College Fees, 2014-15

Sweet Briar College has an endowment of approximately $ 93 million, the income from which supplements the student fees to meet the College’s operating costs. Additional financial support continues to be provided by gifts from alumnae and friends of Sweet Briar. Below are links to the contents of this section.

Payment of Tuition, Room, Board, Fees, and Other Costs and Charges
Schedule of Payments
Payments Due
Refund Policy
Tuition Refund Insurance
Applied Music Fee
Books and Academic Supplies
Health Center
Student Life Fund
Room Damage Deposit
Vehicle Registration
Late Payment Charge
Student Accident and Sickness Plan
Payment Plans
Riding Program Fees


Payment of Tuition, Room, Board, Fees, and Other Costs and Charges

All amounts due for tuition, room, board, fees and other costs and charges must be paid as and when due, and each student is responsible for timely payment. All statements are mailed to the student’s home address. Student accounts can also be viewed online.

The College also holds the parents and/or guardians of the student responsible for the full and prompt payment of all tuition, room, board, fees, and other costs and charges, jointly and severally with the student. Arrangements for borrowing funds are between the student and/or parents/guardians and the lending institutions. Any amounts not paid to the College by lending institutions or third parties on the due date must be remitted by the student and/or parents/guardians on the scheduled dates. You are urged to make any necessary financial arrangements well in advance of the dates on which amounts are due the College.

No student will be permitted to attend the College unless her tuition, room, board, and fees are paid in advance. All financial obligations for tuition, room, board, fees, and other costs and charges of a student to all departments or enterprises of the College must be satisfied in full before she will be permitted to receive transcripts, to receive a diploma, or register for or enter classes in any succeeding term. The College reserves the right to change its tuition, room, board, fees, and other costs and charges at the end of any term. This Catalog statement is considered sufficient notice of the time and terms of payment. Statements are sent, however, as reminders, for the convenience of students before each payment is due.


Schedule of Payments

Resident Student Fees

- Tuition $34,460

- Room and board $12,160 (Single room and Green Village additional.)

- Facility fee $200


Payments Due

Reservation fee $500

This non-refundable fee will be credited on the first-term fees and is due on May 1 for new first-year students, and later per notice for new advanced-standing students.


Re-enrollment fee $200

This fee will be credited on the first-term fees and is refundable only if the student is declared by the Committee on Eligibility to be academically ineligible to return. It is due March 15 for returning students.


Due by August 1 $23,410

Due by January 2 $23,410


Day Student Fees

Tuition (full academic year) $34,460

Facility fee $200

Reservation fee $50

Fall term due by August 1 $17,230

Spring term due by January 5 $17,230


Part-Time Student Fees*

Regular part-time $960 per credit hour

Amherst County High School honors students $307 per course

Amherst County teachers $307 per credit hour


Auditing Fees*

Age 64 or younger $73 per credit hour

Age 65 or older $37 per credit hour


Summer Credit Fees*

Independent studies $250 per credit hour


Overload Fee*

Overload fee $450 per credit hour


* Fees are paid at the time of registration. Our semester fees are based upon each student taking an average of 15 hours for credit per semester. However, the student may take as many as 19 credits with no additional fee. Any credits in excess of 19 will be billed at $450 per credit hour. These fees will be added in the third week of classes and will be due upon receipt of the next statement.


Payment of Amounts Due

All amounts due must be paid promptly at the times specified. Checks should be made payable to Sweet Briar College and sent to the Business Office.


Refund Policy

Students are enrolled at Sweet Briar College for the full academic session. However their tuition will be billed on a semester basis.


Students who withdraw before a semester begins will be given a full refund of all tuition, room, and board charges less the room reservation deposit. The withdrawal date is established by the date of receipt by the Dean of the College of written notice of intent to withdraw. For purposes of calculating refunds, a school week is defined as beginning on Monday and ending on the following Sunday. All refund calculations take into account any charges that are unpaid at the time. Charges for student health insurance, tuition refund insurance, student life fee, applied music fee, special fees, and riding program fees are not included in the refund policy calculations. Refund requests must be made in writing to the College Business Office.


