), consist of one-half hour contact time per week per semester, depending upon available faculty load, and must be approved by the Associate Dean and department chair. Lessons are typically with Graduate Assistants unless space is available with a faculty member.

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 $1,554 per credit. Those who exceed 18 credits per semester will be charged $1,554 for each additional credit. Undergraduate students who take graduate credits will be assessed at the undergraduate rate per credit unless they are within the 12-18 credits covered by full-time tuition.

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.

All undergraduate students are assumed full-time unless they have submitted a part-time approval form. 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 an adjustment of tuition charged. 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 they 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:

1st week 100%
2nd week 85%
3rd week 70%
4th week 60%
5th week 50%
6th week 40%
7th week 30%
8th week 15%
9th week 0%

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 before the actual start date of the program will be refunded based on the policies assessed by the affiliate organization. The student will be 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 Direct loans; PLUS, Pell, SEOG, or work-study) or institutional, state, or private grants or scholarships should refer to the “Title IV Refund Procedure” catalog website.


All students residing in College housing facilities, with the exception of those in apartments, 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 student health center is a full-service health center that provides direct medical care and patient education to the Ithaca College student community.  Services include examination and treatment for illness or injury, primary medical care for both acute and chronic illnesses, on-site laboratory testing, on-site x-rays, a medication dispensary, immunizations, and advice or information on general medical conditions. All enrolled and matriculated students are eligible for medical care at Hammond Health Center, regardless of their insurance.  Most Health Center services done on-site are provided to students with no additional charges. Charges will be assessed for immunizations administered at the health center, over-the-counter medications purchased from the health center dispensary, prescription medications delivered from an off-campus pharmacy, laboratory testing sent to an off-campus reference lab, and for taxi rides to or from off-campus medical appointments.

Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan

All Ithaca College students are required to have health insurance. Ithaca College makes a comprehensive student health insurance plan available to all students at a very competitive annual rate.  Students are required to submit a waiver annually if they do not elect to enroll in the College-sponsored student health insurance plan. Upon waiver submission, students will be required to demonstrate proof of comparable insurance coverage. Waivers must be submitted online at the University Health Plans website by the date listed on the Hammond Health Center website.

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 family’s 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

Other Common Undergraduate Charges

Application fee (nonrefundable) — $60

Late payment fee (nonrefundable) — $200

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.


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 $500 per semester.

General Regulations (Expenses)

  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 before leaving the College. 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.