Fees and Payment Information

All tuition and fees are in U.S. dollars.

Application Fee

A $35.00 application fee must accompany the application form. The application fee is refundable if the applicant is not accepted to the Institute or if the applicant requests a refund within three days after submitting the application fee and cancels his or her application.

Enrollment Fee

Upon acceptance into a degree program, a $150.00 enrollment fee must be paid to confirm enrollment. If a student cancels his or her enrollment, he or she may request a refund of the enrollment fee within three days after signing the enrollment agreement and making an initial payment.

Tuition Fee Payment

Please see the payment schedule in the Student Enrollment Agreement for dates and amounts due. The payment of tuition and all associated fees is the sole responsibility and obligation of the registering student. Tuition increases will be announced six months before taking effect.

Washington State Residency Policy

As of July 1, 2003, Washington State law changed the definition of "resident student." The law makes certain students, including international students, eligible for resident student status - and eligible to pay resident tuition rates - when they attend public colleges and universities in this state. Although DigiPen Institute of Technology is a private college, it will honor this law under the same terms and conditions. Please note that the law does not make students eligible to receive need-based state or federal financial aid. To qualify for resident status, students must meet the following conditions and complete an affidavit/declaration/certification form found at www.hecb.wa.gov/research/issues/documents/ResidencyCertForm1079May2008.pdf.

  1. Resided  in Washington State  for three years immediately prior to receiving a high school diploma, and completed the full senior year at a Washington high school; or
  2. Completed the equivalent of a high school diploma and resided in Washington State for the three years immediately before receiving the equivalent of the diploma; or
  3. Continuously resided in the State since earning the high school diploma or its equivalent.

Students must submit the original copy of the completed affidavit to the Admissions Office or the Registrar's Office to which they are applying or attending. Faxed or emailed forms, or forms without an original signature, are not acceptable.

On April 1, 2009, DigiPen began accepting the Washington affidavit form, and the effect of the affidavit will begin September 1, 2009. This means that the affidavit will affect all tuition payable beginning September 1, 2009.

Late Registration Fee

Students are responsible for registering for courses and re-registering for courses that need to be retaken each semester by the posted date. All late class registrations will cost an additional $100.00 to cover administrative fees.

Books & Supplies

Estimated cost for textbooks and supplies is $1,000.00 per year. This cost is not included as a part of the tuition.


On-campus parking is available for $240.00 per academic year. Please see the Administration Office for details regarding parking applications.

Administrative Fee

This fee covers a limited number of transcript requests, add/drop requests, and enrollment verifications. This fee is $40.00 per semester for all students.

Technology Fee

This fee covers paper and toner for the student-use printers and maintenance costs associated with the upkeep of the equipment. This fee is $40.00 per semester for all students.

Graduation Fee

This $100.00 fee covers the cost of the graduation ceremony and processing of the graduation application and degree audit. This fee must accompany the graduation application.

Cap-and-Gown Fee

Students attending the graduation ceremony are required to pay $25.00 for their cap and gown. This is in addition to the Graduation Fee.

Transfer and Waiver Fees

Course transfers and waivers are processed at $25.00 per credit. Waiver exams will cost $100.00.

Transcript Fee

Official transcripts are processed at $5 per transcript.  Unofficial transcripts are processed at $3 per transcript.

Replacement Diploma Fee

Replacement diploma requests are processed at $20 per diploma.

Course Fees

Some courses may require lab or material fees. Please refer to course descriptions on course registration forms.

Additional Courses

Students registered in an undergraduate degree program at DigiPen may register for graduate-level classes. Tuition for these credits will be assessed at the undergraduate rate.

Note: Please refer to the Master in Science in Computer Science degree program section for more information about transfer credits at the graduate level.


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