Tuition, Fees, Payment Policy

Payment Policy : Information on tuition, fees, fines, and refund policies, can be obtained by visiting Student Financial Services.

Payment   Student accounts must be paid according to policies and deadlines established by the Student Accounts Office. Payments can be made by visiting Students who do not pay their tuition bill, or make other acceptable financial arrangements, by the August (Fall) and January (Spring) due dates, 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.

Wintersession :  Full-time students in either Fall or Spring are not assessed separate Wintersession tuition or room 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.

Mandatory Academic Laptop Program: The following academic majors 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.


Digital + Media

Furniture Design

Graphic Design

Industrial Design

Interior Architecture

Landscape Architecture


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