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Tuition and aid

Understanding your costs and financing options is an important part of planning your RISD experience. Student Financial Services supports you and your family in seeking, obtaining and making the best use of all resources available to help finance the costs of attending RISD.

Total costs

RISD’s 2019–20 tuition is $51,800 for both undergrads and graduate students, with a student activities fee of $260 and an academic and technology fee of $800. The cost of attendance (COA) for any college is based on tuition and required fees (costs that are billed to you directly) plus estimated costs for room and/or rent, board and/or food, supplies, personal expenses and transportation (indirect, variable costs). RISD’s 2019/20 COA for undergraduate students is $72,780. The 2020/21 COA for undergraduates will be released in early spring.

We can help

Our team takes care of the billing and collection of tuition, fees, room, board and other charges on your student account, assists students and families with their financial aid and manages student employment on campus. We’re eager to help you and your family with any questions you may have.