2020-2021 Tuition and Fees

Tuition, room and board and other student account charges are due each semester, for all students including those who have received permission to return late according to the schedule below: 

Fall Semester Statements Due: August 15
Spring Semester Statements Due: January 15

All tuition and fees are due in full according to the due dates above unless enrolled in a payment plan.

Registration for subsequent semesters will not be permitted if payments are not up-to-date.

Late payments and returned payments may incur additional fees.

Tuition and Fees 2020 - 2021
Full-time per academic year
(3 – 4.5 credits per semester)






Tuition $24,460 $24,460 $48,920
Activity fee - $159 $159

General fee




Health Center fee




Recreation and Fitness fee




Subtotal $24,660 $24,911 $49,571
On-Campus Resident Charges  
          Standard Room Rate* - $2,965 $2,965
          Board (all meal plans) - $3,040 $3,040
Subtotal - $6,005 $6,005
Total Tuition and Charges $24,660 $30,916 $55,576

On Campus Meal Plans & Flex Dollars*

Meal Plans Fall Semester (Meal) Spring Semester (Meal) Year Semester (Flex)
          20 Meal Plan N/A $3,040 $3,040 $215
          15 Meal Plan N/A $3,040 $3,040 $530
          10 Meal Plan N/A $3,040 $3,040 $980

*Prices subject to change

Commuter Meal Plans*

Meal Plan                                                  Total Cost (Semester)
          50 Meal Block Plan           $460
          25 Meal Block Plan           $240

Commuter Meal Plans may be purchased at the Lake Forest Dining website here.
*Prices subject to change

Other Tuition Charges

Part-time per academic year (1 - 2 credits per semester)    
          Tuition Per Course (exam credit included)   $6,115
          Tuition per course   $600
Course Overload Tuition (for more than 4 1/2 credits)    
          Per half-course credit   $3,058
          Per quarter-course credit   $1,530
Community Education    
          Tuition per course   $6,115
Degree Candidacy Pending Student    
          Tuition per course   $3,390
          Billing deposit   $200
Dual High School Enrollment    
          Tuition per course   $3,390
Master of Arts in Teaching    
          Tuition per course   $3,724
Post Graduate Teaching Option    
          Tuition per course   $3,724
Masters of Liberal Studies    
          Tuition per course   $2,772
          Billing deposit   $200

Additional Costs

Student Health Insurance (mandatory unless a waiver is completed and accepted by September 09, 2020) 
          Full-year (12 months) $1,875
          Second semester only (Jan - Aug: Spring-semester-only students)  $1,215
Orientation Fee $200
Senior Dues $100
Music Lessons (per hour) $58

Description of Fees


A $500 deposit is required of all new students. Of this amount, $200 will be refundable only after the student withdraws or graduates from the College, net any outstanding debts owed to the College. $300 will be applied toward the student’s account. If the student does not enroll in courses, the $500 is forfeited.

Course Overload Charge

Students who are registered for an on-campus course load in excess of 4.5 credits in a given semester will be charged for the additional credits or fractions of credits.

Students enrolled in Music 107, 108, 109, and 110 will be exempt from the quarter credit overload charge, if approved by the Music Department.

Students who received Dean’s List distinction at Lake Forest College during the previous year may take one extra course during the following year without charge, subject to certain limitations. 

Activity Fee
The College collects an activity fee of $159 per semester assessed by the student government for its use. All resident and nonresident undergraduate students are charged the activity fee, which is mandatory and nonrefundable.
Health Center Fee
On-campus health services are provided for all resident and nonresident undergraduate students in a degree program, excluding Degree Candidacy Pending students. The $167 per semester fee is mandatory and non-refundable.
Recreation and Fitness Fee

The Recreation Fee is a mandatory, non-refundable fee of $125 per semester that is charged to all Lake Forest College students.

Financial Policies

Normal Course Load

A normal, full-time course load for undergraduate students is four courses, but any combination of courses ranging from 3 to 4.5 credits is regarded as full-time and the regular full-time tuition applies. There are no refunds for course load changes within this range of credits. Any reduction below three credits must be approved by the Office of Student Affairs.

Undergraduate students registering for fewer than three credits per term with the permission of the Office of Student Affairs will be charged at the per-course rate. The per-course rate will also apply for special students who are not degree candidates or whose degree candidacy is pending for fewer than three credits. 

Interest Charges, Late Fees, and Collection Costs

Accounts not paid in full by the due date will be assessed a late fee of $100.00. The College reserves the right to cancel the registration for students whose accounts are not paid in full or on time. All payment arrangements will be subject to a payment plan fee.

Delinquent accounts will be assessed a late fee each month of $25.00. Unpaid balances may be turned over to a collection agency and subject to collection costs of up to 30% as permitted by law. 

More Information

Click here for more information regarding our financial policies. 

Direct & Indirect Costs

Business Office


North Hall, Room 103
Phone: 847-735-5030
Mailing address: 555 N. Sheridan Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045

Business Office Hours

Academic year: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Summer: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Cashier Hours

Academic Year: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Summer: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Closed on Fridays