Tuition & Fees

All fees are subject to change and are effective July 1 of each year.

Summary of 2021-2022 Fees

All fees are subject to annual change by July 1 of each year

Application*                                                                                                     $35

Tuition (per credit)                                                                                         $600

Audit (per class, plus fees)                                                                         $350/$100 for degree program graduates

New Student Enrollment Fee/Deposit*                                            $150, $50 if paid before June 15

Registration (per Session)*                                                                      $125

 Technology (per Session)*                                                                      $100

Common Meal (per Full Semester; residential only)                  $130

Common Meal (per Intensive)                                                                 $20

Occasional (per year)*                                                                                 $35

Late Registration (per session)*                                                            $50

Transcript (each)*                                                                                          $7-$20

M.A. Continuing Research                                                                        $200

Graduation                                                                                                         $100

Earlham Health Services (per visit, medications additional) $25-35

* indicates a non-refundable fee


Application Fee

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 2020-21 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. New Occasional students receive a 50% tuition discount on their first introductory course. 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.

Occasional Student Fee

Occasional Students pay a $35/year Occasional Student Fee to remain active as a student, whether they take a class each semester or not. If the yearly fee isn't paid, student must reapply to the Occasional Student program or pay missed fees before taking classes.

New Student Enrollment Fee/Deposit

Newly Admitted Students pay this fee to confirm their acceptance to ESR. The fee is $150, discounted to $50 if they pay by June 15, and will be applied to the students account, to be reimbursed upon graduation. This fee is non-refundable if all classes are dropped or student leaves ESR before they are graduated.

Audit Fee

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).

Registration Fee

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.

Technology Fee

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. Fees may change by July 1 of each year.

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.

Transcript 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.

Graduation Fee

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.

Medical Insurance

ESR students may enroll in the Health Insurance provided to Earlham College students. The fee is aprox. $1025/year.