2021/22 estimated costs of education

Expense breakdown—undergraduate and graduate

Activity fee
Academic and technology fee
Estimated housing and dining
Estimated books and supplies
Estimated transportation
Other expenses
Estimated total cost of education

2021/22 degree program costs




Student Activity Fee

Academic and Technology Fee

Health Insurance *

Orientation Fee **

Late Payment Fine ***

Residence Life

Room & Board ****

2021 summer programs and fees

*Students enrolled in an on-campus or hybrid program will be billed for the summer health insurance policy ($460).

Experimental and Foundation Studies
Tuition: $9,000

Master of Architecture
Tuition: $9,000

Master of Design in Interior Studies (Interior Architecture)
Tuition: $9,000

Master of Landscape Architecture
Tuition: $6,000

English for Art and Design (Landscape Architecture)
Tuition: $600

* Students enrolled in a comparable US-based health insurance policy may elect to waive the Student Health Insurance policy. More details can be found online at universityhealthplans.com.
** Required of all incoming students
*** The higher late payment fine will be assessed for all balances equal to or greater than $2,000
**** Essential RISD Experience rate

Learn more about student housing, including information about room and board plans and rates.

Additional costs

Course, lab and material fees

Certain courses require an additional cost for the classroom experience. These course charges may cover the usage of studios, materials, field trips or other course-related activities. Courses that require an additional fee are noted in the RISD course catalogue. Charges may be applied throughout the term, so it is very important to monitor your account frequently.


Tuition for Wintersession is included in the fall semester invoice for full-time registered students enrolled in the fall, or is included in the spring semester invoice for full-time registered students transferring or being readmitted to RISD in the spring. Students who enroll in Wintersession without full-time student status during at least one semester of that academic year are charged a separate Wintersession tuition of $1,840 per credit hour. Room and board is divided evenly between the fall and spring semester invoices. For Wintersession travel programs, payment for travel costs associated with the course must be paid prior to the start of Wintersession.

Residence hall damage charges

A student’s room must be vacated in the condition in which it was found upon assuming occupancy. Charges are assessed for violations of the housing contract, which include, but are not limited to, damages and vandalism.

School-sponsored travel

Students who wish to travel on a school-sponsored trip must ensure that their balance with Student Accounts is paid in full at the time of travel registration. If a balance remains outstanding the student will be ineligible for travel and may not be reimbursed for any travel expenses already paid.