School Fees and Expenses

(Rates and fees are subject to change without notice.)

ASCSA policy on individual membership fees and benefits for members of Cooperating Institutions

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The fees associated with ASCSA membership (Regular, Student Associate, Senior Associate) will be assessed according to the amount of time an individual spends at the School’s facilities. Membership during the academic year (September-May) does not extend into the summer months. If an individual requests a full year of membership (12 consecutive months), the total fee will be for 10 months. This discount is in recognition of the numerous Greek and American holidays and low periods of activity at the School during a full calendar year. In assessing fees for stays shorter than a full month, the School prorates its monthly fees on an incremental basis. Furthermore, the fee scale is related to status (senior vs. student) and institutional affiliation. Different rates apply to students, faculty, and graduates of Cooperating Institutions of the ASCSA than those from non-affiliated institutions. Faculty, students and former students of Cooperating Institutions pay only one-half the fees for use of the facilities of the School in Greece.

ASCSA Monthly Fee Scale: Individual Membership

Senior Associate Members are typically Ph.D. holders.
Student Associate and Regular Members are graduate students.

Discounted Fees for Senior and Student members affiliated with a Cooperating Institution

  • 1-7 continuous days within a four month period:  Free
  • 8-17 days: One-quarter monthly fee

​                    - Senior: $82.50; Student: $55.00

  • 18-30/31 days: Half monthly fee

                   - Senior: $165.00; Student: $110.00

Fees for Senior and Student members not affiliated with a Cooperating Institution

  • 1-17 days: Half monthly fee

                   - Senior: $165.00; Student: $110.00

  • 18-30/31 days: Full monthly fee

                   - Senior: $330.00; Student: $220.

Wiener Laboratory Bench Fees

Effective July 1, 2016, for all research projects at the Wiener Laboratory, excluding Wiener Laboratory Fellowships, Associateships and Wiener Laboratory funded projects, a bench fee is required. The bench fee is levied to cover the additional costs related to basic consumables, equipment and materials not included in the School Fees and Expenses. Different rates apply to students, faculty, and graduates of Cooperating Institutions of the ASCSA than those from non-affiliated institutions. For further details, please see the Bench Fees on the Wiener Laboratory Research Page.

Individual Members from Cooperating Institutions enjoy the following benefits:

  • The School welcomes any scholar from a Cooperating Institution, regardless of department, whose research is relevant to the mission of the ASCSA and to conducting research in Greece. (NB: Every individual must submit an online application via the ASCSA website whenever he or she intends to use the facilities of the School.)
  • Discount on individual School membership fees (see above) including free use of the School’s facilities for one week (an individual membership application, however, is still necessary).
  • Assistance from the School in applying for or renewing a Greek residence permit (member must pay required fees for the actual permit).
  • Assistance from the School in requesting individual study permits from the Greek Ministry of Culture.
  • A free entrance pass for archaeological sites and museums, issued by the Greek Ministry of Culture; the card is valid for three years. For ASCSA members from non-Cooperating Institutions a minimum charge of a half month of fees will be assessed for assistance with a residence permit, study permit, or acquisition of a museum pass.
  • 24/7 access to the Blegen Library and a personal carrel within it as well as use of the School’s computer lab.
  • A School key that grants access to the main grounds and gardens of the School, the main building holding the Blegen Library, and Loring Hall (deposit required).
  • Residence in Loring Hall when space permits (subject to room fees).
  • Loring Hall services (subject to fees when applicable): meals, tea, ouzo, use of the saloni, etc. (NB: The laundry facilities are limited to residents staying in Loring Hall.)
  • Access to Agora and Corinth facilities and collections.
  • Use of a member’s lounge, kitchen facility, and a locker (deposit required for the key) in the main School building.
  • Use of school grounds (e.g., gardens, tennis court, outside grill).
  • Rental storage in Loring Hall. 

