Understanding the Bill

Fees that are required as part of the application and acceptance processes are noted as such and will be charged by the High School Summer College office. Parking permits, P.O. Box fees, and books and supplies are paid for at point of sale and will not appear on the University bill or charged by the High School Summer College office. University related expenses and fees will be billed by Stanford’s Student Financial Services Center using the methods in place for matriculated students. Students who have received a Stanford ID number prior to May 18 may receive their first University bill on May 20, delivered electronically via the Axess system.

Program Fees and Expenses

Application Fee

Most programs have a $85 nonrefundable application fee, payable via credit card. Students who qualify for the Stanford Horizon Scholars program are not required to pay an application fee. No other application fee waivers are granted. Payment is made to the High School Summer College office during the application process and will not appear on the University Bill.

Program Fee

High School Summer College students pay a non-refundable program fee that covers the cost of program-related outings and activities. The fee is a mandatory $650 expense for students in the residential program, a $300 expense for students in the commuter program, and a $75 expense for students in the online program. Payment is made to the High School Summer College office during the acceptance process and will not appear on the University Bill.

Visa Processing Fee

International students for whom Stanford generates or transfers sponsorship of an I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for the Nonimmigrant F-1 Student Visa) will be required to pay a non-refundable visa processing fee of $125. This fee will be payable online as part of the acceptance process. Payment is made to the High School Summer College office during the acceptance process and will not appear on the University Bill.


Tuition is the cost associated with enrolling in courses and is billed to students by the Student Financial Services department. Tuition is based on unit enrollment, in which each course has a different unit requirement. Additional information regarding unit requirements is included under Course Management in the section Selecting Courses.


Housing costs are set for the High School Summer College residential program. All residential students are required to apply for housing via Axess after they have received a Stanford ID number and SUNet ID. Most students will enroll in an 8 week contract, however the length of the contract may vary depending on the length of your courses. Please visit the Stanford Residential & Dining website for more information

Meal Plan

Dining plans are required for most students living in on campus housing during the Summer Quarter. The system defaults to 14 meals/week, but options are available to increase your meal plan to 19 meals/week and may be selected within Axess. Dining costs vary depending on length of stay and type of housing. For current updates, please visit the Stanford Dining website.

Campus Health Services Fee

All registered students are required to pay a quarterly fee to cover the costs of services provided by Stanford’s Vaden Health Center. Students in our programs are eligible to receive services at Vaden, which include:  primary care medical services, counseling and psychological services, and health and wellness programs. This fee is required for all students, regardless of whether or not you enroll in Stanford Cardinal Care or have private insurance. Visit the Vaden website for more information.

Document Fee

A one-time fee of $125 is charged to all students, except students who are returning to Stanford and have previously paid the Document Fee. The fee offsets the cost of maintaining student records, processing transcript requests, and other registration-related services.

Technology Fee

All residential students pay this $67 fee, which covers the costs of telephone and internet service in the residence. Telephones are provided for student use; students must bring their own computer for in room use.


Costs listed for books and supplies are merely estimates. Textbooks will need to be purchased by each student at the Stanford bookstore or other retailers and the costs will be determined by the courses in which the student enrolls.

Health Insurance Fee

All students enrolled in courses at Stanford are required to have health insurance. The University will automatically enroll students in Stanford’s Cardinal Care health insurance plan and charge $1,242 for Summer Quarter. Students are able to waive this fee with proof of acceptable alternative coverage.

Avoiding Unnecessary Health Insurance Fees 

Domestic students who have their own health insurance are able to waive Cardinal Care and eliminate the $1,242 insurance charge by providing the University with details regarding their insurance coverage. This step must be completed within Axess, by the student, before the waiver deadline of June 15, 2017. Students must verify with their insurance provider that their coverage extends to service in the San Francisco Bay Area.

International students may also have insurance coverage that will enable them to waive Cardinal Care. Students must arrange for their insurance company to complete the Health Insurance Coverage Certification Form and submit the completed signed document to the Vaden Insurance Office by May 15, 2017. The Vaden Health Center staff will assess whether minimum standards have been met and inform the student regarding their decision. If approved, the waiver will be entered into Axess by Vaden Health Center. If denied, the student will be automatically enrolled in Stanford's Cardinal Care health insurance plan and required to pay the  fee.

For more information about Cardinal Care, visit the Vaden Health Center website. If eligible, students will be able waive their coverage via Axess beginning on April 9, 2017. Since health insurance charges are one of the first items to appear on the University bill, it will be important to verify that the waiver appears as a corresponding credit. The High School Summer College office is not able to waive insurance coverage on a student's behalf. The student must complete the process themselves, via Axess, or by submitting an Insurance Coverage Certification Form.