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Tuition and Costs

Basic expenses for the 2019-2020 academic year at Hillsdale are as follows:



Board (Knorr Family Dining Room)

General Student Usage Fee

Technology Fee

Student Center and HESC Fee


*Tuition includes both Fall and Spring semesters with a course load of 12-17 credits.


The tuition expense for each additional credit hour over 17 hours is $760; for fewer than 12 credit hours, the charge is $1,080 per credit hour.

Room Charge

The room charge is based on double occupancy. The additional charge for a single room is $290 per semester upon availability. The additional expense for a double room requested for single use will be one-and-one-half times the usual double room rate. The additional cost for a suite room is $760 per semester.

Meal Plans

There are six meal plan choices available to students. Two of these plans provide a fixed number of meals per week. Four of these plans include “Liberty Bucks,” a credit that can be used at any on-campus food service.

Name Meals Allowed Liberty Bucks/Semester Cost/Semester
All inclusive 19/week $25 $2,875
15 meal plan 15/week -0- $2,655
Block 200 200/semester $200 $2,875
Block 150 150/semester $75 $2,655

The following meal plans are only available to off-campus and Suite residents:

Name Meals Allowed Liberty Bucks/Semester Cost/Semester
10 Meal Plan 10/week -0- $1,970
Block 100 100/semester $25 $1,970

A student may change from one meal plan to the other only until August 29, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. for the fall semester, and January 16, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. for the spring semester.

General Fees

The general student service fee of $158 paid at the beginning of each semester includes dues to the Student Federation and and makes available a subscription to the Collegian, the weekly student newspaper; the Winona, the College yearbook; a subscription to Tower Light, the literary magazine; recreational sports; admission to athletic events; access to Health Service; identification card; laundry service; and graduation cap and gown.

The computer fee of $123 per semester is to support general student computer services.

The general facilities fee of $358 per semester is a building usage fee that includes the Knorr Memorial Student Center, the Grewcock Student Union, the Health Education and Sports Complex, the Margot V. Biermann Athletic Center, and other general campus buildings.

In addition, each new student pays a fee of $25 to help defray the cost of orientation. Students transferring from another institution are included.

Exceptions to fees above are:

  • members of the Hillsdale College staff
  • any student carrying fewer than seven hours
  • WHIP students
  • current high school students attending college part time

The College must necessarily reserve the right to make changes in costs without notice as circumstances may require.

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