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
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
Master of Architecture
Master of Design in Interior Studies (Interior Architecture)
Master of Landscape Architecture
English for Art and Design (Landscape Architecture)
* 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
*** Essential RISD Experience rate
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.
If a library book is returned late or not returned at all, you will be fined accordingly.
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.
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.