Frequently Asked Questions

What is Suits for Scholars? 

What sizes are available?

What if my size is not available?

How will I know the suit fits?

How do I make a reservation?

Where and when can I pick up my suit?

Where and when do I drop off my suit?

Do I have to dry clean borrowed items before I return them?

What if I return an item that hasn't been dry cleaned, or for which I have lost or wasn't given a receipt?

Can I reserve more than one suit at a time?

What happens if I can't return my items on time?

What do I do if I stain the suit or rip a hem?

What happens if the suit is stained or damaged when I get it?

What do I do if I lose a suit?

I don't need the suit anymore; what should I do?

What is Suits for Scholars?

Suits for Scholars (SFS) is the Cohen Career Center's professional attire borrowing program for current undergraduate, graduate Arts and Sciences, and Master of Accounting students. A variety of suits, dress shirts, and other professional attire is available to rent through the program. SFS attire has been made available to students through generous donations from alumni, faculty, staff, and current students and parents in the William and Mary community. Back to FAQs

What sizes are available?

Women's sizes range from 2 to 16, with both pant and skirt suits available. Men's sizes range from 30 to 46 in both jackets and suit pants. Browse our closet galleries to check for your size and style.  Back to FAQs

What if my size is not available?

The availability of your size is based on time of request and inventory. We have approximately 1-2 suits in sizes across the men's and women's ranges. Reservation of items is first come, first served. It is possible that your size may be checked out by another student at the time of request. Further, the SFS inventory comprises donated items, so number of sizes varies depending on the items we receive. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that at the time of your request, your size will be available. However, we will make our best effort to meet your needs based on what is available when we receive your request. Back to FAQs

How will I know if the suit fits?

Once your reservation is confirmed, you will have the opportunity to try on your reserved items when you come to the Career Center to pick them up. Back to FAQs

How do I make a reservation?

Reservations are made through an online policy agreement and request form. No reservations will be taken over the phone or at the front desk. Back to FAQs

Where and when can I pick up my suit?

Your pick up time will be specified in a confirmation email after your request form is processed. All pick ups will occur during regular business hours at the Cohen Career Center, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Back to FAQs

Where and when do I drop off my suit?

A return date will be specified in your confirmation email after your request form is processed. You may drop your suit off at the Career Center front desk. A front desk attendant must process your return. All borrowed items must be returned in dry cleaner bags with the dry cleaner reciept attached. Back to FAQs

Do I have to dry clean the borrowed items before I return them?

Yes. Every item in our inventory has been dry cleaned, and all users must dry clean items before returning them. There is no rental fee associated with the SFS program, but all borrowed items must be returned in a dry cleaner bag with attached receipt by the specified return date. We recommend using Master Cleaners (1012 Richmond Road), the closest dry cleaner to campus, though you are welcome to use any dry cleaner convenient for you. Suits cost approximately $12-15 to dry clean, and can take between 1-4 business days to be processed. Your assigned return date takes this timeframe into consideration. Please factor the cost and time for cleaning into your plans when you make your reservation. Back to FAQs

What if I return an item that hasn't been dry cleaned, or for which I have lost or wasn't given a receipt?

Any borrowed item that is returned without a receipt from the dry cleaner, or uncleaned, is subject to a cleaning fee of $25 per item. Fees will be charged directly to your student account. Back to FAQs

Can I reserve more than one suit at a time?

No. We have a limited inventory of available suits and sizes. Students are limited to one suit per transaction. Back to FAQs

What happens if I can't return my suit on time?

Please notify the [[csga01,program coordinator]] if you know you will not be able to make your return deadline. Exceptions for challenging or unexpected circumstances may be granted on a case by case basis, but in general, late returns will result in a $25 per day late fee for the inconvenience to other students who may be waiting for loaned items. Late fees are charged directly to your student account. Back to FAQs

What do I do if I stain the suit or rip the hem?

When you complete the online policy agreement and request form, you give your consent that the items borrowed will be returned in the same condition at the time of check out. If the suit you borrow is stained or damaged beyond cleaning or repair, a replacement fee will be charged directly to your student account. Suits that are returned stained and/or odorous are also subject to a cleaning fee. Please note the following replacement fees for each item:

  • Suit: $200
  • Blazer: $100
  • Pants: $50
  • Dress shirt: $50
  • Tie or other accessory: $30                    Back to FAQs
What happens if the suit is stained or damaged when I get it?

All SFS items are examined by Career Center staff upon donation and when returned. When you pick up your items, you and the Career Center staff member should examine them prior to leaving the Career Center for any defects or issues. If you notice a stain, tear, or other damage to the suit when you pick it up, notify a Career Center staff member before you leave. Otherwise, you may incur a charge for the damage. Back to FAQs

What do I do if I lose a suit?

All attire in the SFS inventory is property of the College of William and Mary. The replacement fee for a lost suit or one damaged beyond repair during the borrowing period is $200. Back to FAQs

I don't need the suit anymore. What should I do?

If you no longer need the suit, contact [[csga01,us]] immediately to cancel your reservation. Doing so will make the item available to other students who may need it. Back to FAQs