Tuition and Fees

The following estimated tuition and fees schedule is effective for the 2023–24 academic year and is subject to change annually.

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 semester basis and consists of 12 to 18 credit hours per semester. Students carrying more than 18 credit hours will be charged for each credit over 18, unless they meet eligibility for the Special Honors and Rewards Program (SHARP). When repeating courses already attempted, students may be assessed a fee for those courses. Students are assessed tuition upon course registration each semester. Summer is considered a separate term. The semester credit hour rate is $1,105 per credit. 

Statement Regarding Tuition & Fees

Solely for avoidance of doubt, the tuition and fees students pay the university will not be discounted, irrespective of any changes in the manner or mode of learning or changes to any activities, events or programs (including revision, postponement or cancellation of same) at any time during the academic year; the manner or mode of learning could include on-ground learning, remote learning, or a combination of the two; it could include fewer classes or restructured classes; and it could include changes mid-semester (as just a few examples of possible changes). Please understand that the university, like other schools, is subject to multiple factors outside of its control, including effects stemming from the pandemic and applicable local, state and federal law and guidance related to the pandemic, which factors could significantly alter, limit or curtail our operations.

Tuition Fee
Annual Tuition $39,792
New Student Fee* $416
Student Activity Fee $200
Uniform & Toolkit Fee (College of Food Innovation and Technology)** $376
Student Health Insurance $2,668
Block C $12,176
Block D $10,758
Meal Plans***
18 meals per week/$150 annual flex dollars $4,644 (includes $4,290 + $354 N.C. meal tax)
14 meals per week/$150 annual flex dollars $4,406 (includes $4,070 + $336 N.C. meal tax)
Course Fees
HOSP3085 $750

The new student fee is charged the first semester of enrollment and is not applicable to international students. 


Students enrolled in the College of Food Innovation & Technology (CFIT) will be assessed a nonrefundable Uniform & Toolkit Fee during the first two semesters of enrollment. This fee ensures students in these programs begin their college careers with the same professional appearance and educational materials needed for a successful academic experience.


Meal plans, in addition to denoted meals, include pre-determined flex dollars that may be redeemed for supplementary food items at a campus dining facility.

Wildcat Meals

Students may purchase blocks of meals through our Wildcat Meal plan. Wildcat Meals may be used at any time and as many times as the student wishes during the academic year. Meal blocks can be purchased at the student's campus dining facility.

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 $450
25 meal block $250
10 meal block $110
Meal price paid at the door
Breakfast Rate $10
Lunch/Dinner Rate $14
Wildcat Wednesday Rate $12
All meal blocks will incur an additional 8.25% meal tax

Reservation Deposit and Other Fees

Reservation Deposit

The $300 reservation deposit for U.S. citizens, or $500 for international applicants, is payable upon acceptance to the university and is credited towards the student's tuition. The university observes the May 1 reservation deposit deadline and encourages students to research all schools before placing a reservation deposit. Reservation deposits received after May 1, 2023, will be accepted on the basis of space availability. It is important for students to meet all deadlines throughout the enrollment process and have an approved payment plan with Student Financial Services by the established due date to best ensure consideration for on-campus housing. 

Reservation fees are nonrefundable with the exception of international applicants who have their visa denied and who request a reservation deposit refund within two months of the visa denial will be allowed the refund.

New Student Fee

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

Student Activity Fee

The student activity fee provides funds for student clubs, organizations and departments that serve to provide a rich and varied co-curricular experience. This fund is managed by the Student Government Association and used to support programs and services such as comedy shows, concerts, lectures, movies, special events, travel, and club and organization appropriations. Activities may vary by campus.

Medical Health Coverage While Enrolled

All undergraduate day students, both domestic and international, all international graduate/doctoral students, and any graduate student required to be enrolled under programmatic requirements (e.g., students enrolled in the Physician Assistant Program, on-campus Occupational Therapy Program, Addiction Counseling or Clinical Mental Health Counseling master's degree programs, etc.), registered and attending Johnson & Wales University and taking credit hours (excluding full-time Johnson & Wales employees) are eligible and enrolled in the plan on a hard waiver basis. Whether a student is “registered” and “attending” shall be determined exclusively by Johnson & Wales University. 

If university policy requires students to have health insurance and the coverage is through another means (i.e., parent's health insurance or an employer program), the student does not have to utilize the university student health insurance plan and may opt out of/waive it. All current insurance must be accepted and fully comprehensive for all of the student's needs in the U.S. and the state in which the student attends class. Students 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 University Health Plans website.

Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is the estimated total amount it will cost a student to attend JWU each year. The COA includes tuition and fees; on-campus housing (or a housing and food allowance for off-campus students); and allowances for books and supplies, transportation, personal expenses, and federal loan fees. If applicable, the COA may also include dependent care, disability expenses, cost of a personal computer, or fees for an applicable eligible study-abroad program.