An Education That You Can Afford!
Universities and colleges around the country are raising their tuition and fees, but summer courses and workshops at the Highlands Biological Station are very affordable. Course and workshop fees are only $200 per credit hour, or $160 per credit hour for students and alumni from universities and colleges that are members of the Highlands Biological Station in good standing.
$800 total per two-week course ($640 for students and alumni from HBS member institutions in good standing)
$400 total per workshop ($350 for students seeking credit; $320 for students and alumni from HBS member institutions in good standing). Two day workshops are $120.
$275 for the Wilderness First Aid two-day course. Lunch is included.
Students Seeking Credit
Courses at Highlands Biological Station can be taken for 4 hours of academic credit (undergraduate or graduate). Most workshops may be taken for 2 hours of credit. Credit is offered through UNC-Chapel Hill (BIOL 459) or Western Carolina University (BIOL 493 or BIOL 593). Credit for workshops is available only through Western Carolina University (BIOL 493 or 593). Our courses are transferable to most universities but it is your responsibility to transfer the credit to your home institution. It is a good idea to check with your registrar for transfer credit equivalencies, and talk with your advisor.
How will my coursework from the Highlands Biological Station appear on my transcript?
That depends on your home institution. Any course(s) taken for undergraduate credit through UNC-Chapel Hill will appear on your transcript as BIOL 459 – Field Biology. The only thing that varies is the section number. Any course(s) or workshop(s) taken for undergraduate credit through Western Carolina University will appear on that transcript as BIOL 493 – Special Topics – and will include the course or workshop name. Any course(s) or workshop(s) taken for graduate credit through Western Carolina University will appear on that transcript as BIOL 593 – Special Topics – and will include the course or workshop name.
Courses – UNC-Chapel Hill (non-UNC students may transfer credit): $55
Courses and/or Workshops – Western Carolina University: $90 per course for current WCU students; $90 per course for non-WCU students plus a one-time $65 application fee.
WCU: $90 per course plus an additional $65 application fee that applies to non-WCU students
Students are not required to stay on campus during their course(s) or workshop(s), but we strongly encourage it due to the nature of these classes. Most classes meet all day, and often involve evening work.
Wright and Deacon Cottages – $100 per week
Howell Cottage – $125 per week
Valentine House – $150 per week
Click here for details about these dorms, including floor plans.
HBS is fortunate to offer limited financial aid with the support of The Highlands Biological Foundation, Inc. on a first-come, first-served basis. Aid must be requested at the time of application, and recipients must either be enrolled for credit, or be able to present a compelling case for need. In addition to your transcripts, two documents are required along with the application. First, you will need to include a Statement of Need, which is simply a letter explaining why you are asking for aid and reasons why the course you are applying for is important to your education. Second, you need a Letter of Recommendation from either your major professor, or a faculty member who is well acquainted with your academic qualifications. BOTH DOCUMENTS NEED TO ACCOMPANY THE APPLICATION OR YOUR PROFESSOR MAY EMAIL THE LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION TO firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember that aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so it is important to send all of the required documentation in a timely fashion.