Tuition & Fees

Shoals Marine Laboratory is committed to making our courses affordable for all!
  Two out of three Shoals Marine Laboratory students received financial assistance last year!
  Every student who qualifies for need-based assistance receives an SML scholarship.
•  Financial support includes merit-based, need-based, and multi-course scholarships... and more!

Tuition & Fees

Tuition (per credit) $1,460.00
Room & Board (per night) * $192.00
SML Lab Fee (per course) ** $312.00

* Room & Board includes all meals and dorm accommodations on-island. Students will share a room with 1-3 classmates. Please note, this is a “per night” not a “per day” rate.

** Lab Fee includes round trip transportation aboard SML’s research vessels between the SML dock in Portsmouth, NH and Appledore Island. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to/from Portsmouth, NH on the first and last dates of the course. For more details, visit our “Getting to Shoals” page. 


Tuition (per credit) $580.00
Room & Board (per night) * $192.00
SML Lab Fee (per course) ** $312.00
UNH Registration Fee (one-time fee) $20.00
UNH Technology Fee (one-time fee) *** credit dependent

* Room & Board includes all meals and dorm accommodations on-island. Students will share a room with 1-3 classmates. Please note, this is a “per night” not a “per day” rate.

** Lab Fee includes round trip transportation aboard SML’s research vessels between the SML dock in Portsmouth, NH and Appledore Island. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to/from Portsmouth, NH on the first and last dates of the course. For more details, visit our “Getting to Shoals” page. 

*** Technology Fee of $26.00 is for 1-4 credits, $51.25 for 5-11 credits, and $102.50 for 12 credits and above. See UNH's Tuition Page for more details.


Most undergraduates from other institutitons choose to enroll and receive course credit through the University of New Hampshire (UNH) as non-matriculated summer sessions students. Students from other institutions may elect to enroll through Cornell University (different rates apply). You should familiarize yourself with the credit transfer process at your school when making this decision.

Tuition (per credit) $955.00
Room & Board (per night) * $192.00
SML Lab Fee (per course) ** $312.00
UNH Registration Fee (one-time fee) $20.00
UNH Technology Fee (one-time fee) *** credit dependent

* Room & Board includes all meals and dorm accommodations on-island. Students will share a room with 1-3 classmates. Please note, this is a “per night” not a “per day” rate.

** Lab Fee includes round trip transportation aboard SML’s research vessels between the SML dock in Portsmouth, NH and Appledore Island. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to/from Portsmouth, NH on the first and last dates of the course. For more details, visit our “Getting to Shoals” page. 

*** Technology Fee of $26.00 is for 1-4 credits, $51.25 for 5-11 credits, and $102.50 for 12 credits and above. See UNH's Tuition Page for more details.


High school students enroll and receive course credit through Cornell University.

Tuition (per credit) $1,460.00
Room & Board (per night) * $192.00
SML Lab Fee (per course) ** $312.00

* Room & Board includes all meals and dorm accommodations on-island. Students will share a room with 1-3 classmates. Please note, this is a “per night” not a “per day” rate.

** Lab Fee includes round trip transportation aboard SML’s research vessels between the SML dock in Portsmouth, NH and Appledore Island. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to/from Portsmouth, NH on the first and last dates of the course. For more details, visit our “Getting to Shoals” page. 


Multi-course Scholarships

SML offers automatic scholarships to students who enroll in multple SML courses in the same summer. All students pay standard Tuition and Fees for their first course (listed in the table above). For additional courses:

Second Course Scholarship $500.00
Third Course Scholarship $1,000.00
Fourth Course Scholarship $1,500.00

Questions? Email shoals.lab@unh.edu.


Refund Policy

Course deposits, room & board, and fees are nonrefundable. Your tuition refund amount will be determined by the number of days from the start of the course that you withdraw. 

Refund schedule (days since program start date):

  • Days 1–3: 100% tuition refund
  • Days 4–5: 50% tuition refund
  • Day 6 or later: 0% refund

To withdraw from an SML course:

  • Cornell and High School students must notify the SCE Registrar's Office and SML (shoals.lab@unh.edu) in writing.
    If you want to appeal the refund schedule based on special circumstances, please download and complete the petition form and submit it to B20 Day Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853. The form will be reviewed by committee, and you will be notified if your appeal is approved.
     
  • UNH and Other Undergraduate students must email the UNH Registrar’s Office (registrars.office@unh.edu) and SML (shoals.lab@unh.edu). Include your UNH ID and your course number. UNH students should use their official Wildcat email when contacting the Registrar's Office.
    If you want to appeal the refund schedule based on special circumstances, please download and complete the petition form.