Undergrad New Rates 2020-21: students enrolled fall '19 or after

***These rates are for new students enrolled 2019 or after***


Please note: These are estimated charges based on standard tuition, fees, room & board for full-time students in an Undergraduate Day program. See below for more detailed rate information.

A full-time, undergraduate day student is defined as a student enrolled in an undergraduate program, 12 to 19 credits per semester. Day students who have written authorization to take more than 19 credits (overload) will be charged the per credit rate for each additional credit over 19.

2020-2021 Health Insurance Rates (if applicable) *YearSpring Only

* All full-time undergraduate students (both residential and commuter) and all international students must be covered by an adequate health insurance policy. Those who are covered under an existing health insurance plan may waive the University sponsored student health insurance. To waive, submit proof of adequate coverage at: rwu.edu/go/insurance no later than February 1, 2021.

2020-2021 Undergraduate New Student Supplemental Fees 

Supplemental Fees (if applicable) 
Aesthetics Field Trip (per course)$50
Architectural Studio for non-architecture students (per semester)$2,355
Audit Charge (per course)$460
COVID Fee - Spring ONLY *$263
Laboratory Fee (per course)$350
Late Payment Fee (per semester)$315
Music Lab/Instrument and/or Voice Lessons on-campus **$704
Music Lab/Instrument and/or Voice Lessons off-campus ***$944
Parking Permit (annually)$190
Room Security Deposit (annually)$350

* For the spring 2021 semester, RWU will assess a nominal Covid-19 testing fee to student groups to help support our commitment to our high-quality testing program and overall successful campus health and safety measures. On the spring semester billing statement, students will see an adjusted student activity fee or reduced semester fee waiver in the amount of $165. Then, a new Spring 2021 COVID Fee of $263 posted on their account resulting in a net cost of $98 to cover testing. We are able to keep this at a low level due to the Student Senate’s support to waive the $165 activity fee for the spring, providing an offset to the new fee.

** These fees are waived for declared Music majors who demonstrate a satisfactory rate of progress in the Music program.

*** The RWU portion of these fees is waived for declared Music majors who demonstrate a satisfactory rate of progress in the Music program. All students must pay the off-campus fee of $240.

2020-2021 Undergraduate New Student Housing Rates  

Room TermYear
Traditional Residence Halls  
2 Person Apartment (Shared)$6,032$12,064
3 Person Apartment (Shared)$6,032$12,064
4-6 Person Apartment (Shared)$6,032$12,064
5 Person Apartment (Private)$6,616$13,232
Private Apartment$6,977$13,954
2 Person Apartment (Flats)$6,032$12,064
3 Person Apartment (Buildings)$5,626$11,252
4 Person Apartment (Double-Larger)$6,032$12,064
4 Person Apartment (Double-Smaller)$5,626$11,252
3 Person Townhouse (Double-Larger)$6,032$12,064
3 Person Townhouse (Private-Smaller)$6,616$13,232
North Campus  
Suite (Single)$5,565$11,130
Suite (Double)$4,626$9,252
Apartment (Private)$6,977$13,954
3 Person Apartment (Shared)$6,106$12,212
Apartment (Shared)$6,106$12,212

2020-2021 Undergraduate New Student Meal Plan Rates 

Meal PlanTermYear
Full Meal Plan     
230 Block$3,414$6,828
Partial Meal Plans  
125 Block Plus$1,750$3,500
Commuter Plan$508$1,016
Please note: Full Meal Plans are mandatory for traditional residence halls, Baypoint and North Campus suites. All meal plans are optional for Almeida, Bayside, North Campus apartments and commuter students.

2020-2021 Undergraduate Winter & Summer Session Rates 

Winter Intersession  3 ½ week January 4, 2021 - January 28, 2021
Summer Sessions    
21/SM full session May 25, 2021 - August 13, 2021
21/S1 3 week May 25, 2021 - June 11, 2021
21/S2 5 week May 25, 2021 - June 25, 2021
21/S3 5 week Jun 21, 2021 - July 23, 2021
21/S4 7 week Jun 21, 2021 - August 5, 2021
21/S5 5 week July 5, 2021 - August 5, 2021
Winter & Summer 2021 Tuition & Fees 
Standard Tuition
Day Program Course (3 credit)$1,524
Day Program Course (4 credit)$2,032
On-Line Course (3 credit)$1,299
On-Line Course (4 credit)$1,732
Directed Seminar (3 credit)$1,299
Co-Op Education (3 credit)$1,299
Independent Study (3 credit)$1,299
External (3 credit)$1,299
Internship (3 credit)$1,299
Architecture Tuition
UG Architecture Summer Studio (5 credit)$5,355
Grad Architecture Summer Studio (5 credit)$8,110
Supplemental Fees  (if applicable)
Aesthetics Field Trip Fee$50
Audit Fee per course$460
Laboratory Fee (per course)$350
Late Fee$315
Summer 2021 Room & Meal Plan Rates   
Room full session7 week5 week3 week
Bayside - 1 Bedroom 2 Person Apt $1,450$950$730$440
Bayside - Quad 5/6 Person Apt $1,450$950$730$440
Bayside - Private 5 Person Apt $1,750$1,100$875$525
Continuous Housing     
Beginning of Session (May)   $100 
End of Session (August)   $500 
Optional Meal Plan     
15 Block Plan (15 meals)   $125 
30 Block Plan (30 meals)   $230 

