Expenses, Refund Policy, Fees

The tuition and fees listed represent the charges for the 2019-2020 academic year. In planning for the following year, students should expect an increase in line with rises in institutional costs.

Charges Per Quarter

NOTE: The Board of Trustees reserves the right to change fees prior to the opening of any quarter.

  Resident Student Commuter Student
Tuition $16,682 $16,682
Student Activity Fee* 122 122
Room 1,643 0
Full Board Plan 1,735 0
Total 20,182 16,804


The college offers the seven board plans listed below:

Meal Plans Description* Quarter  
20 Meal Premium     20 meals/week + $115 K Cash/term* $1,835  
20 Meal Standard 20 meals/week + $15 K Cash/term*   1,735  
15 Meals Premium 15 meals/week + $125 K Cash/term*  1,735  
15 Meals Standard 15 meals/week + $25 K Cash/term*  1,635  
10 Meals Premium 10 meals/week + $135 K Cash/term*   1,470  
10 Meal Standard 10 meals/week + $35 K Cash/term*   1,370  
50 Meals LLHU 50 meals/term + $100 K Cash/term* (available only to students residing in Living Learning Houses)       498  


*K Cash for all meal plans will carry over from term to term. However, any unused K Cash at the end of the spring term will be forfeited.

Students can change their board plans up through the Thursday of the 1st week each quarter.

All students are required to have health insurance. All international students are required to purchase the Kalamazoo College health insurance plan.

A normal course load at Kalamazoo College is three units. If a student takes two or four courses, the tuition cost remains the same.

Of particular significance to those students participating in the study abroad program is the subsidy repayment that is required should they withdraw from the College. The Board of Trustees has designated $1,300 as the amount that must be repaid to the College before a transcript may be released for those who consider transferring from the College after having participated in study abroad. This fee is payable at the time a transcript is requested and is refundable upon completion of the degree if the student remains at or returns to the college. (Further information regarding penalties for withdrawal from the study abroad program may be found in the "Center for International Programs" section of this catalog.)

Entering students will pay a fee deposit of $350 to reserve a place in the class; this also reserves space in a residence hall. It is credited against the bill for tuition and fees. New students will be notified of the due date for the fee when they are admitted to the College. All drafts and checks should be made payable to Kalamazoo College.

Quarterly payments are due on or prior to the opening of each quarter. Bills not paid by the due date will be considered past due; students will be assessed a late charge of 1.5 percent per month on any past due balance. In addition, a registration hold will be placed on the student's account Monday of 6th week preventing registration for the following quarter. Lastly, the registration hold will become an administrative withdrawal from the college as of 5pm on the 1st day of the following quarter. The hold will be removed once the balance is paid or the student has made acceptable payments arrangements with the Student Accounts office.

Transcripts cannot be released until all financial obligations are met.

The College offers a tuition payment plan through the Student Accounts Office. For information please visit: www.kzoo.edu/billing

Kalamazoo College Withdrawal and Refund Policy

When a student chooses to withdraw from the College, we recommend the student start the withdrawal process with the Office of the Dean of Students. The student will receive useful information about separating from the College and in some cases will be advised to meet with a staff person from the Office of Financial Aid.

Financial Aid/Return of Federal (Title IV) Aid:

Federal, Title IV financial aid will be returned to the U.S. Department of Education according to a federal mandated formula for calculating the amount of financial aid a student and school may retain when a student withdraws from all classes. This regulation uses a daily pro-ration of financial aid earned based on the number of days enrolled to the number of days in the term, including weekends and holidays. The school must calculate the portion of the total financial assistance that the student has earned and is entitled to retain. At the point where the number of days enrolled is at or greater than 60 percent of the term, there will be no return of federal funds. Mandatory fees, such as the Matriculation Fee and Student Activity Fee will not be prorated or removed. If a student receives more assistance than the student earns, the unearned funds must be returned to the applicable aid programs. An example of the calculation is if a student attended 50% of the term, 50% of the aid disbursed will be earned. The remainder or unearned amount must be returned.

If a student unofficially withdraws, the last date of attendance determined by the Office of Financial Aid will be used to calculate the portion of the total financial assistance that the student has earned and is entitled to retain. At the point where the number of days enrolled is at or greater than 60 percent of the term, there will be no return of federal funds.

Institutionally-funded scholarships and grants will use this same pro-ration method.

A student's withdrawal date is the last date of documented academic activity as determined by the Dean of Students (official withdrawal) or as determined by the Office of Financial Aid (unofficial withdrawal). Further information regarding penalties for withdrawal from a study abroad program may be found in the "Center for International Programs" section of this catalog.

If a student is receiving Title IV funds and chooses to withdraw, funds will be returned in this order:

  1. Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans
  2. Federal Direct Subsidized Loans
  3. Federal Parent PLUS Loan
  4. Federal Pell Grant
  5. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
  6. Other Grants

A student who receives a refund of federal financial aid after the posting of institutional charges and subsequently withdraws from the College before 60 percent of the term is over will be subject to the federal return of funds policy on a portion of the funds they received back as a credit on their account. Such an outcome may occur when a student has no charges on their account for room and board as a result of living off campus.Financial aid from the State of Michigan will be returned to the Michigan Department of Treasury according to guidelines specified by the state. The state's refund is based on percentage of tuition paid by the program to the percentage of tuition refunded back to the student. Timeframe for Return of Title IV Funds: As per federal regulations associated to the Higher Education Act, Kalamazoo College must return the amount of Title IV funds for which it is responsible as soon as possible, but no later than 45 days after the date of the institution's determination that the student withdrew.An institution must determine the withdrawal date for a student who unofficially withdraws no later than 30 days after the end of the earlier of the:

  1. Payment period or period of enrollment as appropriate
  2. Academic year in which the student withdrew; or
  3. Educational program from which the student withdrew.

Post-Withdrawal Disbursements: If the amount disbursed to the student is less than the amount the student earned, the student is eligible to receive a post-withdrawal disbursement of the earned aid that was not received. Kalamazoo College will disburse any Pell funds within 45 days of the determination that the student withdrew and disburse any loan funds within 180 days.Whenever possible, a student who receives any financial aid should attempt to consult with staff in the Office of Financial Aid before withdrawing. A student who successfully gains re-admittance to the College will be considered for need-based aid or merit scholarships under certain conditions. Reinstatement of need-based institutional, federal, and state aid is subject to application requirements and availability of funds. Students seeking reinstatement of institutional scholarships will automatically be considered for reinstatement upon official notice of re-admittance from the Registrar. If the student left in good academic standing and campus citizenship and still has remaining terms of eligibility, they will have their scholarship(s) reinstated.

Special Fees

> .80 to 1.4 Registered Units $5561
>. 40 to .80 Registered Units 3,175
> .20 to .40 Registered Units 1,589
Up to .20 Registered Units 794
LandSea Program 2,295
Special Secondary School Fee (per course) 1,506
Matriculation Fee 150
Advanced Deposit (Nonrefundable)  
  First-Time Students 350
  LandSea Program 100
Applied Music Fee  
  Half-hour private lesson per week for 10 weeks 312
  One-hour private lesson per week for 10 weeks 624
  One-hour group lesson per week for 10 weeks 205
Official Transcript Fee 6
Tuition Payment Plan Enrollment (per quarter) 25


This Academic Catalog is current as of Jul 03, 2020

An official catalog is produced each summer for the following academic year and stored in the Archives section of this site. These versions are used for degree audits. Throughout the year, approved changes are incorporated immediately. Updates that have been submitted and approved by early summer will be included in the archival catalog for the next academic year in mid-summer.