Fees for Accompanying Spouses and Other Significant Persons Residing in the School Facilities

If a relevant accompanying individual qualifies for Associate Membership and requests it, the Director will admit him or her to that status, and he or she will be charged fees as an Associate Member: $110 per month if a Student Associate; $165 per month if a Senior Associate Member. If he or she does not qualify for Membership or does not request it, then they then will be admitted as a “Residential Affiliate” at the flat rate of $75/mo. In this case he or she will not receive the privilege of having a desk in the library or a locker in the downstairs in the Blegen Library.

It will be the obligation of a member who is requesting residence for a spouse or significant other to bring this policy to his or her attention, to see that those who desire to be appointed Residential Affiliate inform the Manager of Loring Hall and that those who desire Associate Membership apply online for membership.

Room and Board

Members, who wish to live in Loring Hall, must submit a request to Niamh Michalopoulou, Loring Hall Manager, no later than June 1 for the next academic year so that a place may be reserved. You may contact her as soon as you know your travel plans. Room prices for 2016-2017 students in Loring Hall for the full academic year are as follows:

For Student Members:
Single with shared bath (basement): $4,192
Single with shared bath (elsewhere): $5,123
Double with bath:  $6,210

For Senior Members:
Single with shared bath (basement): $5,279
Single with shared bath (elsewhere): $6,365
Double with bath:  $8,228

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Meals are served in Loring Hall’s dining room six days a week.
The fees for (2016-2017) are as follows:

Breakfast, Monday through Saturday: 4.50 € for Senior Members, 3.50 € for students;
Buffet lunch, Monday through Saturday: 7.50 € for Senior Members, 5.00 € for students;
Dinner, Monday through Friday: 11.50 € for Senior Members, 8.00 € for students.

Other Expenses

Members should make sure of sufficient funds to cover expenses in Greece before arriving.  Expenses on the required School trips will probably total at least $3,000.  Meals in Loring Hall can total as much as $4,668 for the year, depending on how many meals are eaten at the School.  In addition, one should anticipate travel and housing expenses when away from Athens in the spring, whether on an excavation or individual research projects.  Incidentals, such as laundry, cleaning, books, and entertainment, are also extra.  Christmas and spring travel will, of course, vary greatly from individual to individual.

Estimated Cost for One Academic Year at the ASCSA

Room*                                                                                              $4,192 - $5,123
Board                                                                                                $6,456 - $7,300:
     Regular Members, meals in Loring Hall                                        $3,456 - $3,500*
     Regular Members, meals outside Loring Hall                               $3,000 - $3,800
     Student Associate Members, meals in Loring Hall                       $4,101 - $4,200*
     Student Associate Members, meals outside Loring Hall              $2,000 - $2,500

School Fees*                                                                                    $990 - $1,1980
Required School trips for Regular Members                                $3,200
     (shared expenses - hotels, etc.)
Optional School trips for Regular Members                                 $3,200 - $4,700
International flight from USA to Greece                                        $1,200
Health Care Coverage                                                                     $500 - $1,500
Incidentals                                                                                        $4,000 - $4,200
     (includes books, postage, photocopies, laundry, phone, etc.)
Modern Greek classes**                                                                 $120
Greek visa expenses while in the US                                             $150 - $250
Residence permit fees**                                                                 $240
TOTAL                                                                                               $24,248 - $29,813


**Paid by the School for all Regular Members.*Paid by the School for Regular Members who hold School Fellowhips and for Student Associate Members who hold ASCSA Advanced Fellowships, the Jacob Hirsch Fellowship, and the M. Alison Frantz Fellowship. School membership costs $110 per month for students from ASCSA cooperating institutions. For students of non-cooperating institutions, the cost is $220 per month.

***The School no longer pays this fee for its Members.  All costs of the residence permit process are the sole responsibility of the Member.

Please note that travel to and from Greece and elsewhere in Europe, and any expenses incurred during the summer months, are not included in this estimate. Expenses for those living outside of the School will average $9,000, not including trips and incidentals. This estimate is necessarily broad. Individual budgets will vary depending on eating and spending habits, as well as the number of trips taken.  Other factors to consider, if applicable, when preparing a budget: US taxes, continuing enrollment at one's home institution, medical expenses including prescriptions.