Tuition & Fees
All fees are subject to change and are effective July 1 of each year.
The Admissions Application fee is $35.
Tuition is charged on a per credit hour basis, for all students and all classes. Most classes are 3 credits and the recommended maximum full-time class load for residential students is 27 credits per year. Tuition for the 2019-20 academic year is $600 per credit, $1,800 for a 3-credit class, or $16,200 for a full-time load of 27 credits. While the exact number of courses per semester will vary for both residential and Access students depending on course availability and life circumstances, we generally recommend a courseload of 9-12 credits per semester to make good progress toward degree completion. Students should regularly consult with their faculty advisor regarding academic progress. Except in cases of exceptional need, Need-based Aid covers up to 50% of tuition for degree-seeking students, and up to 25% for certificate students. Need-based Aid is available to all degree-seeking students taking a minimum of six credits per session (3 credits for certificate students) who have not been awarded any other full-tuition scholarship. Need is calculated from information provided by the student on their FAFSA and Financial Aid Application.
The audit fee is $350 per course, plus $100 Technology fee, and $35 application fee (also serves as "Occasional Student fee") for new students and for ESR alumni who have not earned an ESR degree. The audit fee for ESR degree program graduates is $100 per course, plus Tech fee and Occasional Student fee. Current students can audit one course per semester free of charge; if they don't use their free audit their spouse may use the audit (form for spousal audit).
All students pay a registration fee of $125 per session. Once a student registers for a class, this fee is non-refundable, even if the student drops all the classes. A portion of this fee goes to the Student Meeting for Business to subsidize funding of student-sponsored activities. The remainder covers administrative costs associated with creating and maintaining student accounts. New students pay this fee for their first semester or intensive when submitting their Admission Confirmation form.
All students pay a technology fee of $100 per session, which contributes to the provision of network services and other technological resources vital to the success of ESR’s programs. This fee is also non-refundable, even if all classes are dropped.
Common Meal Fee
An important community event at ESR is the weekly Common Meal, which is held during both 2-week Intensives and full-semester classes. Students attending full-semester classes on campus are charged $130 per semester. Students attending Intensives are charged $20 per Intensive. Those with extenuating circumstances that prevent attendance or eating at Common Meal, such as special dietary restrictions, may request an exemption from the Business Manager.
Occasional Student Fee
Students enrolled as Occasional students pay a $35 annual continuation fee, which maintains a student’s active status, even while not taking classes. Occasional students who pay the annual fee do not have to re-apply for admission after initial acceptance into the program. They receive an annual listing of course offerings and other events at ESR.
Late Registration Fee
Returning degree-seeking students who don’t register during the announced open registration period are charged a late registration fee of $50 per session. This also applies to students who register late due to a financial hold on their billing account. The enrollment period for returning students can be found on the Academic Services calendar. New and Occasional students may register anytime between open registration and the last Add Date and are not subject to this fee.
$7 per transcript (3-5 business days); One day fax service: $7; Next day service: $20. Request a transcript.
M.A. Continuing Research Fee
M.A. students who have completed the required courses, who are not enrolled for classes or thesis credit, and who continue working with ESR faculty on their thesis are charged a Continuing Research Fee of $200 per session. This fee covers the costs of community activities, library privileges, and consultation with faculty.
Clinical Pastoral Education Fee
Students wishing to receive academic credit for their participation in a Clinical Pastoral Education program are charged the regular tuition rate for the number of credit hours received. The institution at which the student will participate in the CPE program will also charge the student a fee. ESR will pay the CPE fee directly to the institution. There must be at least a $100 margin to cover service costs at ESR. Otherwise, in addition to the student’s tuition, there will be a charge sufficient to provide the $100. Click here for information on requesting a CPE fees payment from ESR.
All students expecting to graduate are billed a $100 fee in their final session of course work to cover administrative expenses.
Health Care Fee
Earlham Health Services is located in Earlham Hall on the College campus. There is a Health Services Fee of $25-$35 per visit, plus a charge for medications. Details are sent to new students before arriving on campus.
Due to provisions of the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) that were enacted as of January 1, 2014, ESR is no longer able to find an insurance company that provides low-cost coverage to our students. We suggest you obtain health insurance in one of the following ways: State or Federal insurance exchanges, Medicaid, your parents’ insurance (if you are 26 or less), your or your spouse’s employer, or private insurance.
Summary of 2019-2020 Fees
All fees are subject to annual change
* indicates a non-refundable fee