Financial Policies

Tuition, Fees + Supplies

Tuition
Tuition costs are listed with each course description. To determine if you qualify for a discount, see “Discounts + Reimbursements,” below.

Special Fees
Any lab (laboratory), model, loom, studio, or materials fee appears with the course description and must be paid at the time of registration. They are nonrefundable after the first class and are not subject to discount.

Supplies + Books
Students must purchase materials or books for some courses. Supply lists are usually distributed during the first class. When necessary, a supply list for the first class is printed on registration statements. See Campus Resources for locations of supply stores on campus.

Discounts + Reimbursements

Tuition Reimbursement
Students who receive tuition reimbursement from their employer may request an unofficial transcript from RISD|CE confirming completion of a course or courses. Students should mail or fax their written request indicating their employer’s full address; or come to the CE office and fill out a request in person.

Veterans
Veterans should consult with the Veterans Administration Regional Office to verify their benefits. A Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from the VA confirming benefits must accompany the student’s registration form.

Discounts
Senior Citizens (age 65+)
RISD|CE Certificate Graduates (Adult)
RISD Alumni
RISD Matriculated Students
RISD Museum Members

Tuition discounts are available to senior citizens (ages 65+), RISD|CE Adult Certificate Graduates, RISD alumni, RISD matriculated students, and RISD Museum members. The online registration system will automatically apply the discount to eligible registrants. The discount will not apply to special costs such as transportation, admittance fees, and so forth. Discounts are not transferable to family members. Also, these discounts apply only once; that is, if a senior citizen is also an alumnus, the discount is still 10 percent. These discounts apply to the current semester only and are not retroactive. The discount does not apply to special fees.

Financial Aid

In the Fall and Spring terms, partial financial aid may be available to students who demonstrate significant need. Preference is given to applicants who are enrolling in certificate or Young Artist programs and are in good standing with the college. Awards are limited and the amounts vary based on the quantity of qualified applications received. When granted, award amounts usually offset a portion of the tuition for one course only. Occasionally, awards are granted to qualified non-certificate applicants if funds remain available. To obtain a financial aid form, contact the RISD|CE office at 401 454-6200 or at cemail@risd.edu.

Add/Drop

Adding a Course
You may add a course online, or in person (or by mail or fax if tuition/fees are being paid by a third party) any time prior to the start of the course as long as space is available. Courses meeting for 18 or more hours can be added up until the second class meeting by contacting an Enrollment Assistant at 401 454-6200. Tuition is not prorated for any missed classes.

Withdrawing from a Course
Withdrawals from courses must be received in writing at the CE office by the stated deadline.
Failure to properly withdraw from a course results in a permanent grade of “F” on your record and the loss of any potential refund.

Withdrawals should be addressed to:
Associate Director for Enrollment + Operations
cemail@risd.edu
The refund policy and the policy for withdrawing from special events are detailed in “Refunds,” below.

Refunds

To obtain a refund, submit written notification of withdrawal to the Associate Director for Enrollment + Operations in the RISD|CE office in person or by mail or fax. Refunds are based on tuition only, and are calculated according to the date the notification is received in the RISD|CE office, or if mailed, according to the date of the postmark. There is a $15 processing fee per course for all withdrawals. Special fees are not refundable after the first class.
Failure to complete a course does not constitute official withdrawal, nor does notification of withdrawal to the instructor.

In some cases, an instructor may determine that a student has not successfully met prerequisites and recommend an alternative course of study. If notice of this recommended withdrawal is provided to the student in writing on the date of the first class session, the student should immediately bring that notice to the CE office to receive a full refund.

Processing refunds takes two to four weeks. Refunds of MasterCard or VISA charges are credited to the account that was charged. We do not retain credit card information; therefore, we may need to request your credit card information again in order to issue you a refund.
Tuition refunds are calculated according to the following scale, minus a $15 withdrawal processing fee.

Courses meeting 36 hours
Withdrawal notification received in the RISD|CE Office or postmarked:
Before the First Class Session: 100% refund
Before the Second Class: 80% refund
Before the Third Class: 60% refund
Before the Fourth Class: 40% refund
Before the Fifth Class: 20% refund
After the Fifth Class: no refund

Courses meeting 15-35 hours
Withdrawal notification received in the RISD|CE Office or postmarked:
Before the First Class Session: 100% refund
Before the Second Class: 80% refund
Before the Third Class: 30% refund
After the Third Class: no refund

Courses meeting 14 hours or less AND including travel
Withdrawal notification received in the RISD|CE office or postmarked:
10 business days before the event: 100% refund
9 or fewer business days before the event: no refund

Courses meeting 14 hours or less NOT including travel
Withdrawal notification received in the RISD|CE office or postmarked:
5 business days before the event: 100% refund
4 or fewer business days before the event: no refund

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