Tuition Payment

You can submit tuition payments two ways:

Pay Tuition Online

Complete the online payment form (now closed for 2020) to pay tuition online via credit card. We cannot accept credit card payments over the phone.

Pay Tuition via Check

You can send a check to our office for tuition payment. Please include the following information with your payment:

  1. Student’s name
  2. Student’s colleague ID (found at top of application dashboard)

Mail your check to:

Carleton Summer Liberal Arts Institute

1 North College St.

Northfield, MN 55057

Acceptance Documents

All students attending SLAI and their guardians must read the “SLAI Accepted Student Forms 2020” document below, which includes:

  1. Release and Waiver
  2. Code of Conduct
  3. Expectations, Rules, and Regulations
  • SLAI Accepted Student Forms 2020 (303.3KB PDF Document)
    All students must read this document as part of their completion of the pre-arrival Adobe Sign documents.

Policies on Payment and Academics

Attendance Policy

The Summer Liberal Arts Institute (SLAI) is a residential program that requires full-time, daily residence at Carleton College for the duration of the program, including weekends. Only in cases of emergency and with the express approval of the Assistant Director of SLAI will a student be permitted to take time away from the program.

If you have questions regarding the attendance expectations, please call 507-222-4038 or email

Academic Credit

Summer Carls can earn up to six Carleton course credits (typically transfers as three semester credits) for successfully meeting faculty expectations and completing course requirements. In addition to receiving written feedback about course performance from faculty, students will receive one of the following three possible grade designations: satisfactory (S), credit (Cr), or no credit (NC). Formal academic transcripts are available upon request for Summer Carl alumni and will reflect the name of the course and grade earned.

Cancellation Policy

Our cancellation policy applies to all students that have been accepted to a program. If no decision has been emailed, we will refund all fees paid. 

Written withdrawals received by the Summer Liberal Arts Institute office:

  • on or before April 17, 2020 will receive a refund of  all fees paid over and above the $500 non-refundable tuition deposit.
  • between April 18 and May 15, 2020 will receive a refund of 50% of all fees paid over and above the $500 non-refundable tuition deposit.
  • on or after May 16, 2020 will not receive a refund.

All cancellations and refund requests must be submitted in writing to Please allow up to 10 business days for your refund to be processed. Refunds are typically issued in the same form of payment as the original payment.

No refunds or discounts will be given for early departures prior to the end of the program. Any participant who is dismissed from the program due to disciplinary issues or who voluntarily withdraws from their program for any reason, will not receive a refund.

This written cancellation policy is always binding and no verbal communication from SLAI staff can override this policy. 

How to Get Here

By Car:

From Interstate 35, take exit 69 onto Highway 19 going east. At the first stop light (Highway 3), turn left. At the next stop light (Second Street), turn right. Follow second street to College Street, turn left onto College Street. Check in will be outside the Chapel (rain location specified if needed). You may park on the street or in any parking spots designated for visitors or guests.

Students are not permitted to drive motor vehicles while SLAI is in session. Participants bringing motor vehicles will be directed to appropriate long-term parking. Vehicle keys must be turned over to a SLAI staff member and will be kept in a secure location for the duration of the program.

By Air:

For those who are flying, we have booked a shuttle bus to transport students from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport to Carleton College on the Sunday afternoon your program begins, and to the airport from Carleton College on the Friday afternoon your program ends. Students will have the option to opt into this shuttle bus after they are accepted. At the airport, there will be a SLAI staff member stationed at a booth in the baggage claim area where students will gather before boarding the shuttle bus. This staff member will have a phone on hand that the students are encouraged to call if they need help finding the booth.

The shuttle bus for Carleton must depart no later than 3:30 p.m.; PLEASE DO NOT book flights arriving later than 3:00 p.m.!

A note for family flying in with a student: we do not have Uber or Lyft in Rice County, so you will be unable to request a ride back up to the airport from Northfield and will need to plan accordingly. Other transportation options can be found here.

Return trips to the airport on the last day of the program will leave campus at 1:15 p.m. Therefore, PLEASE DO NOT book return flights leaving earlier than 3:30 p.m. on Friday your program ends.

Please check the dates and times of your travel itinerary very carefully. NO ACCOMMODATIONS ON CAMPUS OR TRANSPORTATION ARRANGEMENTS can be made for participants prior to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday their program begins or after 2:00 p.m. on the Friday their program ends.

What to Bring

In general, dress for SLAI is casual summer wear. Shorts and t-shirts will be fine for the classroom. Minnesota weather can be unpredictable. July and August tend to be quite warm (highs in the 80s and 90s), and evenings can cool down quickly. We recommend you bring a light jacket or sweatshirt and jeans or long pants for evening activities. You will be walking to class and to meals, so you may also want to bring comfortable shoes and an umbrella.

The Rec Center and indoor pool facilities are open and available for you to use while you are here. You will also have access to practice rooms should you wish to bring a musical instrument. Our staff has a reputation for creativity when planning water activities on hot afternoons, so we also recommend bringing a swimming suit and sunscreen to take full advantage of the water games. Finally, there will be a talent show during the course of your program; please bring anything you would need to showcase your talent.

The following is not an exhaustive list of what you will need for SLAI, and you should use your best judgement about what you will need to bring. We highly recommend labeling your personal belongings.

