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For full-time undergraduate students, 2021-2022 tuition is $16,500 per semester, or $33,000 per year. With additional fees and expenses, the total cost of attendance for an incoming freshman is estimated to be $46,605 per year.

Item Cost
Tuition $33,000
New Student Experience Fee - Incoming Freshman  $330
New Student Experience - Transfer Student $295
Fees $475

Room & Board 
**subject to change

Books & Supplies $1,200
Personal & Miscellaneous $1,500
Transportation Allowance $700
Total Cost of Education - Incoming Freshman $48,025
Total Cost of Education - Transfer Student $47,990


  • Overload charges of $479 per credit apply for each credit over 18 in the Fall, Winter, and Spring terms.
  • The New Student Experience Fee is a one-time charge during your first semester enrolled and helps cover the costs of our unique orientation and First-Year Experience programs.
  • Fees include an Academic Service Fee of $25 and the Associated Students of The College of Idaho (ASCI) Student Fee of $375.
  • Room & Board is based on an average room rate of $4,900 and Meal Plan B at $5,922.
  • Total Cost of Education does not include course-specific fees or student health insurance (waived with proof of existing coverage).

Additional Cost Information

Most of our students can use the guide above to understand their costs for college. For other types of students, like non-degree seekers, or for details like fees, financing and refunds we've prepared additional information.

Can I Afford The College of Idaho?

Good question! Yes, we think so. But more importantly we think it’s worth it — worth your time and investment. Through our innovative PEAK Curriculum you'll earn a major and three minors in four years across the four academic Peaks. This empowers you to pursue your passions while developing the breadth and depth of knowledge you'll need for lifelong success, no matter how your field changes or where your career takes you.

And to help answer the question, here are some statistics that help prove families from different income levels find it possible.

Household Income (2016) # of Students
Less than $30,000


$30,000–$48,000 130+
$48,000–$75,000 100+
$75,000–$110,000 140+
$110,000 and greater 130+
Deposits, Fees and Insurance

Admitted Student Matriculation Deposit

After you've been accepted to The College of Idaho you must pay a $300 matriculation deposit before enrolling. This deposit reserves your place in the course and housing assignment processes; the sooner you deposit the better chance you have of being assigned to your preferred courses and residence hall. This one-time, non-refundable deposit only applies to new students. If you're not sure that the College is right for you you do not have to submit your deposit right away. Remember, though, that you may not have your favorite classes or dorm without a deposit, and you cannot enroll at all without paying your deposit.

Student Fees and Additional Costs

Fees are non-refundable after the first week of class. Not every fee applies to every student and situation. Your student account statement and Self Service financial information list any applicable fees.

Fee Type Amount
Academic Service Fee Per semester $25
New Student Experience Fee - Freshman One time $330
New Student Experience Fee - Transfer One time $295
ASCI Student Fee Per year $375
Payment Plan Enrollment Fee - Annual plans One time $80
Payment Plan Enrollment Fee - Term plans One time $55
Parking Fee - Residence Hall lots Per year $105
Parking Fee - General lots Per year $80
Returned Check/Non-sufficient Funds Fee Per occurrence $25
Health Service Fee Per year $50

Student Health Insurance

The College of Idaho requires all full-time students to carry medical health insurance. A fee for student health insurance is included in fees collected by the Business Office unless the student can show proof of comparable coverage through their parent’s policy, a spouse’s coverage, or through employment.  Students will be responsible for either waiving coverage or enrolling in coverage by the end of the first week of classes attended.  Students failing to take action by the stated deadline will be automatically enrolled in and billed for insurance. The cost of the plan is payable on the first semester's bill. Approved waivers will result in student health insurance fees being removed from the student's account and funds refunded if applicable.

Health insurance premiums are $2,430 for the 2021-2022 plan year.

Course-specific Fees

Some classes require additional fees for equipment or materials. These course fees are non-refundable. Some fees may not be listed but are disclosed on your student account statement in Self Service.

Subject Amount
Science Lab Fee - Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics $85
Software Fee - PSY-312 $55
Art Fee $100
Theatre Fee $95
Physical Education Activity Fee Varies
Private Music Lesson, one-half credit, one-half hour weekly lesson $78
Private Music Lesson, one credit, one hour weekly lesson $155


Part-Time Enrollment Cost Per Credit

Part-time students are all students enrolled for 11 or fewer credits per semester. Part-time costs per credit vary based on age, educational degree attained, and program.

