Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance (COA), also known as the student’s budget, is used to determine aid eligibility. The COA includes the direct cost for tuition and fees, an allowance for housing & meals, books & supplies and personal expenses.

Below is the cost of attendance for the 2022-23 academic year.

Cost On Campus
(residence halls/CCA)
Off Campus
At Home
(with family)
Tuition $60,282 $60,282 $60,282
Fees $296 $296 $296
Housing & Meals $19,854 $14,996 $9,360
Books & Supplies $1,100 $1,100 $1,100
Personal Expenses* $1,300 $1,300 $1,300
Total $82,832 $77,974 $72,338

*Personal expenses includes the average Federal Direct Loan origination fee experienced by borrowers in the 2022-23 academic year.

Billing Information

The Student Accounts Office is responsible for billing. Fall 2022 bills will be available through CASHNet starting the week of August 1 (with payment due by August 20). Students on aid who submitted all documents on-time will see ‘estimated financial assistance’ listed at the bottom of their pdf billing statement (not on their account activity).

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. Visit their website for 22-23 costs.

Housing & Meals

A student’s housing status impacts the housing & meals budget used to determine their financial aid eligibility. These budgets are based on in-person instruction. Visit Housing & Meals Budgets on our website for additional details about the different housing & meals budgets. The on-campus housing & meals cost is based on the universal room rate and the 16 meal-plan.

Travel Allowance

In addition to the above costs, all domestic student budgets include a yearly transportation allowance that ranges from $100 – $1,000 (or $50 – $500/semester) depending on the student’s state of residence. In addition, students who reside off campus or at home receive an additional $450/year (or $225/semester) to assist with commuting costs to and from Pitzer.

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.


Domestic 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, if necessary, to cover the cost of a laptop. All loan funds are paid to the student’s Pitzer account balance 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 that comprehensively covers them in the State of California and Nationwide. 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. You may also contact Katie Tewell – [email protected] – with any SHIP questions.

The health insurance cost is not part of the standard student’s budget. Students who cannot waive out of SHIP should contact the Office of Financial Aid to discuss the options available to them for meeting this cost.

The estimated cost of SHIP for the 2022-23 academic year is $2,868. For more information regarding the health insurance, visit Student Health Insurance Plan or contact Katie Tewell – [email protected].


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.