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ACM strives to make off-campus study a great value for students by offering affordable programs that are academically excellent and focused on experiential learning.

The educational cost ACM charges for the Newberry Seminar includes:

  • The academic curriculum
  • Program field trips to museums and historic sites in Chicago
  • Symposiums for researchers and visiting scholars at the Newberry
  • Presentations by Newberry librarians of rare materials from the library's collections
  • Opportunities for paid internships with departments at the Newberry Library.

Cost Information for Newberry Seminar: Research in the Humanities

  • If you are a student at an ACM or GLCA institution, the program educational cost that ACM charges students and their college for the Newberry Seminar is automatically discounted by $5,000.
  • If you are a student at a college that is affiliated with the program, ACM discounts the program educational cost by 5%. See ACM Program Affiliates for a list of colleges affiliated with the Newberry Seminar. 

Applying for an ACM program is free. Educational costs for your semester at the Newberry Library will vary based on your individual financial aid package and your school’s procedures, as schools may charge based on either the cost of the ACM program or the college’s tuition price. Additionally, some schools may assess special fees for off-campus study.

2021-2022 Academic Year

Price       Affiliate Price                                   ACM/GLCA Price                       
Educational Costs* $19,000 $18,050 $14,000
Program Fee** $4,000 $4,000 $4,000
Campus tuition charges and/or fees*** Varies Varies Varies

2022-2023 Academic Year

Price       Affiliate Price                                   ACM/GLCA Price                       
Educational Costs* TBD TBD TBD
Program Fee** TBD TBD TBD
Campus tuition charges and/or fees*** Varies Varies Varies

See the Newberry Seminar personal expenses webpage for a sample budget and estimated costs of commonly purchased items in Chicago.


* Discounts apply to educational costs only. Program-sponsored field trips and excursions are included in the educational costs.
** The program fee covers housing and local transportation. The $50 non-refundable deposit will be applied toward the program fee.
*** Many colleges assess additional fees or charge students full home college tuition instead of the ACM educational costs. This typically relates to expenses for academic support services and the awarding of academic credit and/or financial aid. Please consult your Financial Aid office or Off-Campus Study office for more details about your college's policies, and to find out what you will be charged for the program.

Paid Internships at the Newberry

Newberry Seminar students have the opportunity to work as assistants in various departments at the Newberry Library. These are paid positions and are limited to 10 hours per week maximum, so as not to interfere with seminar and research time. See Internships at the Newberry for a list of positions typically available for Newberry Seminar participants.

Additional Information

This webpage was updated on June 28, 2021.