2020–2021 Tuition Revision Notification

Dear families,

The Harvey Mudd College Board of Trustees voted during its most recent meeting to revise the College’s 2020–2021 tuition amount that was previously communicated to families. As a reminder, the board generally considers tuition amounts for the upcoming academic year during the January meeting, and those amounts are finalized during the board’s May meeting.

The board felt strongly that in light of the financial hardships faced by many families due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the College should not implement the anticipated 3.11% increase for tuition, fees, room and board, and should instead leave these amounts at their 2019–2020 levels. I would also like to thank our ASHMC student leadership for agreeing to hold the Student Body Fee flat for the upcoming academic year as well.

The annual charge for tuition, student body fee, and room and board in 2020-2021 will be $77,339, broken out as follows:

Item Amount
Tuition $58,359
Student Body Fee (ASHMC) $301
Room $10,234
Board (16 meal plan) $8,445
Total $77,339

Tuition has been set regardless of the mode of instruction and will not be refunded in the event that instruction occurs remotely for any part of the academic year. Students receiving need-based financial aid will have their awards adjusted accordingly. For those families of students in the Class of 2024 who have already received financial aid packages using the previous tuition amount, over the summer you will receive a revised financial aid package from the Office of Financial Aid. In addition to the items included above, incoming first-year and transfer students are charged an Orientation fee, which is included when calculating your financial aid package. Families of returning students will receive financial aid packages over the summer that reflect the revised costs.

I know many of you are wondering about our plans for the fall semester. As mentioned in the board’s May 20 memo to our community, the College’s leadership has been asked to develop plans around a possible in-person fall semester. We have been working diligently on planning in partnership with the other undergraduate colleges in Claremont, focusing on ensuring the safety of all members of our community while still delivering the outstanding educational experience Harvey Mudd College is known for providing. The board will make a final decision later this summer in conjunction with guidance from the State of California and Los Angeles County Public Health officials. We will continue to share information via the College’s COVID-19 Information site.

Despite the challenging times we are facing, a Harvey Mudd College education continues to be one of the highest-ranked and most sought-after in the country, and much of that excellence derives from our amazing students. Now, more than ever, the world needs the thoughtful and well-rounded scientists and engineers that Harvey Mudd produces. We are very grateful for the trust you demonstrate in allowing us to educate your child. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns.


Maria M. Klawe