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2019-20 estimated costs of education

Expense Undergraduate Graduate
Tuition $51,800 $51,800
Activity fee $260 $260
Academic and technology fee $800 $800
Estimated housing and dining $13,720 $17,590
Estimated books and supplies $2,700 $3,965
Estimated transportation $1,000 $1,550
Other expenses $2,500 $2,575
Estimated total cost of education $72,780 $78,540

2019-20 degree program costs




Student Activity Fee

Academic and Technology Fee

Health Insurance *

Orientation Fee **

Late Payment Fine


Room & Board ***


Experimental and Foundation Studies
Tuition: $6,851
Housing: $2,200
Dining: $1,280
Health insurance*: $327

Master of Architecture
Tuition: $6,851
Health insurance*: $327

Master of Design in Interior Studies (Interior Architecture)
Tuition: $8,775
Housing: $2,200
Dining: $1,280
Health insurance*: $327

Master of Arts in Adaptive Reuse (Interior Architecture)
Tuition: $11,250
Housing: $3,080

Master of Landscape Architecture
Tuition: $2,350
Health insurance*: $327

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

Master of Arts in Teaching
Health insurance*: $327

* 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
** Required of all incoming students
*** Essential RISD Experience rate

For more information on room and board plans and their rates, please visit the Residence Life rate page.

Additional costs


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. A detailed list of course fees can be found 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 $1,726 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.


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.