Student Accounts

Tuition + Fees


Full-time degree programs | 2017/18 academic year (see 2016/17 tuition + fees)


  student activities $260
  health insurance $1298
  late payment $195
  Orientation * $175

Residence Life charges

  room + board ** $13,050

Summer Program tuition + fees

  MDes $8,175
  INTAR MA DIS $10,475
  INTAR MA DIS Housing $2,900
  Foundation Studies $6,380
  health insurance $312


* 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.

See information on the total estimated cost of education at RISD for 2017/18.

In addition, you may incur some of the following expenses: 

Course, lab, 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. 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.

Library fines
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 $1,476 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 deposit
A housing deposit is required of all returning students who wish to live in on-campus housing. This deposit must be paid in the spring in order to participate in the housing lottery for the following year. The deposit is nonrefundable after the housing contract has been signed. Information on how to make the deposit will be made available in early spring by Residence Life and Student Financial Services.

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.


2016/17 degree program costs 


  student activities $310
  health insurance $1,236
  late payment $195
  Orientation * $175

Residence Life charges 

  room + board ** $12,850

* required of all incoming students 
** base rates

Foundation Studies students consider each other's work under the guidance of Professor Merlin Szasz.