If withdrawal occurs

- Within the first or second week of a semester: 90% reduction of tuition, room, and board

- Within the third or fourth week of a semester: 50% reduction of tuition, room, and board

- Within the fifth to eighth week of a semester: 25% reduction of tuition, room, and board

- After the eighth week of the semester: no reduction of fees.


Federal law requires the return of unearned federal aid funds to their respective programs when a student withdraws from the College before completing 60 percent of any semester for which she received such aid. “Unearned” funds mean the amount that would have been used to cover the student’s charges for the portion of the semester she was not enrolled, according to a federally prescribed formula. If, as a result of the return of these funds, an unpaid balance is left on the student’s bill, she or her family is responsible for paying it. No refund will be given to any student who is suspended or expelled from the College for disciplinary reasons.


Tuition Refund Insurance

The College has made available tuition refund insurance through A.W.G. Dewar, Inc. of Boston. This insurance is optional. However, a waiver card must be returned indicating choice. Contact the Business Office for details.


Applied Music Fee

Music Department facilities for practice are available for use by students registered for credit or non-credit music courses in the Department of Music and students preparing applied music placement auditions or other departmental auditions (with permission of the Music Department). An applied music fee of $450 per semester per class will be charged to the student.


Books and Academic Supplies

These may be purchased at the Book Shop. The cost for any year will vary with the courses elected but in general ranges up to $500.


Health Center

The student will be charged for any laboratory studies or medications ordered.


Student Life Fund

This charge covers the annual dues of various student organizations and supports other student enterprises. By vote of the student body, a fee of $275 is paid annually by every resident student. Non-resident students pay $225. This fee will be billed on the tuition statement, and is due August 1.


Room Damage Deposit

Each student must make a room damage deposit of $75 by August 1. This deposit will be used to pay for any damage to College property beyond normal wear and tear, and for violations of room decorating regulations. If there are no damages or violations of decorating regulations and the room is left in the same clean condition as when it was first occupied, the room deposit will be refunded.


Vehicle Registration

Non-residential, residential, and day students with vehicles on campus are assessed a registration (parking) fee for the academic year:

Parking permit $100


Late Payment Charge

Fees, charges, and account balances for monies owed the College for which no specific due date is mentioned in this policy statement shall be due and payable within 30 days after the date of billing by the College. A late payment fee of 1.5 percent per month will be charged on the unpaid balance of any amounts not received by the due dates indicated in this policy statement.


Payment Plans

As a convenience to our parents and guardians, Sweet Briar has arranged with Key Education Resource to handle requests for deferred payment under their plans. In addition, the College has instituted two installment payment plans that allow payments of the comprehensive fee in equal installments over the academic year. These plans are with the Tuition Management Systems (800-356-8329) and Tuition Pay (800-635-0120).


Riding Program Fees

Students who elect to participate in the Riding Program may purchase blocks of rides on College-owned horses for which there is a charge by the term. The blocks of rides offer the student an option as to the number of rides taken per week. Each block includes two lessons per week with the remaining rides taken independently. Entry-level riders may participate by taking RDPR 162, a quarter course. This course includes eight rides with instruction for an administrative fee of $100.

A student may receive permission to bring her own horse to Sweet Briar if she agrees to support the program’s rules and regulations, if she demonstrates adequate riding ability, and if the horse is found to be suited to the program. Application forms for this purpose may be obtained from the Riding Program webpage. The College does reserve the right to refuse to accept or continue to keep in the stable any privately owned horse. Rates for horse usage and private horse board are as follows:


Rides and fees per semester*

28, $560

30, $610

40, $860

50, $1110

60, $1360

70, $1610


  • Rides in excess of the above contracted rates are $25 per ride.


Board for privately owned horses*

Board, $900 per month

*Shoeing and Veterinary service is not included.