Withdrawal Refund Policy 

RWU tuition, fees and other related charges are approved by the RWU Board of Trustees annually.  RWU faculty and staff have designed and adapted many aspects of the traditional campus experiences and classroom instruction for our students, all of which factor into our cost and pricing decisions for the university and its program inclusive of School of Law and University College programs. RWU continues to make significant investments in technology, training, and safety and health resources, which have been made available to ensure the continued quality educational experience for our students, whether in person or remotely accessed. Consistent with our past policies, tuition and mandatory fees will not be adjusted based on the instructional method and/or mode of academic delivery or any other changes or disruptions that may occur during the academic year such as adjustments to instructional content, schedules or the duration of the semester, inability to access Roger Williams University-maintained facilities, or cancellation of activities, events, services or programs. Tuition and mandatory fees will not be refunded in whole or in part for any reason, except as expressly provided for under the refund policy [https://www.rwu.edu/who-we-are/administrative-offices/bursar/resources-forms/policies-bursar/refund-policy]. By paying the tuition and mandatory fees, the student and anyone paying tuition on their behalf acknowledges and accepts these terms.


Withdrawal/Refund Policy
Fall and Spring Semesters
Before the first day of class:100% of tuition, room, board and fees
Within the first week:100% of tuition, forfeit 1 week room & board
Within the second week:80% of tuition, room, board
Within the third week:60% of tuition, room, board; fees non-refundable
Within the fourth week:50% of tuition, room, board; fees non-refundable
Within the fifth week:40% of tuition, room, board; fees non-refundable
After the fifth week:No refund
Winter Intersession and Summer Sessions
Prior to first class meeting:100% of tuition and fees
Prior to second class meeting:50% of tuition
Prior to third class meeting:25% of tuition
After third class meeting:No refund

Any applicable credit to reduce tuition charges for students who leave the University will be granted upon presentation of the approved and signed Withdrawal from the University form or the Withdrawal from a Course form in accordance with the above schedule.

Any outstanding balance on a student's account is deducted from the tuition credit. All fees are for a full semester and are not refundable once class has started. Students who are suspended or expelled from the University during the academic year are responsible for all charges related to the semester in which the suspension or expulsion occurred. Any credits that result in a refund to the student's account, as authorized by the Office of the Bursar, will require approximately three weeks for processing.

Application Fee 

This $55 fee is payable at the time when prospective candidates file the application for admission. It is non-refundable and is not credited toward tuition.

Multiple Sibling Tuition Discount 

Statement of Purpose:
Roger Williams University and Roger Williams University School of Law recognize that the increasing cost of higher education has a serious impact on the ability of potential students to further their education; and this is especially true where there is more than one college-age child within a family.  The cost often impedes a student and his or her family from considering their top choice college/university.  In an effort to allow potential students and their families to have access to and the choice of considering Roger Williams University and the Roger Williams School of Law, the University has established a tuition discount in situations in which multiple siblings attend the University and/or the Law School.

If two or more siblings or step-siblings from a blended family are enrolled simultaneously as full-time students at Roger Williams University as undergraduate or graduate students, and/or at the Roger Williams University School of Law, a tuition discount will be granted to the students.  The siblings must have been accepted for admission to one or more of the component parts of the University or the Law School in accordance with all normal admission standards. 

The tuition discount rate for siblings enrolled full-time at the University or Law School is as follows:

i.  One student enrolled – no discount
ii. Two students enrolled – 10% discount for each student
iii. Three students enrolled – 10% discount for the first two students; 20% discount for the third student
iv. Four or more students enrolled - 10% discount for the first two students; 20% discount for the third student; 25% discount for each of the fourth and any additional students

—The discount shall be applied in order of the year of enrollment of each sibling (i.e., first to enroll as an undergraduate, graduate or law school student) and the discount shall continue to be applied based upon continuous years of enrollment at the University/School of Law.  If a sibling has a break of one academic year or more (either within a degree program or moving from one degree to another), his/her date of enrollment for purposes of this policy shall re-set.

—In the event of a discount involving more than two siblings with the same date of enrollment, the higher discount rate shall apply to the lesser tuition cost.

Siblings are eligible for tuition discount before the age of twenty–four (24) for the undergraduate program and before the age of twenty-six (26) for the graduate program and the School of Law.  The tuition discount for students shall be terminated at the end of the semester in which the student reaches the age of 24 or 26, as the case may be.

Any financial aid awarded to a sibling would reflect the discount prior to being awarded the financial aid. (This applies to all full tuition scholarships only.)

The discount shall not be applied retroactively, and cannot be combined with any other published tuition discounts.

This policy does not apply to fees and other charges.

The Bursar shall demand adequate proof that a student is eligible for the sibling tuition discount.  In most cases the required proof would be a copy of a birth certificate or proof of adoption.

