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Rhode Island School of Design Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$63,210 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$46,800 tuition
$13,400 on campus room & board
$2,700 books and supplies
$310 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)

$63,210 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$46,800 tuition
$13,400 on campus room & board
$2,700 books and supplies
$310 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$23,689 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
44% of students receive aid
13% get federal aid ($5,732 avg)
2% get state aid ($539 avg)
34% get institn'l aid ($23,689 avg)
39% get loans ($8,017 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 3.15% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 3.15% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $25,179 35%
Federal Grant Aid $5,732 13%
Pell Grants $4,740 13%
Other Federal Grants $992 13%
Institution Grant Aid $23,689 34%
State Grant Aid $539 2%
Student Loans $8,017 39%
Federal Loans $5,422 34%
Other Loans $28,007 4%

Merit Aid Available

Merit Aid

Merit Scholarships Available Amount freshman returning transfer graduate
$500 - $27,500 R
- R
Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: -
Financial aid deadline: February 15
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: April 25
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: May 22
Does Rhode Island School of Design offer...
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
2 College St
Providence, RI 02903-2784
(401) 454-6100
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State -
Out of State -


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 4
  • van donsel from waltham, ma
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    very expensive, financial aid is not generous and complicated to get. while i advise you take what you can get from this school, look elsewhere for the aid you need. housing is also very expensive, but it's more expensive to live off campus. still, if it's really for you, i think it's worth the cost. as i mentioned above, the cost of art supplies adds up. bring whatever you can from home. buy from second life, a store on campus that sells secondhand supplies. you only need new paper, you don't need a brand new ruler / paintbrush / drawing board.

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  • 5
  • meri
  • I am a current student here

    make the most of your professors.....go to their readings and shows. they have much insight and knowledge to offer.

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  • 4
  • T
  • I am a current student here

    A pricey program, but you walk away with a really broad skill set

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  • 4
  • Julia from Horsham, PA
  • I am a current student here

    Again, I know its steep. But its worth it when you are offered more internships and high paying jobs in the end

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  • 3
  • RISD Student from Providence, RI
  • I am a current student here

    The tuition is really very expensive even if the environment is great. It's up to you to organize your priorities even if you do manage to snag one of the rare scholarships.

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