Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance (COA), also known as the student’s budget, is used to determine aid eligibility. The COA includes tuition and fees, room & board, as well as an allowance for books, supplies, and personal expenses. Below is the 2020-2021 cost of attendance.

Cost Fall Spring Total
Tuition $27,867 $27,867 $55,734
Fees $0 $144 $144
Room & Board $3,815 $9,265 $13,080
Books & Supplies $550 $550 $1,100
Personal Expenses $650 $650 $1,300
Total $32,882 $38,476  $71,358

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 for spring that ranges from $50 – $500 depending on the student’s state of residence. The transportation allowance for fall 2020 has been removed due to Pitzer’s move to online learning.

Room & Board

The room & board budget for fall 2020 is based on living at home with family. This budget takes into account the family’s increased food and utility expenses for having the student at home. The spring room & board budget is based on living in the residence halls with a 16-meal plan.

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 enrolled Pitzer students are required to have health insurance. Students are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) through Pitzer, but may waive out if they can provide proof of comparable coverage.  Please visit the SHIP website for additional details, requirements and updates due to Pitzer’s move to online learning. You may also contact Katie Tewell – – with any SHIP questions.

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

The cost of SHIP for the 2020-2021 academic 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.