Spring 2021 – Revised Tuition and Fees Schedule

Lafayette College is preparing to welcome back to campus any student who wants to be here for the spring 2021 semester. Many courses will be offered in person; most will be delivered online. Any student who chooses to continue learning from home will receive a 10 percent reduction on their tuition. This decision is rooted in the College’s priorities of protecting the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, while providing an excellent educational experience.

Students who receive financial aid will continue to have their full financial need met, but the financial aid for those studying from home will be adjusted to account for the reduced tuition rate and the elimination of room and board charges. Additionally, financial aid packages have been adjusted to reflect the elimination of this year’s 3.75 percent increase in tuition, fees, and room and board.

If paying the spring 2020 balance in full, the payment will be due Friday, January 8, 2021. The College will continue to offer a payment plan option for students for the spring semester.  If you plan to utilize a payment plan, there will be four equal installments, with payments due January 8, February 1, and March 1, and April 1, 2021.  Normal installment plan fees will apply.

Questions regarding student accounts should be directed to (610) 330-5145 or studentbilling@lafayette.edu. Tuition and fees are established annually by the Board of Trustees. Tuition and fees listed below may not be comprehensive.*Should it become necessary for the College to vacate students from campus, those who complete the move-out process would have tuition prorated based on the difference between the full and study-from-home rate for the remaining weeks of scheduled on-campus instruction.

spring 2021 fees chart
**Should it become necessary for the College to vacate students from campus the room and board refund would be prorated for those meeting the move-out requirements for the remaining weeks of scheduled on-campus instruction.
***Fees include student activity and technology fee.
**** The annual parking registration fee will remain $440 and applies to those who elect to bring their cars to campus.
***** The matriculation fee will remain a $750 one-time fee for new students only

2021-22 Tuition and Fees

Tuition $55,874
Room Fee $10,308 (1)
Board Fee $6,362 (2)
Student Activity & Technology Fee $490
Matriculation Fee $750 (3)
Parking Registration $450 (4)

(1) Additional fees may apply based upon Housing Options.
(2) Additional fees may apply based upon Meal Plan Options.
(3) One-time fee for new students only.
(4) Only for students registered to park on campus.


Additional common fees

Part-Time, Summer I, Summer II $2,450
Summer Internships $250
Interim Session  $2,920
Music Fee $550
Application Fee $65
Studio Art & Lab Science Courses $150
Auditing a Course $575

2021-22 Housing Options

Tier 1:  $10,308 per academic year / $5,154 per semester

Includes: Conway, Delta Upsilon, Easton, Farber, Gates, 421 Hamilton Street, 635 High Street, Hillel House, March Hall, Marquis, McKelvy House, Portlock Black Cultural Center, Ramer, 225 Reeder Street, Ruef, Soles, Sorority Houses, Watson Courts, and Watson Hall

Tier 2:  $10,714 per academic year / $5,357 per semester

Includes: Delta Kappa Epsilon, Fisher East, Fisher West, Grossman House, Kamine, Keefe, Kirby House, McKeen, Rubin, and South College

Tier 3:  $10,888 per academic year / $5,444 per semester

Includes: “Monroe House” participants in College-owned off-campus houses

Tier 4:  $11,240 per academic year / $5,620 per semester

Includes: non-“Monroe House” participants in College-owned off-campus houses/apartments

Tier 5:  $11,566 per academic year / $5,783 per semester

Includes: 512 March Street apartments

McCartney Street (North & South) – Third-Party Owned Housing (Full academic year contract required. Housing billed by third-party)

2021-22 Meal Plan Options

All students are required to enroll in a College meal plan. Meal plan options vary based on student class year and housing location.AY2021-22 Meal Plans

(1)  Plans begin at dinner the Saturday afternoon prior to the scheduled start of classes and end at dinner on the scheduled last day of final exams. Modified service is provided during Fall, Thanksgiving, and Spring break days with the exception of Thanksgiving day when all venues are closed.

(2)  Pard Dollars can be used at all on-campus Dining venues and at participating off-campus merchants. Meal Plans include an allotment of Pard Dollars for use during the fall and spring semesters. This allotment is non-refundable and does not roll over from semester to semester. Pard Dollars purchased in addition to the meal plan allotments shown above (known as Refundable Pard Dollars) do roll from semester to semester and can be refunded at graduation.

(3)  A Private Kitchen is defined as (a) fully-equipped with stove/oven, refrigerator, and sink; and (b) self-contained within an individual residence hall apartment-style unit, College-owned off-campus house or apartment, or privately-owned houses and apartments (does not include the privately-owned residence halls McCartney North and McCartney South). Residence hall apartment-style units include: Fisher East, Fisher West, Grossman House, Marquis Suite, Watson Courts.

2020-21 Tuition and Fees

Tuition $54,512  
Room Fee $10,056 (1)
Board Fee $6,207 (2)
Student Activity & Technology Fee $480  
Matriculation Fee $750 (3)
Parking Fee $440 (4)

(1) Additional fees may apply based upon Housing Options.
(2) Additional fees may apply based upon Meal Plan Options.
(3) One-time fee for new students only.
(4) Only for students registered to park on campus.

