The tuition charge for the 2008–2009 academic year at Harvey Mudd College is $36,402. (Students enrolled in 10 or more units are charged full tuition. Those in less than 10 are charged pro rata.) The tuition charged is less than half the actual cost of the student’s education. The college bears the additional expense through gifts from alumni and friends. In effect, every student receives a partial scholarship. On the basis of recent experience, tuition can be expected to increase each year due to increasing costs. However, the college has been very successful in assisting students who need financial aid through its extensive program of scholarships, loans and employment opportunities.
Every admitted student who plans to enter is required to remit a non-refundable enrollment deposit of $300 by the date prescribed in the acceptance letter. It is imperative that students planning to attend the college submit the deposit to the Office of Admission by the deadline. Confirmation of final admission is contingent upon this deposit. Following acceptance of admission, first-year students are also required to submit a $150 room reservation deposit. This deposit will assure students of a room assignment in a dormitory on campus. A room reservation deposit is required in the spring of each succeeding year the student plans to live on campus. (See "Housing Deposit" under General Regulations.)
Room and Board
The 2008-2009 charge for a campus room is $6,290. Board charges for the year are $5,681 for 16 meals a week plus $16 "Board Plus" per week (full board). Other board plans available are $4,759 for 12 meals a week plus $12 "Board Plus" per week, and $3,409 for eight meals a week plus $8 "Board Plus" per week. The cost of living off campus is generally similar to on-campus charges.
Dues and Fees
Dues set by the Associated Students of Harvey Mudd College are $233 per year. A fee of $20 per semester is charged to every student who operates a motor vehicle of any sort on the campus.
Listed below are the total college expenses for the 2008-2009 academic year:
Room Rent $6,290
Board (16 meals) $5,681
Student Body Fee $233
It is projected that overall expenses will increase between 4 and 6 percent each academic year. The college reserves the right to change these, or any other fees, at any time. Entering freshmen and transfer students will be charged an additional $100 orientation fee.
Additional expenses for a year at Harvey Mudd College also includes the cost of books and supplies, clothing, transportation, recreation and incidentals. The cost of books and supplies averages $800 per year. Personal expenses will vary but are approximately $900 per year. An allowance toward transportation expenses should be added for students outside the Southern California region only.
Monthly Payment Plan
Payment of all regular charges is due prior to the beginning of each semester per the due date on the Harvey Mudd College billing statement. However, annual charges may be paid in ten monthly installments. The first installment is due in July and the final installment is due the following April. Applications for the monthly payment plan are mailed to all students in June and there is a service charge of $10 per month ($50 per semester). Use of the monthly payment plan is a privilege that may be revoked for cause.