Costs and Fees


Costs of the Principia College program for the year 2019-2020 are as follows:

Fixed Charges (Tuition, Room, Board, and Fees)

Fixed charges include tuition (up to 18 semester hours of credit per term), Traditional Meal Plan2, and cost of residence on campus during each semester (two per year), academic counseling services, admission to all on-campus athletic events, admission to The Principia Concert and Lecture Series, subscriptions to annual and weekly student publications, and other services. They do not include books, personal expenses, laboratory fees, miscellaneous fees, student activity fees, or the cost of residence on campus between semesters.

Resident Students

  Year Semester
Tuition $29,490 $14,745
Room $5,670 $2,835
Board $6,290 $3,145
$41,450 $20,725

Day Students

  Year Semester
Tuition $29,490 $14,745

This tuition includes all day student charges except meals taken on campus, occasional overnight residence on campus, student activity fees, books, personal expenses, laboratory fees, and miscellaneous fees.

Fees and Personal Expenses

Laboratory and Miscellaneous Fees

These charges, with a few exceptions, are due in full when billed each semester and apply to resident and day students.

Student Fees

(billed to all student master accounts on a term basis)

Student activity fee $350 ($175 per semester)
Athletics fee $150 ($75 per semester)
Technology fee $200 ($100 per semester)

Student Fees (optional)

Parking fee $100 ($50 per semester)

Academic Fees (billed to student accounts as incurred)

Student software and online testing fee $170 (first-time students only)
Independent study/course contract administrative fee $50
Overload tuition fee $983 per semester hour (SH) over 18 SH
Independent study off campus tuition fee $983 per SH
Internship for academic credit tuition fee $983 per SH
Principia Abroad administrative fee $500 per program
Regular audit $100 per course
Credit by examination $100 per course

Laboratory Fees

For lab fees, see the course descriptions. Fees cover overhead for class and not all individual student expenses.

Registrar’s Fees

Late registration fee $25
Late schedule change fee $25
Late graduation application fee $50
Transcript fee $10

Personal Expenses

Expenses for personal items, general school supplies, services, dues, etc., average between $20 and $50 monthly. Students are expected to use cash, check, or credit/ATM card to pay for their school supplies, fees, and other items and services available through the College Store and otherwise. Miscellaneous fees of the kind described above are due at time of purchase. These items may not be charged to the student’s account.

Each semester, all students on a meal plan are given $100 on a Plus Account that can be used in the College Store to make personal purchases.  This Plus Account can also be used in the Student Dining Room and Pub.  Additional points can be purchased with cash or credit card and added to the student’s Plus Account during the semester for a nominal fee.

Textbooks are the biggest personal expense incurred by students and generally average $500 each semester—depending on the courses being taken. Information on course textbooks is available online in the Syllabus Library for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks from any source of their choosing. They should make sure they are ordering the correct title, author, and edition. Books should be in the student’s possession by the first day of classes.

Student Health Insurance Requirement

Principia policy requires that all students attending the College have health insurance coverage. 

Principia College students who are US citizens or permanent residents must demonstrate they are covered by an ACA-approved health insurance plan.  If unable to obtain coverage through a parent’s insurance plan or the Health Insurance Marketplace, Principia College has identified a student health insurance plan which may be purchased to meet this requirement. Students who do not provide proof of ACA-approved health insurance by August 6 will be automatically enrolled in and billed for this plan.

Principia College international students must demonstrate they are covered by a health insurance plan that is valid in the US and has a national network of health care providers.  Principia's International Student Programs and Services Office (ISPSO) can provide information on insurance plan options and is available to assist international students in enrolling in the plan of their choice.

For more information on the College's student health requirement, including deadlines for demonstrating coverage and details and costs of the default insurance plan please contact the Admissions Office.