FAQs - Bursar

Residence Damage Deposit

A $350 damage deposit is charged on a yearly basis to all students who reside in campus housing. The deposit is credited back to the student's account by June 30 of the academic year. Damage charges (if applicable) are assessed to a student's account at the same time.

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Number of Credit Hours 

University students in the Day Program who take more than the standard 20 credit hours must pay for each additional credit hour.

Students registering for more than 14 credit hours in the University College program must pay the standard full-time day rate.

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Health Insurance Information 

Health Insurance Information
(Waiver and Voluntary Enrollment Procedure) can be found at:

Payment of Charges 

Charges are due and payable July 1 for the fall semester and January 2 for the spring semester. Payment may be made in person by cash, personal check or money order at the Bursar's Office. Roger Williams University uses an outside company, Tuition Management Systems, to process your Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and electronic checking/savings payments.There is a 2.75% convenience fee on all credit and debit card payments.

The University considers each student responsible for payment of all charges. A student will not be permitted to pre-register until all outstanding balances and or prior tuition and all other charges have been paid in full. Upon registering students agree to be responsible for any collection costs incurred by the University in conjunction with the delinquency of their account.

It is illegal in Rhode Island to present checks which your bank will not honor. The University will re-deposit returned checks once. The subsequent return of your check to the University will result in your account being put on a cash basis and possible cancellation of your registration, housing, and dining privileges. No personal checks will be allowed to replace returned checks. The account must be settled with cash, bank check, or money order.

All students will be charged for the handling of returned checks. The fine schedule is: 1st return, $25 and 2nd return, $30.

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Withdrawal/Refund Policy 

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Change of Address 

A student must complete a change of address form in the Office of the Registrar whenever a change is made to his/her local or mailing address. This will avoid the misdirection of grades, registration materials and applicable financial documents.

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Statement of Account 

Students and those with Student Account Center (SAC) shared access can view their up-to-the-minute account activity and statements online at rwu.afford.com. The Office of the Bursar emails billing statement notifications approximately every 28 days. Students are automatically enrolled in SAC and may add additional authorized payers. (See the Student Account Center tab on the Bursar website for more information.) Billing statements are consecutive and not cumulative throughout the semester.

If you contract a payment plan with our vendor Tuition Management Systems (TMS), payments are due on the first of the month. Payments made via the payment plan are posted to your RWU SAC activity and reflected on your RWU billing statements. Unposted payments are reflected on the bottom of your statement under Estimated Pending Credits and are subtracted from the balance due on your statement.

The Office of the Bursar acts as a "bulletin board" for charges posted to your Bursar account. Charges or fees not associated with tuition or the mandatory semester fee are derived from other areas of the campus community. Please use the information listed below when questioning billing charges associated with other departments on campus!

Room, Meal & Room DamageResidence Life & Housing401-254-3161
ParkingPublic Safety401-254-4358
HealthHealth Services401-254-3156
Mail KeyMail Services401-254-3147
Unreturned BooksLibrary401-254-3031
JudicialStudent Affairs401-254-3042

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Financial Aid Questions 

The Office of Student Financial Aid can be reached at 401-254-3100 or finaid@rwu.edu. Financial aid includes the following items:

  • Federal Direct Loans (subsidized and unsubsidized)
  • Federal Pell Grants
  • Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (SEOG)
  • All loan programs including Federal Direct PLUS Loans
  • Merit and need based scholarships
  • Anything regarding your award letter issued from the Office of Student Financial Aid
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) questions

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Semester Fees 

Semester fees are charged twice during the academic year in the Fall and Spring semesters. Semester fees include but are not limited to the following activities:

  • Sponsorship of student activities, organizations and clubs
  • Sports facilities and recreation center use
  • Participation in intramural and recreational programs; varsity sports
  • Educational events and speakers brought on campus
  • Use of Health Services
  • Convocation, graduation and commencement activities
  • Career Center services, workshops, panel presentations and events
  • Academic support and disability support programs
  • Tutoring support services
  • Various transportation services

Technology Fees 

Technology fees are charged twice during the academic year in the Fall and Spring semesters. These fees assure accessibility to the internet and include but are not limited to the following activities:

  • Provide sufficient infrastructure to support IT needs
  • Offer continuous, on-going software enhancements
  • Continuously expand wireless access, speed and bandwidth
  • Collaborate with Samsung partnership in transforming the learning and administrative environment through the integration of Samsung's cloud access technology & whiteboards
  • Support ever increasing numbers of electronic devices
  • Set new standards for 'Affordable Excellence' in higher education through Technology Initiatives

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