Financial Information
2014 Summer Sessions at Vanderbilt
Summer Sessions

Actual costs of a summer at Vanderbilt vary depending on the student’s course load and financial resources as well as on basic costs. Total costs include tuition, fees, books, housing, and food


All summer fees will be formally established by the Board of Trust in early May.

May Session

Tuition for May Session is charged at the regular summer session rate.

Summer Session

Arts and Science, Blair, Engineering, and Peabody Undergraduates

Students can enroll for 15 to 18 credit hours for $20,970. Tuition for hours fewer than 15 or more than 18 is charged at the rate of approx. $1,398 per hour.

Division of Unclassified Studies

Division of Unclassified Studies Summer Tuition Charges

School of Engineering

Tuition for Master of Engineering students is approx. $1,747 per hour.

Graduate School

Graduate students are charged approx. $1,747 per hour. The minimum charge for students in residence not registered for hourly credit is $200.

Peabody College

Summer tuition is $1,341 per hour for post-baccalaureate professional and special students.

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Special Fees

Application fee for other students (including DUS)
(not for Graduate School or Peabody): $50.00
Activities and recreation fee: Approx. $73
Special examination: $5.00
One time transcript fee (all new students): $30.00

* As stated in the student handbook the activity and recreation fees are mandatory fees for all students. The fees are not linked to usage of the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center facility or to participation in activities on the campus. These are mandatory fees that are part of registration. Students enrolled for a summer term are assessed an activity and recreation fee of $73(approx). There is no waiver of the summer activities and recreation fees.

In addition to the above-referenced fees, students enrolled in individual or group lessons at Blair are charged an instruction fee for the lesson. Music fees are not refundable if the course is dropped after the Change Period. Instruction fees are subject to change without notice. Those fees will be set in early May and are posted in the Schedule of Courses.

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Payment of Tuition and Fees

Rates for tuition and fees are set annually by the Board of Trust and are subject to change without notice. Tuition, fees, and all other University charges must be paid no later than the first day of classes. In the event of nonpayment, students may be excluded from classes and other University activities.

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VU Faculty/Staff Dependent Tuition Discount

Dependent students of Vanderbilt staff or faculty can enroll in 3 to 15 credit hours during Summer Session and pay half the cost of the regular Summer Session tuition for all undergraduate courses offered on campus. This is a 50% discount, and the tuition discount applies only to on-campus summer courses; it does not apply to housing, off-campus or abroad summer courses, books, Blair music fees, or any other non-tuition expenses.

This offering of summer session tuition discount would be distinct and independent from the much-acclaimed Tuition Benefit administered by HR. It has no bearing on the eight-semester rule, waiting period, or the 24-semester family limit. The Summer Sessions Tuition Discount for Dependents form must be submitted to HR Processing by April 14, 2014 in order to be considered for Summer 2014.

Students who are not regular Vanderbilt students will enroll through the Division of Unclassified Studies as a "transient" student and will have to meet DUS enrollment standards. Summer session courses would be available first to current Vanderbilt students, and then to these DUS students on a first-come, first-enrolled basis. April 18th is the deadline for DUS applications for May Session 2014; May 23rd for the 1st session and full session; and June 27th for the 2nd session.


Rules and Regulations for VU dependents:

Do you have to be part of the HR tuition benefit program? No, but the student must be validated as a qualified dependent by the Vanderbilt HR Office before April 16th. See the Vanderbilt HR Office web site for this process. This discount only applies to those students who are qualified dependents of full-time faculty and staff employees of Vanderbilt. “Qualified” means that they are within the IRS guidelines for being considered dependent children. Full-time employment status means that the staff member has completed at least the 90-day probationary period and is scheduled to work at least 30 hours per week.

Must the dependent be enrolled in or accepted to college either at Vanderbilt or elsewhere? Yes, this discount applies to all qualified dependent children of full-time faculty and staff who are already attending Vanderbilt or who have been accepted by DUS as "transient" students. This does not apply to "pre-freshmen" or "adult learners" who have been admitted to DUS.

» Summer Sessions Tuition Discount for Dependents form PDF

» DUS Application for Faculty/Staff Dependent PDF

Who are the contacts for this tuition discount?

Consult the Vanderbilt Human Resources web site for the form to initiate this process. Vanderbilt students should contact their school registrars to register for courses. Non-Vanderbilt students should contact the Division of Unclassified Studies to register and apply for courses.

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Refund Policy

Students who withdraw from the University for any reason after the beginning of a term may be entitled to a partial refund in accordance with a schedule available from the Office of Student Accounts, 100 Baker Building, and from the Registrar of each school. For details on the refund schedule, consult:

Blair music fees are non-refundable after June 9th.

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Official academic transcripts are supplied by the University Registrar. Transcripts will not be released for students with financial or other University holds. Students can order transcripts via YES. For further information, please see

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Identification Cards

The Commodore Card is the student ID card. Students can use this one card to access debit spending accounts and campus buildings including residence halls, libraries, academic buildings, and the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center.

Entering students will be issued the Commodore Card at the Commodore Card Office, 184 Sarratt Student Center, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Returning students who have lost their Commodore Cards may obtain replacements during the hours listed above for a $20 fee.

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Financial Aid

The Office of Student Financial Aid will accept applications for financial assistance for summer study. A student will be considered for need-based grant assistance if the student is required by his or her school to attend summer school or will be able to graduate early by attending. Institutional loan funds may be available on a limited basis.
Vanderbilt students may receive additional information at the Office of Student Financial Aid, 2309 West End Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee 37203. Telephone: (615) 322-3591.

Beginning April 1, students may apply online for summer assistance at The priority deadline to apply for summer financial aid is May 1. Visiting or transient students are not eligible to receive Vanderbilt institutional assistance administered by the Office of Student Financial Aid. DUS students do not qualify for financial aid from Vanderbilt.

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