Tuition, Fees, Extra Credit Charges, Payment Policy

Payment Policy:
Information on tuition and fees is contained in mailings sent by the Student Accounts Office each semester to students, parents or other persons responsible for payment of assessed charges. That information along with other fees, fines, and refund policies are posted on the Financial Aid Office page of the RISD web site.

Student accounts must be paid according to policies and deadlines established by the Student Accounts Office. Students who do not pay their tuition bill, or make other acceptable financial arrangements, by the August 15 (Fall) or January 10 (Spring) due date, will be assessed a late fee. In addition, RISD reserves the right to withhold services from students whose accounts are past due, including, but not limited to, withholding grades, transcripts, and registration; or administratively withdrawing a student from the College. Past due accounts may be assigned to a collection agency and if they are, students may be responsible for collection and/or legal expenses.

Full-time students in either Fall or Spring are not assessed separate Wintersession tuition charges as it is included in the charges for Fall and/or Spring terms. A student enrolled in Wintersession without full-time status during Fall or Spring of that academic year is assessed per credit tuition charges.

Additional Fees on Select Courses:
Courses during Fall, Wintersession, or Spring may require payment of fees for materials, rentals, or other reasons. Wintersession travel courses require additional fees for travel expenses, which are due during the preceding fall term.

Minimum Tuition Requirement for Graduation:
The minimum tuition requirement is four academic years (8 semesters for the BFA) or five academic years (10 semesters for the B. Arch or other professional degrees, or the equivalent for transfer students.  This tuition requirement is separate from and in addition to any other degree requirements. Tuition charges for the baccalaureate degree are based on full-time status during the academic year. 

Credit Overage Charges:
Extra credit charges are no longer assessed for credits in excess of 36 total attempted for the academic year. Internships taken over the Summer for credit are not subject to extra charges.

Mandatory Laptop Program:
The academic majors listed below require students to have department-specific laptop hardware and software tools, which will be used extensively within the departmental curriculum. Some students may already own a laptop and/or software which fulfills the requirements of their major and, in other cases, a student will need to purchase the necessary computer and/or software. All students entering these departments will receive detailed required system specifications, ordering instructions for discounted purchases, and laptop program policy information during the late spring/early summer before they begin in their majors.
• Architecture
• Digital + Media
• Furniture Design
• Graphic Design
• Industrial Design
• Interior Architecture
• Landscape Architecture
• Photography
Total Academic Laptop Program costs vary depending on each department’s specifications, but total required hardware and software costs generally range between $2900 and $3500. Please be sure to account for these additional costs in your financial planning calculations.

Matriculation Fee:
There is a matriculation fee for returning students of $150 which is payable by April 15. This fee applies to all students who plan to return to RISD for another year. The payment is credited to the first semester’s tuition. The fee is not refundable after July 15.