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Summer Session Costs

Find out about tuition, expenses, and refunds on this page.


Summer Session tuition for 2023 is $3,300 per course or $2,300 per internship. Each Lake Forest College course is equivalent to 4.0 semester hours.

Lake Forest College students behind on credits are eligible to take a course at $700. Lake Forest College students and visiting students are also eligible for a need-based financial grant. 

Summer Session high-school student tuition is $3,300 per four-credit course. Summer Merit Scholarships are available in award amounts up to $2,300, bringing tuition for award recipients to $1,000.

Summer Session community student tuition is $2,950 per four-credit course. The auditor rate is $700. Auditing requires instructor approval.

Registration Deposit

Note: a $100 deposit is required for  visiting student and  high-school student course registration, with deadlines for each term.

    • May Term: May 16 - June 9, 2023 (deposit due May 3)
    • June Term: June 12 - July 7, 2023 (deposit due May 30) 
    • July Term: July 10 - August 3, 2023 (deposit due by June 28)

Deposits are refunded if admission is denied or a class is closed or canceled. The remaining tuition balance is due on the first date of each summer term.

Lake Forest College students are not required to make this deposit.

Lake Forest College reserves the right to cancel courses for which there is insufficient enrollment. In some instances, students may have the option to work with an instructor in an independent study or tutorial should a course have insufficient enrollment. 


No-show policy: Students who enroll in summer sessions courses and fail to show up for the course, without officially withdrawing either forfeit their deposit or are charged a $100 processing fee.

Students who withdraw before the start of the course are not charged tuition or a processing fee.

Advance withdrawal with notice policy: Students who attend their selected course and choose to withdraw before the end of the change in registration period (Add/Drop date) will receive a full refund or reversal of their tuition.

Non-lake Forest College students in this situation will also have their $100 registration fee returned.

Withdrawal after add/drop period policy: No refunds will be issued for any students that make a change in registration after 4:30 p.m. on the last day of Add/Drop for each term.