Full-time Enrollment – This policy applies to siblings enrolled full-time (12 credits minimum) in an undergraduate day program leading to a Bachelor’s Degree; full-time (9 credits minimum) in a graduate program leading to a Master’s Degree; and full-time (12 credits minimum) in a School of Law program leading to a Juris Doctorate.

Sibling – One or more individuals having at least one common parent, either biological or legally adopted.

Step Sibling – One or more individuals from a blended family who reside in the same household.

Family – In addition to the standard definition of a nuclear family or a single-parent family, for the purposes of this policy, a family may consist of a situation in which one or more siblings reside with one parent, and one or more siblings reside with another parent; or one or more siblings reside in the care of a third party.

Blended Family – A blended family consists of a situation in which siblings of one parent are not related in a biological or adopted way with siblings of another parent, although all siblings reside in the same household.


Upon Enrollment Reservation
This non-refundable $200 is payable when a candidate receives a letter of acceptance from the University. This reserves admission at the University and may be refunded to new students prior to May 1st.

Housing Reservation Deposit
This non-refundable $350 deposit is payable when returning students have submitted a completed and signed application for student housing and the housing contract is confirmed. New students (first-year and transfers) must return this deposit with their application for student housing. The deposit may be refunded to new students prior to May 1st. This deposit reserves a room and is credited towards housing.

Residential Damage Deposits
Undergraduates living in University housing are required to pay a $350 damage deposit annually. The damage deposit will be credited to the student's account after the end of the school year, following inspection of the premises and credit verification by the Office of Student Life. Normally, deposit credits are applied to reduce the next semester charges. However, refunds for credits resulting in credit balances for non-returning students may be made after deductions have been made for any unpaid charges on the student's account. Requests for refunds must be submitted online or in writing to the Office of the Bursar. Authorized refunds require approximately three weeks to be processed after the request is received.

Payment of Charges & Registration for Courses 

One-half of the annual fees listed above are payable before the beginning of each semester, July 1st for the Fall and Summer Semesters and January 2nd for the Spring and Winter Semesters. Payment may be made in cash or personal check in person at the Bursar's Office. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and electronic checking/savings account payments may be made through the RWU Student Account Center hosted by Nelnet Campus Commerce. The University considers each student responsible for payment of all charges. Obligations that are not paid in full by the above due dates will be payable upon demand and assessed a $315 late fee.

Students shall not be permitted to register for the next semester's classes until all outstanding balances for the current semester have been paid in full. A student is considered registered only when all prior balances, present tuition, and all other charges for the semester have been paid in full. Roger Williams University reserves the right to cancel registration for delinquent payments, partial payment or non-payment. Outstanding balances are subject to a 1% per month interest charge. Students are responsible for all collection costs incurred by the University with respect to their delinquent accounts.

Registration for returning students occurs during November for the spring semester and during late March/early April for the following fall semester.

As early as possible, students and families needing financial information or assistance in financing a Roger Williams University education are urged to contact the Financial Aid Office at 1-401-254-3100.

Payment Options 

Roger Williams University understands that families look for as many options as possible to make financing an education more convenient and affordable. Nelnet Campus Commerce offers several valuable options. (Nelnet recently acquired Tuition Management Systems.) The available options are described below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact: Nelnet Campus Commerce at 1-800-349-0208 or the Offices of the Bursar, Student Financial Aid, or Admissions.

Interest-Free Monthly Payment Option

The Interest-Free Monthly Payment Option, the most popular plan at the University, enables families to extend all or part of their tuition, room, board, and fees over 5 equal monthly payments per term. This eliminates the need to make lump sum payments at the start of each semester. One of the major benefits of this option is that there are no interest charges. For detailed information about the payment plans, contact Nelnet Campus Commerce (Nelnet) at 1-800-349-0208 or afford.com. Those interested in payment plan options should determine the cost of attending the University for the coming semester, subtract all net financial aid received (not including Federal Work-Study), and budget the balance through Nelnet Campus Commerce.

The first payment for the fall is due on July 1 (five equal payments) and the first payment for the spring is due on December 1 (five equal payments). The Plan is very flexible, allowing participants to increase or decrease their budget amount as needed. The per term enrollment fee for the Payment Plan option is $40.

Posting of Loan and Outside Scholarship Proceeds
Payments from outside sources (e.g. state scholarship offices) will be credited to student accounts as the funds are received and recorded by the University.

Questions regarding student account information should be directed to the Office of the Bursar (401) 254-3520.

—Regular Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
—Summer Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Questions regarding financial aid and the above mentioned loan programs should be directed to the Office of Student Financial Aid and Financial Planning (401) 254-3100.

Tuition Insurance 

Protect the investment you’ve made in higher education.

We believe it’s important to offer an easy, affordable way to protect the investment your family has made in higher education. That’s why RWU has negotiated with GradGuard™ to provide our families with tuition insurance by Allianz Global Assistance featuring special plans and rates not available to the general public.

This coverage expands the scope of our refund policy by ensuring reimbursement for tuition, room and board and other fees for covered withdrawals at any time during the semester. Plans also include Student Life Assistance: a 24-hour emergency hotline that offers students and parents even greater peace of mind.

Learn more about tuition insurance

Change of Address 

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