2020-21 Housing Options

Tier 1:  $10,056 per academic year / $5,028 per semester

Includes: Conway, Delta Upsilon, Easton, Farber, Gates, 421 Hamilton Street, 635 High Street, Hillel House, March Hall, Marquis, McKelvy House, Portlock Black Cultural Center, Ramer, 225 Reeder Street, Ruef, Soles, Sorority Houses, Watson Courts, and Watson Hall

Tier 2:  $10,452 per academic year / $5,226 per semester

Includes: Delta Kappa Epsilon, Fisher East, Fisher West, Grossman House, Kamine, Keefe, Kirby House, McKeen, Rubin, and South College

Tier 3:  $10,622 per academic year / $5,311 per semester

Includes: “Monroe House” participants in College-owned off-campus houses

Tier 4:  $10,966 per academic year / $5,483 per semester

Includes: non-“Monroe House” participants in College-owned off-campus houses/apartments

Tier 5:  $11,284 per academic year / $5,642 per semester

Includes:
– 512 March Street apartments
– McCartney Street (North & South) – Third-Party Owned Housing (full academic year contract required) 

2020-21 Meal Plan Options

academic year 20-21 meal plan chart(1) Students are required to carry the minimum meal plan listed for their class year & housing location.
(2) Meal Plans will begin with lunch on February 1, 2021 prior to the start of classes and end at dinner on May 30, 2021. All days during the Spring Semester will be full service days
(3) Pard Dollars can be used at all on-campus Dining venues and at participating off-campus merchants. Meal Plans include an allotment of Pard Dollars for use during the fall and spring semesters. This allotment is non-refundable and does not roll over from semester to semester. Pard Dollars purchased in addition to the meal plan allotments shown above (known as Refundable Pard Dollars) do roll from semester to semester and can be refunded at graduation.
(4) A Private Kitchen is defined as (a) fully-equipped with stove/oven, refrigerator, and sink; and (b) self-contained within an individual residence hall apartment-style unit, College-owned off-campus house or apartment, or privately-owned houses and apartments. Residence hall apartment-style units include: Fisher East, Fisher West, Grossman House, Marquis Suite, Watson Courts.

Billings & Policies

Tuition and fees are billed in early July for the Fall semester and in early December for the Spring semester. Students or Authorized Users may view charges or make payment through the College’s secure Online Payment System operated through TouchNet.  The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) requires students to grant permission to others to access student information and students can grant access to other users (for example, parents and other family members) by setting them up within the Online Payment System (instructions). The payment due date is approximately four weeks prior to the start of classes for the semester.

The student account statement will reflect all of the information the College has about the amount due for tuition, room fees, meal plans/board fees, purchases made on account at the College Store, and other student fees as well as any applicable payments and financial aid awards. Students and families are strongly encouraged to begin this sometimes lengthy process early so the aid is available when needed by the student bill due date. It is the responsibility of the student to file and follow up with the Financial Aid Office on all necessary financial aid forms to ensure that all anticipated aid is approved and credited to the student’s account in advance of the payment due date.

Charges for other expenses incurred during the semester such as room damages, bookstore charges, late payment fees, fines, etc., are billed monthly and due upon receipt of the bill.

Students will not be allowed to register or attend classes until accounts are paid in full or until satisfactory payment arrangements are made. A late payment fee of $300 is assessed if payment is not received or satisfactory arrangements are not made by the established due date and additional late fees may be assessed until payment is received.

Past due balances may affect the student’s ability to register or attend classes and may cause the College to refer the delinquent account to a collection agency.  The student may be responsible for paying the collection agency and attorney’s fees.  Delinquent accounts may be reported to one or more of the national credit bureaus.

Veterans or their dependents taking advantage of Chapter 31 or Chapter 33 benefits will not be imposed penalties, late fees, or other holds due to delayed payments from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.   Students are required to submit a certificate of eligibility for entitlement of benefits to the Education Liaison Representative (ELR) in the Office of the Registrar (registrar@lafayette.edu) no later than the start of  the term in which the student wishes to use benefits.

Making a Payment

Payments for any amounts due can be made in one of the following ways:

  • Electronic payments can be made by Students and Authorized Users via an electronic check (ACH). Read more about how to utilize the electronic payment system.
  • Tuition Payment Plan A payment plan is available to students who would prefer to pay in monthly installments. For a nominal fee, you will be able to enroll in two separate 3-month term-based plans.  Students or Authorized Users can enroll in the plan via the buttons above. Please have your student set you up as an Authorized User.
  • Hand delivering a check to the Cashier’s Window on the basement floor of Marquis Hall. The Cashier’s Window is open most weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
  • International Wire transfer (in U.S. dollars only) via FlyWire. Please note that the sender is responsible for bank charges related to wire transfer transactions. Please find instructions here.
  • Outside Scholarship Checks – if you have received an outside scholarship/tuition benefits check click here for instructions

Tuition Payment Plan

A payment plan is available to students who would prefer to pay in monthly installments. For a nominal fee, you will be able to enroll in two separate 3-month term-based plans.  Students or Authorized Users can enroll in the plan by logging onto TouchNet. Please have your student set you up as an Authorized User.  Please contact the Student Accounts office at 610-330-5145 or studentbilling@lafayette.edu with any questions.

Refund Policies

For information on the College’s refunds policies, please click here