Tuition and Fees

A college education of the kind offered at Hamilton is necessarily expensive — so expensive that tuition represents only 65 percent of the actual cost of a student's education. For the remainder, the College relies upon its endowment and the various gifts and grants made by alumni, friends and foundations. Even though the individual expense is thus substantially reduced, approximately half of all students at Hamilton still need some form of financial aid. If deemed eligible, they can benefit from scholarship funds, employment opportunities and loans established to defray further the high cost of education. For detailed information, refer to the Financial Aid section.

Charges for a year at Hamilton, including tuition and fees, room and board, total $64,250. Beyond this, a student will need an additional $1,000 to cover the cost of books and supplies, up to $1,000 for miscellaneous personal expenses and up to $1,500 for travel. The actual amount required will depend in part upon the distance between home and the College.


College Fees

Application Fee

A non-refundable fee of $60 must accompany each application for admission. In cases of financial hardship, you may request a fee waiver by submitting a letter from your counselor or principal stating that you are eligible for such a waiver. Hamilton subscribes to the fee waiver guidelines established annually by the College Board.

Registration Deposit

A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required from each candidate offered admission. This sum, due by May 1, will be applied toward the first bill of the academic year.

Registration Fee

A registration fee of $500, deductible from the fall tuition bill, is required of all students who intend to return to Hamilton for the coming academic year. This fee will be billed to the student's account in March and is due on April 1. Students may not preregister or participate in the housing lottery until the deposit is paid. It is nonrefundable after May 1.

Guarantee Deposit

An initial guarantee deposit of $100 is required from each regularly enrolled student upon entering the College. This deposit will be held to ensure final payment of minor bills. Any balance will be returned after the student leaves the College.

Transcript Fee

New students to the College are required to pay a non-refundable one-time transcript fee of $25 as part of their first term bill. This will entitle the student to an unlimited number of transcripts in the future.

Tuition and Other Charges for 2016-17
Tuition and Fees per year $50,730
Room (in College residence halls) per year $7,110
Board (in College dining halls) per year $5,900

 plus a $510 student activities fee

The charge for tuition and fees listed above does not apply to the occasional special student permitted by the faculty to carry fewer than the three courses required for a full-time program. Partial tuition for such students is by course load, at a rate of $6,341 per course.

Overelection Fee

Four years' tuition entitles the student to 37 courses — several more than are required for graduation — taken at any time during the undergraduate program. Students who enroll in more than the allotted 37 courses (exclusive of Music 125, 126, 141, 142, 225, 226, 241, 242 and 326) pay an overelection fee of $6,341 per additional course.

Room and Board

Hamilton asks that all students live in a College residence hall; exceptions to this policy may be granted by the Office of the Dean of Students. College rooms are furnished with a bed and mattress, desk, chair and dresser for each occupant.

All students, however, will participate in the seven-meal plan as a minimum. All first- and second-year students will participate in the 21-meal plan. Juniors and seniors can choose to participate in either the seven-, 14- or 21-meal plan; and certain housing accommodations will provide for participation in the seven-meal plan only.

Student Activities Fee

At the request of the Student Assembly, a student activities fee of $255 per student per semester is charged to support student-sponsored programming.

Medical Services

Professional care and treatments provided by the College Health Center are free. A fee may be incurred for medications and diagnostic tests.

Group Accident Insurance

Accident insurance is extended without separate charge to all regularly enrolled students for the academic year. However, this is excess insurance over any other collectible insurance covering the student as a dependent. This coverage provides a basic accident medical expense benefit with an aggregate maximum of $1,000 per injury.

Coverage under the plan is available for losses caused by accident only, both on and off campus, but the accident must occur during the academic year. There is no coverage during the summer break. Treatment must commence within 180 days of the accident, and all bills for charges accumulated during a given treatment must be presented within two years of the incident.

Accident insurance is also provided for intercollegiate sports. This is excess coverage only. It applies after any other collectible insurance covering the student. Club and intramural sports are not covered under this plan and fall under the group accident insurance plan.

Health Insurance

Hamilton requires that all students have some form of health insurance coverage. For students who are not covered under a parent's policy, or students who would like additional coverage, Hamilton offers a limited benefits health insurance plan. Coverage under this policy is voluntary. However, if proof of other comparable health insurance coverage has not been provided to the Health Center, students will be automatically enrolled in and billed for this plan. An outline of the plan and premium information may be obtained from the Health Center at 315-859-4112.

Other than the provisions of the Medical Service and Group Accident and Health Insurance programs described above, the College assumes no responsibility for medical or health services to its students.

Music Fees

Private vocal and instrumental instruction is available during the fall and spring semesters. The student may choose between two alternatives: 11 weekly half-hour lessons for $308, or 11 weekly hour lessons for $616. A student receiving a College scholarship as part of his or her financial aid package is eligible for assistance in meeting the cost of private music instruction. Eligible students must contact the music department.

Off-Campus Programs Fee

Students may study for a semester or more through approved non-Hamilton programs at other colleges and universities. A fee of $1,500 is charged for one semester, or $2,000 for an academic year. This fee is in addition to the tuition charged by the off-campus program.

Charges for Damage

The College attempts to minimize property damage by prorating among the student body the cost of any such damage for which the responsible party cannot be identified. The cost of individual residence hall damage for which no responsible party can be found is prorated among the residents of each building. A bill for this prorated charge is sent to each student at the end of each semester.

Payment of Bills

One-half the annual charges is billed in July and the other half in December. Both are mailed to the student's home address for payment in August and January, respectively. A late payment fee of $100 is assessed if payment is not received by the start of classes. An additional late fee of $200 will be assessed if the amount due for the semester is not paid by October 1 for the fall semester and March 1 for the spring semester. During the academic year, all other bills are also mailed to the student's home address and are due by the last day of the month.

Any student whose bill is not paid as provided herein may be prevented from registering or preregistering and excluded from classes. In addition, any student whose bill is unpaid may be denied access to residence and/or dining halls. No student whose College bills are unpaid may receive a degree or honorable dismissal, have grades recorded or obtain a transcript.

All students are held personally responsible for any unpaid balance on the tuition account, regardless of any allowances, awards or financial aid. It is also the student's obligation to pay attorneys' fees or other charges necessary to facilitate the collection of amounts not paid.

All refunds to a student withdrawing from the College are based on the date on which the student, parent or guardian notified the dean of students of withdrawal. The College policy on the refund of payments to students who withdraw voluntarily or due to illness, or who are dismissed during any semester, is stated below. No other refunds are possible.

Students receiving financial aid from the College who withdraw during a semester will have their aid reevaluated, possibly necessitating repayment of a portion of aid received. Repayment of aid depends on the type of aid received, government regulations, and the period of attendance.

Prior to the first day of classes, 100% of tuition, room and board will be refunded, less any nonrecoverable costs incurred by the college.

Room charges will not be refunded if a student withdraws after the start of classes.

Refund Schedule for Withdrawals and Leaves of Absence:

 1)    Withdrawal or dismissal during the first week  80%
 2)    Withdrawal or dismissal during the second week 70%
 3)    Withdrawal or dismissal during the third week 60%
 4)    Withdrawal or dismissal during the fourth week 50%
 5)    Withdrawal or dismissal during the fifth week 40%
 6)    Withdrawal or dismissal during the sixth week 30%
 7)    Withdrawal or dismissal during the seventh week 20%
 8)    Withdrawal or dismissal during the eighth week 10%
 9)    After eight weeks: no refund

Students who think that any fee or refund has been incorrectly computed may appeal to the controller.