Tuition and Fees

Pilchuck wishes to thank its generous donors who make it possible for students to attend by covering nearly half of the cost of what it takes to run our programs.



With thanks to generous donors, Pilchuck is waiving the application fee for 2020 programs and residencies. The deadline to apply for scholarships has now passed (deadline: February 1, 2020). Student applications will be accepted until courses are filled. 

Learn more about how to apply, tuition details, and more here


Program fees cover instruction, dormitory housing, meals, and basic supplies. Utility fees offset the cost of energy used in studios; they are indicated by A, B, or C at the end of the course description. An upgrade to cottage housing is optional and carries an additional fee. 

All fees are to be paid in U.S. funds by money order, check, credit card, or wire transfer. If you choose to pay by wire transfer, you will be responsible for paying any additional bank fees. A 3% credit card processing fee will be added for all credit and debit card payments toward course fees (this does not apply to application fees). 

A = US $1,790 | Pre-Session, Fall 1, and Fall 2 (6 days)

B = US $2,270 | Session 3 (8 days)

C = US $800 | Youth Camp add-on in Session 3 (8 days)

D = US $3,230 | Sessions 1, 5, and 6 (12 days)

E = US $4,670 | Sessions 2 and 4 (18 days)

Cottage Housing Upgrade Fee (optional and subject to availability): 
Cottage Housing is an upgrade available for an additional fee, consisting of two double-occupancy rooms and a bathroom shared by the four residents. Cottages offer more space, greater privacy, and closer proximity to studios. Requests may exceed availability, and placement is not guaranteed.

US $300 per session


For students, a non-refundable US $500 deposit is required within three (3) weeks of notification to hold your place in a course. The US $500 deposit will be applied to your total course fees; you will be sent a statement showing your remaining balance due May 1. If you register after May 1, your total fees will be due at the time of confirmation. 

Payment plans are available for students who cannot meet the May 1 payment deadline. With a payment plan, the deposit is paid and a schedule is created to break the remaining cost down into smaller payments. In general, courses later in the summer have more flexible payment plans. Full program fees are due no later than three weeks prior to the start of class. If a payment plan is arranged, failure to follow the set payment schedule will jeopardize your place in the course. For more information about payment plans, email the registrar at


All cancellations must be submitted in writing to the registrar at

UPDATE 03-11-2020:

We have amended our enrollment and refund policies - extend deadlines and relaxing our cancellation policies to allow for flexibility in your planning. Read the amended policy here.


If you cancel your enrollment thirty days before the first day of class, you will receive a refund of total fees, excluding the non-refundable deposit of US $500. No refund will be made if you cancel less than thirty days before the first day of class or if you drop out of class during the session.

If a course does not meet the minimum for enrollment 30 days before the start of the session, students will be notified and offered another class or a full refund.

Pilchuck Glass School is not responsible for non-refundable airline tickets. Pilchuck reserves the right to cancel the enrollment of any student if, in the opinion of school administrators, the student’s behavior is dangerous or unacceptable in a residential school community.