Tuition and finance for the 2020–21 academic year

Tuition pricing and CARES Act emergency relief funding

Learn about changes to the comprehensive fee for 2020-2021 academic year, current rates, the College’s refund policy, and how we distributed emergency relief funds through the CARES Act.


To sustain our transformative liberal arts education, our comprehensive fee for all enrolled full-time students, including those who choose to attend remotely, will increase by 3.75 percent. Students attending remotely will not pay room and board.

Cost Item
$58,500 Tuition
$7,490 Regular Room (Double)
$6,470 USA Meal Plan (Unlimited Servo Access)
$72,460 Total Comprehensive Fee

Note: Room and meal-plan rates may vary for continuing students due to differences in housing and meal-plan choices.

We understand that families may be experiencing financial hardships during this time. Our Financial Aid Office is prepared to work with families to understand their individual circumstances.

Financial aid awards for returning students will be sent in late July. All students will be billed in late July with a payment due date of August 14.

Questions regarding bills or payment deadlines can be directed to Student Accounts. Questions related to financial aid and scholarship awards can be directed to the Financial Aid Office.

Decision to increase tuition and fees

We understand that the type of personalized academic experience we offer represents a significant investment for our families. We also recognize the disruption caused by COVID-19 to family circumstances and we are working one-on-one with our Gettysburg families to actively support them. The pandemic and economic crisis has resulted in fundamental changes across the American landscape. For Gettysburg College, this means that we are expending substantially more in financial aid than was budgeted. For context, nearly 1 of every 3 dollars we spend as an institution is on financial aid; this now must increase. We are also absorbing considerably more expenditures to provide the many safety measures a return to campus in a COVID-19 environment demands. These unforeseen expenses, coupled with the cost of providing a high-quality and student-centered education, contribute in part to this year’s increase in tuition and fees.

Refund policy

In a circumstance where the College would need to pivot to remote learning during the fall 2020 semester, we would credit student accounts for a portion of their room and board charges, on a pro-rata basis, as we did during the spring 2020 semester. For example, when our students transitioned to remote learning last March—the midpoint of the spring semester—the College issued credit to their student account for 50 percent of the semester cost of their housing and meal plans. The same principles would apply during the 2020-2021 academic year.

On the curricular side, our faculty have proactively developed their courses with the understanding that a move to remote learning—at any point during the academic year—remains a possibility, given the ongoing threat of COVID-19. Equipped with the knowledge gained from the spring 2020 semester, our College will be ready for a quick and robust transition to virtual instruction, if this scenario comes to fruition. Gettysburg College remains committed to providing an education that is as academically rigorous and student-centered within a virtual environment as our community has come to expect on our physical campus.

CARES Act grants

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was passed by Congress and signed into law in March, provides Gettysburg College with higher education emergency relief funding. The College has signed and returned a certification and agreement to participate in the CARES Act emergency relief funding provided by the Department of Education in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. As part of this agreement, Gettysburg College will distribute at least 50 percent of this funding to students via emergency relief grants for a total amount of at least $828,017. As of Wednesday, July 15 the College had distributed the entire amount of $828,017 to eligible students who requested funds.

As required by the CARES Act, the College has provided more information regarding the calculation of emergency grants and the process used to distribute funds.