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Tuition and Fees

Updated: 6/10/15

The following tuition and fees schedule is effective for the 2015–16 academic year. Tuition and fees are subject to change annually. 

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition is applicable to all students, including those in approved off-campus programs such as study abroad and internships. Students enrolled in courses in excess of a normal full-time schedule will be assessed an additional tuition charge. For purposes of tuition billing and financial aid eligibility, full-time status is determined on a term basis and consists of 12 to 21 quarter credit hours per term. Students carrying more than 21 quarter credit hours will be charged for each quarter credit over 21. When repeating courses already attempted, students may be assessed a fee for those courses. Students are assessed tuition upon course registration each term. Summer is considered a separate term. The quarter credit hour rate is $541. 

Tuition Fee
Annual Tuition$29,226
Orientation Fee$350
Student Health Insurance$1,455
Room Only*
Apt. 1$12,534
Apt. 2$10,887
Tier 1$8,889
Tier 2 and Cooperative$7,950
Tier 3$6,990
Meal Plans**
7 meals per week/$300 annual flex dollars (apartment style living only)$2,034
10 meals per week/$600 annual flex dollars$3,075
14 meals per week/$600 annual flex dollars$4,065
18 meals per week/$300 annual flex dollars$4,236

Room Only is for the academic year and includes residence hall accommodations, but does not include meals. For more information contact Residential Life at 401-598-1141. 


Meal Plans, in addition to denoted meals, include pre-determined flex dollars that may be redeemed for supplementary food items at campus facilities, for example, Starbucks and Liberty Market. 

Wildcat Meals

Students may purchase blocks of meals through our Wildcat Meals plan. Wildcat meals may be used at any time and as many times as the student wishes during the academic year. Meals are bought in blocks and can be purchased online

All of the meals must be used before the end of the academic year in which they are purchased. The cost of the plan is nonrefundable. 

50 meal block$388
25 meal block$194
25 meal block/$50 flex dollars$244
10 meal block$78
Meal price paid at the door$8

Reservation Fee and Other Fees

Reservation Fee

The $300 reservation fee is payable upon acceptance to the university. The university observes the May 1 reservation fee/deposit deadline and encourages students to research all schools before placing a reservation fee. Reservation fees received after May 1, 2015 will be accepted on the basis of space availability. Reservation fees received prior to May 1, 2015 are refundable. Students must also have an approved payment plan with Student Academic & Financial Services by July 17, 2015 to guarantee a room assignment. Students who establish an approved payment plan after July 17, 2015 could be placed in a temporary assignment regardless of fee payment date, although Residential Life will make every effort to assign students to permanent room assignments.

Requests for refunds of the reservation fee will be granted upon written request to the university prior to May 1, 2015. After May 1, 2015 the reservation fee of $300 (or $150 of such fee in the case of applicants to the North Miami Campus) is nonrefundable.

Orientation Fee

This nonrefundable fee, which is uniformly charged, is required of all new students for orientation and term start activities. It is charged to students who start during the fall, winter or spring term.

Medical Health Coverage While Enrolled

All registered undergraduate day students, both domestic and international; all students enrolled in the physician assistant degree program; and all international graduate and doctoral students attending Johnson & Wales University are required to have health insurance coverage that is accepted in the United States. If students have health insurance coverage through other means (i.e., parent’s health insurance or an employer program), they do not have to enroll in the Johnson & Wales student health insurance plan. They can opt out of/waive the university plan by submitting the online waiver form to demonstrate evidence of coverage. A new waiver form must be submitted each academic year. Students who are required to have health insurance and do not waive the Johnson & Wales University plan will be charged for it. The online waiver form and details of the plan, including the full brochure and benefit flyer, can be found on the Health Services page of the JWU Handbook.

Graduate Tuition

The following tuition and fees schedules are effective for the 2015–16 academic year for programs at the Providence and Denver campuses. Tuition and fees are subject to change annually.

Tuition Fee
MBA Program Providence$1,899 per course
Additional Fee Online Providence$108 per course
Ed.D. Program$4,830 per course
Dissertation Fee$1,512 per semester
MBA Program Denver$2,007 per course
Student Health Insurance $1,455

The distribution formula for the institutional refund to the Federal Student Financial Aid program will be calculated according to federal regulations. Any refund due will be issued within 45 days after the date that the university was first notified of the withdrawal.

If a student terminates during

  • the first or second week of the term, the university will credit 90 percent of the term charges. If eligible, all institutional aid/scholarships for that term will be adjusted to 10 percent.
  • the third or fourth week of the term, the university will credit 50 percent of the term charges. If eligible, all institutional aid/scholarships for that term will be adjusted to 50 percent.
  • the fifth or sixth week of the term, the university will credit 25 percent of the term charges. If eligible, all institutional aid/scholarships for that term will be adjusted to 75 percent.

After the sixth week of the term, students will be responsible for 100 percent of the term charges and will receive 100 percent of that term’s eligible institutional aid and scholarships.

Examples of university refund policies are available upon request in Student Academic & Financial Services.

University Enrollment Dispute
If a student leaves the university due to extenuating circumstances without officially withdrawing, they may submit a university enrollment dispute within 30 days after the end of the term in dispute. No withdrawal disputes will be considered after that time. The student must present supporting documentation that demonstrates serious and compelling reasons justifying the withdrawal, and extenuating circumstances justifying its retroactive nature. No adjustments to tuition and fees or financial aid will be made until the dispute is researched and either approved or denied. Decisions will be made within 10 business days and the student will receive notification via an email sent to the email address they provided on the dispute form.

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