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Tuition, Fees, Extra Credit Charges
Information on tuition and fees is
contained in mailings sent by the Student Accounts Office each semester to
students, parents or other persons responsible for payment of assessed charges.
That information along with other fees, fines, and refund policies are posted on the RISD website.
Student accounts must be paid according
to policies and deadlines established by the Student Accounts Office. Students
who do not pay their tuition bill, or make other acceptable financial
arrangements, by the August 15 (Fall) or January 10 (Spring) due date, will be
assessed a late fee.
In addition, RISD reserves the right to
withhold services from students whose accounts are past due, including, but not
limited to, withholding grades, transcripts, and registration; or
administratively withdrawing a student from the College. Past due accounts may
be assigned to a collection agency and if they are, students may be responsible
for collection and/or legal expenses.
Full-time students in either Fall or
Spring are not assessed separate Wintersession tuition or room charges as it is
included in the charges for Fall and/or Spring terms. A student enrolled in
Wintersession without full-time status during Fall or Spring of that academic
year is assessed per credit tuition charges.
Fees on Select Courses
Courses during Fall, Wintersession, or
Spring may require payment of fees for materials, rentals, or other reasons. Wintersession
travel courses require additional fees for travel expenses, which are due
during the preceding fall term.
Tuition Requirement for Graduation
The minimum tuition requirement is four
academic years (B.F.A.) or five academic years (professional degrees), or the
equivalent for transfer students. This tuition requirement is separate from and
in addition to any other degree requirements. Tuition charges for the
baccalaureate degree are based on full-time status during the academic year. An
academic year includes a maximum of 36 credits.
Extra credit charges are assessed for
credits in excess of 36 total attempted credits for the academic year. This
total is based on the student’s credit hour load at the conclusion of the
Add/Drop period for the Fall and Spring semesters and Wintersession. Credits
added subsequent to the Add deadline (through academic petition or special
permission) will also be included in the total, as will courses taken as “audit”
and courses graded “W.” The
extra credit charge is the current per credit rate ($1,366 in 2012-13) multiplied by the number of credits greater than 36.
In several RISD Departments, incoming
sophomore, first year graduate and transfer students are obliged to participate
in a 'laptop program', requiring the purchase of a portable computer, software
applications, upgrades and personal insurance as specified in the current
'Laptop Program Requirements and Policy Guidelines', a document distributed at
the same time the laptops are distributed. At present, the participating
departments are Architecture, Digital Media, Furniture Design, Graphic Design,
Industrial Design, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Photography.
There is a matriculation fee for returning
students of $150 which is payable by April 15. This fee applies to all students
who plan to return to RISD for another year. The payment is credited to the
first semester’s tuition. The fee is not refundable after July 15.