• Registration and Fees


    Credit: $7,440 for 6 credits. Academic records are maintained and transcripts are available for credit students.

    Noncredit: $4,657. Please note that permanent academic records are not kept and transcripts are not available for noncredit students.

    Full payment of tuition and fees is required at the time of registration. Housing charges are separate; go to the Housing page for information and application. Registration fees may apply.

    Financial Aid

    If you are matriculated in an undergraduate degree program at The New School, contact Student Financial Services to see if you are eligible for financial aid for the Summer Writers Colony. If you are visiting from another college or university, contact the financial aid office of your home institution.

    Registration Policies

    Enrollment is on a first come, first served basis; registrations are processed in the order in which they are received. Once you have registered, you must notify the Creative Writing Program of your three salon choices by emailing summerwriters@newschool.edu or calling 212.229.5611. Early registration is advised, as both workshops and salons fill up and enrollment limits will not be overridden. Tuition and registration fee must be paid in full when you register. (See information on withdrawal and refund policy below.)

    If you need advisement or help with registration, contact the Creative Writing Program at summerwriters@newschool.edu or 212.229.5611.

    Please note that matriculated students in any degree program of The New School who wish to apply the Summer Writers Colony toward their degree requirements must obtain permission from an academic advisor before registering.

    How to Register for the Summer Writers Colony

    First select a workshop from the three classes below. After you've registered for your workshop, choose one literary salon for each week and email your choices to summerwriters@newschool.edu.

    Fiction, Section A - Noncredit, General Credit
    Sharon Mesmer

    Nonfiction, Section B - Noncredit, General Credit
    Madge McKeithen

    Multi-genre, Section C - Noncredit, General Credit
    John Reed

    To register online, use either the Noncredit or the General Credit link next to the course title to sign up for your workshop. Online registration requires a credit card.

    You can also register in person at the Registrar's Office.

    The New School Office of the Registrar
    72 Fifth Avenue (Map), lower level
    New York, NY 10011

    Phone: 212.229.5720
    Fax: 212.229.5648

    Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
    Friday, 10:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

    See the academic calendar for university closing dates. If you are registering in person, you can pay by credit card, check, or money order.

    Other Useful Information

    Standards of Conduct

    The New School publishes complete institutional information on the university's website, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, financial assistance information, tuition and fees, academic policies, disability services, completion and transfer-out rates, and equal opportunity policies.

    The New School maintains high standards of academic conduct, and all members of the university community are expected to exhibit honesty and integrity in their academic work. The University Code of Conduct, the Policy on Academic Dishonesty, and policies on Free Exchange of Ideas and Freedom of Artistic Expression, Discrimination and Sexual Harassment, Alcohol and Illegal Drugs, Smoking, and University-Wide Disciplinary Procedures have been adopted by the New School board of trustees. These policies can be found in the Information for Students section of the New School website.

    Grades and Requests for Transcripts

    Academic and attendance requirements for the Summer Writers Colony are stated clearly in the course syllabus distributed on the first day of classes. Students are responsible for understanding and fulfilling all the requirements.

    Grades are reported by the workshop instructor to the New School Registrar within two weeks after the course ends. Once grades are posted, you can view your grades online at my.newschool.edu. The New School does not automatically mail grade reports to students. Requests for transcripts must be made in writing by submitting the Transcript Request form to the New School Registrar. The form can be found in the Registrar's section of the university's website, or you can call or visit the Registrar's Office to obtain the form. There is no charge for normal transcript services.

    Note for Noncredit Students

    The New School does not maintain academic records for noncredit students, no grades are assigned, and transcripts are not available. Students who require an academic record for the Summer Writers Colony must enroll for credit.

  • Transferring Credits

    The New School is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE, 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104; 216.284.5000). MSCHE is a regional accreditor and federally recognized body. The New School has been accredited by MSCHE since 1960. All degree programs at the New York City campus of The New School are registered by the New York State Department of Education (NYSED, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12234; 518.474.1551). Both NYSED and MSCHE provide assurance to students, parents, and all stakeholders that The New School meets clear quality standards for educational and financial performance.

    Transfer of New School credits for a particular course is entirely at the discretion of the receiving institution. If you are enrolled or plan to enroll at another college or university and anticipate transferring Summer Writers Colony credits to that institution, you are advised to consult a qualified advisor there before you register at The New School.

  • Withdrawal Policy

    Matriculated New School students who wish to withdraw from the colony should contact their academic advisors for guidance and instructions.

    Continuing Education students and non-matriculated credit students who wish to withdraw from the colony should contact Laura Cronk in the Creative Writing Program by email at cronkl@newschool.edu or by phone at 212-229-5611. Refunds are awarded based on the following schedule:

    November 15-June 5: 100% refund
    June 6-June 12: 60% refund
    June 13-June 24: 0% refund

    For more information contact the Registrar or view general registration policy information.

    Refunds for Canceled Courses

    In the unlikely event that your course is canceled, you will be notified by telephone or email and given the option of transferring to an open course or receiving a full refund of tuition and fees (including registration and housing fees). The New School reserves the right to cancel courses because of insufficient enrollment or other exigencies.

    Student ID Card

    Students enrolled in the Summer Writers Colony need a New School student ID card (Newcard). We recommend that you obtain your ID in the morning on the first day of classes. You must present your official registration Statement/Schedule (issued by the cashier upon completion of registration) to the photo ID clerk.

    The New School Campus Card Services office is located at 72 Fifth Avenue (at 13th Street) on the lower level. Photo ID hours are 9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays; 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays; and 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. on Fridays. 

    International Students

    The New School is authorized to enroll non-immigrant alien students. International students with I-94 status need to check with the appropriate office at the U.S. institution where they are or have been enrolled to ascertain that enrolling in the Summer Writers Colony will not violate the terms of their I-94 status.

    International students who intend to participate in the Summer Writers Colony directly after arrival from another country must contact the Office of International Student Services at The New School before making arrangements to come to the United States. Email iss@newschool.edu or call 212.229.5592.


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