2022/23 estimated costs of education

Undergraduate expense breakdown

Expense
Tuition
Activity fee
Academic and technology fee
Estimated housing and dining
Estimated books and supplies
Estimated transportation
Other expenses
Estimated total cost of education
Academic year
$56,435
$270
$800
$15,236
$2,700
$1,000
$2,500
$78,941
by semester
$28,218
$135
$400
$7,618
$1,350
$500
$1,250
$39,471

Graduate expense breakdown

Expense
Tuition
Activity fee
Academic and technology fee
Estimated housing and dining
Estimated books and supplies
Estimated transportation
Other expenses
Estimated total cost of education
Academic year
$56,435
$270
$800
$18,653
$3,965
$1,550
$2,575
$84,248
by semester
$28,218
$135
$400
$9,327
$1,982
$775
$1,287
$42,124

2022/23 degree program costs

Tuition

Tuition
$56,435

Fees

Student Activity Fee
$270

Academic and Technology Fee
$800

Health Insurance *
$1,920

Orientation Fee **
$200

Late Payment Fine ***
$200/500

Residence Life

Room & Board ****
$15,236

2022 summer programs and fees

Certain graduate programs begin in the summer. If you see your program listed below then summer charges apply. Incoming transfer students may need to attend the Experimental and Foundation Studies (EFS) summer program. First-year EFS students making up classes during the summer will be billed on a per-course, per-credit basis.

Students enrolled in a summer program will be billed for the summer health insurance policy ($460).*

Experimental and Foundation Studies
Tuition: $9,000
Housing: $2,930
Dining: $1,300

Master of Architecture
Tuition: $9,000

Master of Design in Interior Studies (Interior Architecture)
Tuition: $9,000
Housing: $2,930
Dining: $1,300

Master of Arts in Adaptive Reuse (Interior Architecture)
Tuition: $9,000
Housing: $3,060

Master of Landscape Architecture
Tuition: $6,000

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

Tuition and fees are assessed of all enrolled, matriculated RISD students. Books and supplies, transportation and other expenses are budgeted items that RISD does not directly bill; rather they are estimates of your possible expenses.

If a student resides off campus after their second year and does not take a RISD meal plan, we do not charge housing and dining charges. Room and board figures rather become an estimate of possible non-RISD housing and dining costs.

* RISD requires all students to have health insurance. The insurance fee is charged in the fall. However, students enrolled in a comparable, comprehensive US-based health insurance policy that covers them while enrolled at RISD may waive the student health insurance policy. More details can be found online at universityhealthplans.com.

** All incoming students in their first semester of enrollment are charged this required fee.

*** RISD assesses the higher late payment fine for all balances equal to or greater than $2,000

**** Essential RISD Experience rate shown. Learn more about student housing, including information about room and board plans and rates.

Special populations

Reduced course load

Students approved for a reduced course load are billed on a per-credit tuition basis according to their registration if registered for fewer than 12 credits. The per-credit tuition charge is $1,881 for the 2022–23 academic year.

Students who enroll in fewer than 12 credits without approval for reduced course load are still charged full-time tuition. Federal aid, state aid, RISD funding and private loans may be impacted by enrollment less than full time.

Exchange students

RISD charges full tuition and mandatory fees to students participating in an outgoing exchange program. Students who live on RISD campus are not charged for housing and dining for the semester of outgoing exchange.

Incoming exchange students

Students attending RISD as an incoming exchange student pay the tuition and fees of their home institution. RISD room and board charges only apply for exchange students residing on campus.

Auditing of classes

RISD does not assess matriculated, degree-seeking RISD students with additional charges for audited classes. For more information please see RISD’s student academic policies.

Brown|RISD Dual Degree (BRDD)

Brown University assesses and determines all charges and aid for BRDD students. Click the link for more BRDD program information.

Visiting students

RISD bills full-time tuition and fees to students enrolled with visiting student status. Visiting students are ineligible for financial aid from RISD.

Special students

Special students are non-degree candidates who attend RISD. They are charged the per-credit tuition rate, with payment due at the time of registration. See RISD’s student academic policies for more information.

Global programs

For more information please visit global.risd.edu.

Additional costs

Course, lab and material fees

Certain courses require an additional cost for the classroom experience. These course charges may cover field trips or other course-related activities.  Charges may be applied throughout the term, so it is very important to monitor your account frequently.

Other fees

Students may be assessed fees per departmental policies for items (including but not limited to equipment, keys and supplies) borrowed beyond agreed-upon timeframes or for the loss of such items.

Wintersession

Tuition for Wintersession is included in the fall semester invoice for full-time registered students enrolled in the fall. For those transferring or being readmitted to RISD in the spring, it is included in the spring semester invoice.

Students participating in Wintersession without enrolling in at least the fall or spring of that academic year are charged a separate Wintersession tuition of $1,881 per credit hour. Room and board is divided evenly between the fall and spring semester invoices.

For Wintersession travel programs, payment for associated travel costs must be paid by published due dates.

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