Remember to Bring:

  • Photo identification card
  • Notebook/Paper
  • Writing utensils
  • At least one dressier outfit for the program banquet
  • Recreation equipment and/or musical instrument
  • Talent show props
  • Sunscreen
  • Light jacket and/or sweatshirt
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Umbrella
  • Bath towel
  • Toiletries

Things you might like to have (not required):

  • Blanket, sheet set, or pillow from home
    • We supply a basic set for each student, but if you have any personal comforts, it is suggested you bring them.
  • Re-usable water bottle (please label!)
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent/bug spray (strongly encouraged)
  • Alarm clock
  • Personal recreation equipment
  • A little extra spending money
    • Your meals are all included with tuition, however, you may have the opportunity to go downtown for ice cream in the evening, the Carleton bookstore will be open, and you will be leaving campus for at least one field trip.

During the Institute:

Living on Campus

Personal Computers

In the past, students have found it helpful t ohave a laptop while on campus. It is NOT necessary to bring your own computer or printer; students will have access to computers and printers in the public labs on campus.

If you choose to bring your own computer, be sure your computer is in good working order. Carleton does not prvide maintenance to privately owned computers. Technical support for your personal computer will be limited!

Keep in mind that you’ll be sharing a room while at Carleton. Computers should not be used past curfew hours. Professors may prohibit the use of technology in their classroom. Make sure you discuss technology use in the classroom with the faculty member before using your computer in class.


Students will have access to laundry machines and detergent throughout the program, the cost of which is included in program tuition.


Students will be provided with a linen packet containing: sheets, pillow, pillowcase, and blanket. Towels and soap are also included, but both are rather small. We HIGHLY recommend that you bring your own bath towel and soap. Your linens will be exchanged once at the halfway point in the program.


Mail that arrives on campus will be distributed by SLAI staff. Any mail for participants should be addressed:

  • (student’s Name)
  • c/o Summer Liberal Arts Institute
  • Carleton College
  • 300 North College Street
  • Northfield, MN 55057


All Summer Carls will receive a Onecard that is specially programmed to their name and program. This card will allow them to have access to buildings and enter the dining hall.

Students may load money onto the card if they please and may use that money at campus cafes and the campus bookstore. Onecards can only be loaded with cash or check at the bookstore, and it must be done during the work week, not on the weekends.

Printing Guidelines

Printing for your program will be covered on your campus Onecard, which will be assigned to you when you arrive on campus. Printers are available in the library and labs on campus.

School Supplies

At check in, you will receive the materials you will need for class. We recommend you bring a notebook and writing utensils.

Student Health Services and Emergency Care

Student health and safety are of paramount importance to us, and we are prepared to care for their needs while on campus. Because students will be visiting campus during an extended break in the Carleton academic calendar, standard student health services are not available. However, we have established the following protocol for evaluating student health needs as concerns arise:

  • In the instance of minor illness or injury, not requiring immediate medical attention, we will utilize the health services line associated with the child’s insurance carrier to seek the advice of a medical professional. Staff are prepared to comply with the advice given and will act in accordance with the medical advice provided. Should your health insurance coverage not include a health services line, we highly recommend that the parent/guardian sign-up for a virtuewell account online. This online health service provides 24hr rapid diagnosis of common medical ailments. Use of this provider can expedite the treatment of the child, especially if an ailment presents symptoms after normal business hours or on the weekend. Again, our staff are prepared to act in accordance with the recommendations of the health care provider to seek additional treatment as recommended. Local facilities that we would contact for standard treatment would include The Northfield Allina Clinic and The Northfield Hospitals Clinics and Urgent Care facility.
  • In the instance of severe illness or injury, staff will seek emergency services for your child at Northfield Hospital.
  • Additionally, we will provide materials that include a 24hr mental health service line number that can be used for problem-solving immediate concerns of harm to self or others.

Students and parents/guardians will fill out a health form prior to arrival, where they may provide detailed health needs of the student. Should the student have confidential needs or require services, please contact our office directly, so we can assist with arranging accommodations.

Reasonable Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Carleton College is committed to providing equitable access to learning opportunities for all students. The Disability Services office (Henry House) is the campus office that collaborates with students who have disabilities to provide and/or arrange reasonable accommodations.

If you have or think you may have a disability (including, but not limited to, mental health, attentional, learning, autism spectrum disorders, chronic health, traumatic brain injury and concussions, sensory, physical, or speech), please contact Chris Dallager, Director of Disability Services, by calling 507-222-5250 or sending an email to to arrange a confidential discussion regarding equitable access and reasonable accommodations.

Community Concern Form

The Community Concern Form is a resource for Carleton students, staff, and faculty throughout the year, but may also serve as an important resource for pre-college students on campus during the summer. Whether it be something you experienced or observed, please report it. There is no concern that is too minor to report, and reporting through this form may be done anonymously.

By submitting a Community Concern, you are demonstrating that you care about the people in our Carleton Summer Community and you expect that they will treat each other with respect. Thank you for your care. We will likewise take care to respect your privacy and offer you the support and resources you deserve.

When should I submit a Community Concern?

Whenever you believe that concerning behavior is affecting you or other members of our community. There is no concern that is too minor — by communicating with our community about what kind of behavior we expect from each other, we strengthen our community standards.

When the college is informed of what is occurring on campus, we can:

  • intervene if we perceive troubling patterns of behavior
  • connect community members with support and resources
  • identify what topics should be included in community education and prevention efforts

For more information about the Community Concern Form follow-up process and the offices involved in processing Community Concerns, please visit the Dean of Students web page. 

Click here to submit a Carleton Community Concern Form.