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Cost & Fees

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Cost Information for Oak Ridge Science Semester (ORSS)

  • If you are a student at an ACM or GLCA institution, the program educational cost that ACM charges students and their college for the Oak Ridge Science Semester 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 ORSS. 

Applying for an ACM program is free. Educational costs for the ORSS 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* $24,500 $23,275 $19,500
Program Fee** $4,900 $4,900 $4,900
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 Oak Ridge Science Semester personal expenses webpage for a sample budget and estimated costs of commonly purchased items in Knoxville/Oak Ridge.


* 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. Students are responsible for their transportation to and from Oak Ridge/Knoxville, TN.
*** 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 Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Students participating in the ACM ORSS receive a stipend for their internship. The stipend in 2021-2022 was $9,600, subject to available funding. This stipend is paid over regular intervals throughout the semester. The stipend is considered income and is taxable. The stipend for 2022-2023 has not yet been determined.

Please click here for additional information on the ORSS internships.

Additional Information

This webpage was updated on August 16, 2021.