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Program Fees

The cost for fellows to attend DCSI is:
  • A $250 spring course fee
  • A program fee based on your residency
    • In State: $3,500
    • Out of State: $5,000

So, for an In State student in 2022, the total cost of the above (without the optional housing) is $3,750. For an Out of State student, it is $5,250.

If you choose to live in DC housing provided by the W&M Washington Center during the DC Summer Institutes, there is the additional non-refundable cost of $4,000 for a double room or $7,000 for a single room (pending availability).

Dropping/Withdrawing from the Institutes

*PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: 

1.) The spring 1-credit course is a required part of the DC Summer Institutes.  Students who wish to drop the 1-credit spring class have until the drop deadline date at 11:59pm to do so. If students drop by this deadline, the class fee charge will be removed, but students will forfeit their previously paid $1,500 in deposits for DCSI. Students who drop after the drop deadline date at 11:59pm will still be responsible for all tuition, fees and housing charges. No refunds will be provided, no charges removed after the drop date at 11:59pm. The drop and withdraw deadlines are as follows:

Drop and withdraw deadlines for each Institute.
Institute Drop Deadline Withdraw Deadline
American Politics TBD TBD
Leadership & Community Engagement TBD TBD
Foreign Policy TBD TBD

Students who drop the spring course will be removed from the DC Summer Institutes.

2.) Students who wish to drop the two summer courses have until the drop deadlines on TBD (for the two week course) and TBD (for the 10 week internship course) at 11:59pm to do so. If students drop by these deadlines, the tuition charges will be removed, but students will forfeit their previously paid in $1,500 deposits. Students who drop after the TBD and June 10 at 11:59pm deadlines will still be responsible for all tuition and housing charges. No refunds will be provided, no charges removed after TBD and TBD at 11:59pm. TBD (for the two week course) and TBD (for the 10 week internship course) is the last day to withdraw from the course.

  • In order to drop from the DC Summer Institutes, you will need to send an email from your W&M account to [[ktwilson,TYLER WILSON, PROGRAM COORDINATOR]] by 11:59pm on:
    • Drop deadline (see above) for the spring 1-credit course
    • TBD for the two week course
    • TBD for the 10 week internship course

No other communication will be considered a formal drop request.  

In order to withdraw your DC Summer Institutes courses, you will need to send an email from your W&M account to [[ktwilson, TYLER WILSON, PROGRAM COORDINATOR]]  by 11:59pm on:

  • Withdraw deadline (see above) for the spring 1-credit course
  • TBD for the two week course
  • TBD for the 10 week internship course

You will then receive a grade of “W.”  No other communication will be considered a formal drop request.

How fellows are billed:

Upon acceptance to the DC Summer Institutes, fellows will receive an invoice for a non-refundable $500 program deposit (which will later be applied toward your summer bill).

  • The $500 invoice is due:
    • November 30 (Fall Cycle students)
    • January 24 (Winter Cycle students) 

In February, housing invoices go out for any DCSI student wishing to live in W&M housing in DC.

  • A non-refundable deposit of $1,800 is due on March 15.

On March 1, a second non-refundable deposit for $1,000 is due (which will later be applied toward your summer bill).  

After paying the second deposit, students will be registered for the two summer courses, and the following will be billed on their May W&M Student Accounts eStatement and is due June 1.

  • Remainder of the program fee:
    • In State: $2,000
    • Out of State: $3,500
  • Non-refundable one-time registration fee of $25
  • Non-refundable one-time comprehensive fee of $55
  • IF APPLICABLE: Remainder of the non-refundable housing charges of $2,200/$5,200 
Financial Aid

Currently enrolled and matriculated W&M students can take out student loans, private loans, or their parents can take out a PLUS Loan, to cover the cost of DC Summer Institutes. Students must complete a FAFSA form to apply for loans. Students must also complete a Summer Aid Application. For questions regarding this process, please [[gjanderson,contact Ginia Anderson]] at the W&M Financial Aid office.

Day to Day Costs in DC

The average cost per student will vary; however, most students report spending roughly $70 per week on "groceries and other necessities".

What your Tuition and Fees Will Cover

In addition to the academic credit you’ll receive from the College for completing the DC Summer Institutes, your tuition and fees cover:

  • Faculty and staff salaries
  • Staff support during your internship search and throughout the summer
Veterans Education Benefits

Students planning to use veterans education benefits (GI Bill®) should be aware that the Department of Veterans Services has determined that courses at William & Mary's D.C. campus are ineligible.