May 08, 2021  
2020 - 2021 Catalog 
2020 - 2021 Catalog

Fee Schedules and Payment Options

Listed below are tuition, room, and board fees for the 2020-201 academic year. The University reserves the right to change any of the following charges at the University’s discretion without prior notice. Additional charges may be applicable for specific areas of study. Questions concerning University charges should be directed to the Office of the Bursar at (401) 254-3520.

Admission Application Fee: This $50 fee is payable at the time when prospective candidates file the application for admission. It is non-refundable and is not credited toward tuition.

Upon Acceptance Enrollment Reservation:  To accept an offer of admission from the University, an enrollment reservation of $100 must be made.  It is non-refundable after June 1.

Housing Reservation Deposit:  Returning students who intend to reside in University housing must make a $350 housing deposit that is applied towards housing.  This deposit is non-refundable once a space is assigned or reserved.  For new students enrolling as a resident student, both the enrollment reservation and housing deposits should be submitted at the same time. The housing deposit is $200 and will be applied to the first room bill. It is non-refundable after June 1.

Residential Security Deposits: Undergraduates living in University housing are required to pay a $350 security deposit. The security 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 in writing to the Office of the Bursar. Authorized refunds require approxi­mately three weeks to be processed after the written request is received.

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:


  1. One student enrolled - no discount
  2. Two students enrolled - 10% discount for each student
  3. Three students enrolled - 10% discount for the first two students; 20% discount for the third student
  4. 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.

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.

Proof of Eligibility for Sibling Tuition Discount:

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 adoptedd way with siblings of another parent, although all siblings reside in the same household.

Academic Year 2020-2021 Undergraduate Tuition and Fees

Tuition: (12 - 19 credits per semester)  
Full-time Standard tuition $37,944
Full-time Engineering tuition 39,504
Full-time Architecture tuition 42,384
English as a Second Language (ESL) 18,972
Activity Fee/Yr. 330
*Health Insurance Fee/Yr. 2,012

* All full-time undergraduate and 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, students are required to decline the University’s insurance plan and provide information on their existing plan by completing the form available at: Fall waivers are due no later than August 15, 2020.


Traditional Residence Halls  
  Single $10,736
  Standard Occupancy 8,870
  2 Person Apartment (Shared Bedroom) 12,064
  3 Person Apartment (Shared Bedroom) 12,064
  4-6 Person Apartment (Shared Bedroom) 12,064
  5 Person Apartment (Private Bedroom) 13,232
  Private Apartment 13,954
  Double 9,006
  2 Person Apartment (Flats-Shared Bedroom) 12,064
  3 Person Apartment (Buildings-Shared Bedroom) 11,252
  4 Person Apartment (Shared Bedroom-Larger) 12,064
  4 Person Apartment (Shared Bedroom-Smaller) 11,252
  3 Person Townhouse (Shared Bedroom-Larger) 12,064
  3 Person Townhouse (Private Bedroom-Smaller) 13,232
North Campus  
  Suite-Single 11,130
  Suite-Double 9,252
  Apartment-Private 13,954
  Apartment-Shared 12,212
  Apartment - 3 Person 12,212

Meal Plan: (Mandatory for traditional residence halls, Baypoint and North Campus Suites and Optional for Almeida, Bayside, North Campus Apartments and commuter students.)



  230 Block


 Optional Meal Plans

  125 Block Plus 3,500
  Commuter Plan (15 meals plus $300 Hawk $) 1,016

Day students who have written authorization to take more than 19 credits (overload) will be charged for each additional credit over 19.  Each credit over 19 will be charged at $1,581 per credit.   Engineering students will be charged $1,646 per credit for credits over 19.  Architecture students will be charged $1,766 per credit for credits over 19. 

Students registering for more than 14 credits in the University College program will be charged the standard full-time tuition rate.

Other Charges and Fees:  
  Audit charge per course $460
  Room Security Deposit (Annually) 350
  Laboratory fee per course 350
  *Music lab/instrument and/or voice lessons on-campus 704
  **Music lab/instrument and/or voice lessons off-campus 944
  Late Payment Fee 315
  Parking Permit Fee 190
  Aesthetics Field Trip 50
  Architectural studio for non-architecture students per semester 2,355
  Non-classroom 3-credit summer or winter courses (including online, independent studies, external courses, internships, co-ops) 1,299
  * 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.  

