Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance (COA), also known as the student’s budget, is used to determine aid eligibility. The COA includes direct charges for tuition and fees, a room and board budget for a double with the 16-meal plan, as well as indirect charges for books, supplies, and personal expenses. Below is the 2020-2021 cost of attendance.

Cost Fall Spring Total
Tuition $28,480 $28,480 $56,960
Fees $0 $144 $144
Room $4,598 $5,450 $10,048
Board (16-meal Plan) $3,219 $3,815 $7,034
Books & Supplies $550 $550 $1,100
Personal Expenses $650 $650 $1,300
Total $37,997 $39,589  $77,586

Tuition & Fees

The Student Accounts Office publishes a comprehensive list of all costs and charges, including different room and meal-plan costs, on the Tuition & Fees section of their website.

Travel Allowance

In addition to the above costs, all domestic student budgets include a transportation allowance that ranges from $100 – $1,000 depending on the student’s state of residence.

Room & Board

The budget for room and board is based on the universal room rate with the 16-meal Plan. Different housing plans such as living with parents/relative impact the room & board budget for financial aid purposes.

Course Fees

Students with academic course fees may have their course fees included in their budget and covered with a course fee scholarship. Academic course fees and course fee scholarships are assessed after Census, the 10th day of the semester, when enrollment is “locked”. Please note, financial aid does not cover physical education fees.


Students who need financial assistance to purchase a computer may have their student budget increased. Laptops can only be funded with federal loans if the student has remaining loan eligibility; most students will be able to borrow an Unsubsidized Loan. All loan funds are paid to the student’s account first. If there is a remaining credit after the loan is paid, the student can request a refund and use those funds for the purchase of a computer. For additional information, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Health Insurance

All students at Pitzer are required to have health insurance. Students are automatically enrolled for Pitzer’s health insurance, but may waive out if they can provide proof of equal coverage.

The health insurance cost is not part of the student’s budget. However, students who cannot waive-out of the health insurance plan can inquire about additional loan options to assist with this cost. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

The health insurance plan for the 2020-2021 year is $2,655. For more information regarding the health insurance, visit: Student Health Insurance Plan.


The Office of Financial Aid does not cover other miscellaneous charges that may appear on the student’s account, such as but not limited to: vehicle registration fees, payment plan fees, course overload fees, health services fees, fines or citations.