Part-Time General Student Costs

  • Part-time students under age 25 and without a Bachelor's degree pay $1,330 per credit
  • Part-time students over age 25 or with a Bachelor's degree pay $655 per credit
  • Any age with an undergraduate degree pays $620 per credit.
  • All Summer term courses, excluding Education special and graduate courses, are $455 per credit
  • All part-time students pay a $25 Academic Service Fee per semester

The reduced rate of $655 per credit does not apply to internships, independent study, music lessons, practice teaching or any other course where individual attention is the primary means of instruction.

Financial Arrangements and Payment Options

The College makes payment information available upon enrollment. Terms and options for payment have been designed to make paying for college straightforward, ensuring students can focus on classes instead of bills.

Online Student Financial Accounts

Registered students can view financial account information online in Self Service. Students can view real-time account balances, charges, payments and statements. They can also make payments online by credit card or e-check.  Tuition payments are due August 15 for Fall and December 15 for Spring.

Payment Terms and Conditions

Payment is due by August 15 for Fall term and by December 15 for Spring term. While the Statement of Account in Self Service reflects the most accurate information available, adding or dropping classes after registration, or changing room and board plans, may result in additional charges or credits. Students are responsible for obtaining the information necessary to pay tuition and fees by the due date each term. All students living in campus-owned housing must complete all financial aid documents and pay, or make arrangements to pay, their Fall term balance prior to moving into housing.

Delinquent Accounts

Students having trouble meeting their financial obligations to the College should immediately contact the Student Accounts Receivable Representative in the Business Office. Failure to make payment or arrangements will result in students being subject to the Delinquent Student Account Policy as stated in the Student Handbook. The College reserves the right to withhold transcripts and grades, or suspend the option to add or drop courses, for students with unpaid balances.

Payment Options

  1. Pay the full term balance by the due date. Major credit cards are accepted. Step-by-step instructions on how to make an online payment. We also accept cash or check mail to or dropped off at the Business Office.
  2. Sign up for interest-free monthly payments through our payment plan provider, Nelnet. Nelnet allows students to spread payment over a longer term and simplify paying for college. Nelnet charges a single plan fee of $80 per year or $55 per semester. Applications are available online. The Business Office reserves the right to discontinue or refuse the Nelnet payment plan option to students who have demonstrated poor credit history with the College.     
  3. Obtain additional loan funds through a Parent Plus Loan or a private student loan. Please contact the Financial Aid department at [email protected].

Interest Charges

The College reserves the right to charge interest on all unpaid balances at a rate of 1% per month on accounts over 30 days outstanding. Interest is added to accounts on the 10th of each month. Interest is not charged to accounts enrolled in TMS payment plans.

Tuition Refunds

Institutional Refund Policy

Fall and Spring Terms

For 15-week, full-term courses the following refund policies apply.

  • Withdrawals from all courses before classes start or within the first 10 days of classes are eligible for a full refund of all tuition and course-specific fees.
  • Withdrawals before the 15th day of classes are eligible for a refund of 50% of tuition. Course fees are not refunded.
  • Withdrawals after the 15th day of classes are not eligible for any refund.
  • Housing fees are prorated over the first 15 days of class based on the date the student checks out of College housing. No housing refunds are given after the 15th day of class.
  • Meal plans are prorated based on the number of weeks left in the semester, with Flex Dining dollars spent subtracted from the refund amount.
  • ASCI Student Fees are non-refundable.

Winter Term

Withdrawals from all courses within the first two days of class are eligible for a full refund of all tuition and course-specific fees. Withdrawals after the second day are not eligible for any refund.

Federal Refund Policy

Under the Higher Education Amendments of 1998, withdrawals from all courses on or before the 60% point in time period of the semester, calculated by calendar days, must return a portion of the Title IV funds received. Title IV funds include Pell Grants, SEOG, Perkins Loans, Stafford Loans and PLUS Loans. Workstudy funds are not included in the return calculation. Withdrawn students will receive a copy of the return calculation and an itemized list of returns to the various fund accounts.

The amounts returned to the Federal programs must be applied in the following order, and no return can exceed the amount the student received from that fund.

  1. Federal Unsubsidized Loan
  2. Federal Subsidized Loan
  3. Perkins Loan
  4. PLUS Loan
  5. Pell Grant
  6. SEOG

Student Account Credit Balance Refunds

If financial aid awards create a credit on a student account a refund check will be sent to the student's campus mailbox. A credit balance refund created by a PLUS Loan will be sent to the parent unless prior arrangements have been made with the Business Office to send the refund to the student.