RISD’s Financial Aid Office is committed to working with students and parents to reach the shared goal of preparing and educating creative individuals who aspire to make a meaningful contribution to our world.

Our dedicated staff works to help students and their families seek, obtain and make the best use of all resources available to help finance the costs of attending RISD.

By providing student aid through grants, loans, work study programs and scholarships, RISD helps make it possible for qualified students with limited personal financial resources to attend and benefit from the extraordinary education offered here.

Explore Your Options

Learn about options that will help you afford your RISD education.

Work Study

Over half of RISD students gain valuable work experience while earning supplemental funds through work study jobs in on campus and in the local community.

Visit RISD's Work Study website. »
Payment Plans

Payment plans enable you and your family to spread out payments in installments over 12 months. 

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Prospective freshmen
Early Decision:
November 15

Regular deadline:
February 15

Transfer students
March 15

Graduate students
February 15

All returning students
May 1

Contact Info

Contact us with questions concerning financial aid:

Financial Aid Office
Two College Street
Providence, RI 02903-2784

phone: 401 454-6661
fax: 401 454-6412


Learn about private scholarships with an art/design focus and other resources to help you pay for a RISD education. 

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