Academic Semester 2020-2021 Graduate Tuition


School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation
(Master of Architecture) (Master of Science in Architecture)
  Per credit $1,634
  Three credit course 4,902
  12-19 credits 19,608
  Summer per credit 1,156
  Summer Studio per credit 1,622
(Master of Science in Historical Preservation)  
  Per credit 984
  Three credit course 2,952
School of Engineering, Computing and Contstruction Management  
(Master of Science in Contrsuction Management 1,084
             Per credit 3,252
             Three credit course  
Mario J. Gabelli School of Business
(Master of Business Administration)
  Per credit 984
  Three credit course 2,952
Feinstein School of Humanities, Arts and Education
(Master of Arts in Literacy)
(Middle School Endorsement-Certificate)
  Per credit 648
  Three credit course 1,944
Feinstein School of Social and  Natural Sciences
(Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology)
(Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology)
  Per credit 984
  Three credit course 2,952
School of Justice Studies
(Master of Science in Leadership) (Master of Public Administration)
(Leadership-Certificate) (Public Management-Certificate)
(Health Care Administration-Certificate)
  Per credit 648
  Three credit course 1,944
(Master of Science in Criminal Justice)
(Master of Cybersecurity)
(Cyber Security-Certificate)((Digital Forensics-Certificate)
  Per credit 984
  Three credit course 2,952
Graduate Semester Fees  
             Full-time Semester Fee (9 or more credits) 450
             Part-time Semester Fee (less than 9 credits) 150
             Online Semester Fee (online programs only) 135
Optional Graduate Fees  
             Health Services 200
             Recreation Center 50
             Parking Fee 90
Other Charges and Fees  
  Application Fee 50
  Registration Deposit 200
  Lab Fee (if applicable) 350
  Late Fee 315

Academic Semester 2020-2021 University College Tuition and Fees

Tuition: 3 credit course  
  Day Program course $4,743
  University College Program course 999
  Directed Seminar 1,299
  Online course 1,299
Other Charges and Fees:  
  Audit 460
  Semester Fee 70
  Lab Fee (if applicable) 350
  Late Fee 315
  Graduation Fee 285

Payment of Charges and Registration for Courses

One-half of the annual fees listed above are payable before the beginning of each semester, July 1st for the fall semester and January 2nd for the spring semester. Payment may be made by cash or personal check. MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express payments may be made through Tuition Management Systems/Nelnet. 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 April for the 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 Office of Student Financial Aid.

Payment Alternatives

Roger Williams University understands that families look for as many options as possible to make financing an education more convenient and affordable. Tuition Management Systems/Nelnet offers a wide array of valuable options. The available options are described below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact: Tuition Management Systems/Nelnet 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 five 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, call Tuition Management Systems/Nelnet (TMS) at 1-800-349-0208 or www. 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 TMS. If your monthly payment exceeds your ability to pay, the BorrowSmart option is available through TMS and can help you meet the cost of attendance by combining the Interest-Free Monthly Payment Option with a low-interest loan.

The first payment for the fall is due on July 1st (five equal payments) and the first payment for the spring semester is due on December 1st (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.

Federal Parent Plus Loan

(For U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents)

Plus Loans are available to the parents of undergraduate dependent students. The loan is credit-based and the amount borrowed can be up to the Cost of Attendance (COA) minus financial aid received. Plus loans may be deferred as long as the student attends on at least a half-time basis. Interest will accrue during the deferment period.

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.

Any questions regarding student account information should be directed to the Office of the Bursar (401) 254-3520, Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

Summer hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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

Student 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 []. By paying the tuition and mandatory fees, the student and anyone paying tuition on their behalf acknowledges and accepts these terms.

Fall and spring semesters

Before 1st day of class 100% of tuition, fees, room and board
Within 1st week 100% of tuition/forfeit one week room and board
Within 2nd week 80% of tuition, room and board
Within 3rd week 60% of tuition, room and board; fees non-refundable
Within 4th week 40% of tuition, room and board; fees non-refundable
After 4th week no refund

Intersession and Summer sessions

Prior to 1st class meeting 100% of tuition
Prior to second class meeting 50% of tuition
Prior to third class meeting 25% of tuition
After third class meeting no refund

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. Room and board charges are for a full semester and are not refundable. 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 resulting in a refund to the students account as authorized by the Office of the Bursar, will require approximately three weeks for processing.

The Office of the Bursar does not provide check-cashing services for students. All banking services required by students must be personally arranged with local banking facilities. The University does have ATM banking machines located in the Dining Commons, the Center for Student Development, Global Heritage Hall and the Roger Williams University Campus Recreation Center.

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. The form can be downloaded at You can also change your address on-line via myRWU.