Tuition and Fees

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

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.

Annual Tuition $39,792
New Student Fee* $416
Student Activity Fee $200
Uniform & Toolkit Fee (College of Food Innovation & Technology)** $376
Uniform & Toolkit Fee (Dietetics & Applied Nutrition)** $230
Wildcat LEAP Fee*** $8,480
New International Student Services Fee**** $1,386
Student Health Insurance $2,668
Nursing (Accelerated 2nd Degree Bachelor of Science) $61,000 (fall 2023 cohort)
Room Only
Block A $13,600
Block B $12,944
Block C $12,176
Meal Plans
18 meals per week/$300 annual flex dollars $5,356
14 meals per week/$600 annual flex dollars $5,176
Professional Craft Brewing Certificate $371 per credit hour ($1,113 per 3 credit course)
Postbaccalaureate Pre-Medical & Pre-Health Professions Program $495 per credit hour ($1,485 per 3 credit class)
Course Fees
HOSP3085 & TRVL3035 $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) and Dietetics & Applied Nutrition 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.


Wildcat LEAP (Learning Effectiveness in Action Program) is a fee-based educational program designed to develop specific strategies to enhance learning. The program includes one-on-one support, small group instruction, and a three-credit course available only to LEAP participants. Please refer to Student Support Services to learn more about the program.


Providence Campus international students will be assessed an International Student Services Fee of $1,386 per academic year or $693 per semester. The fee will cover necessary services that are used exclusively or more intensely to support international students. These resources include, but are not limited to, temporary housing services, tutoring and other academic support services, visa and federal government reporting requirements, enhanced arrival services, and sponsored programs offered to international students on campus.  

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

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. Meals are bought in blocks and can be purchased online. 

All 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 $517.00
25 meal block $260.00
25 meal block/$50 flex dollars $310.00
10 meal block $105.00
Meal price paid at the door $11.25

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.

Graduate Tuition

The following estimated tuition and fees schedules are effective for the 2023-24 academic year. Tuition and fees are subject to change annually.

MBA Program $842 per credit
MBA Program $2,526 per 3 credit course
M.S. Programs $774 per credit
M.S. Programs $2,322 per 3 credit course
M.A.T./M.Ed. $572 per credit
M.A.T./M.Ed. $1,716 per 3 credit course
Physician Assistant Studies* $17,526 per semester
Physician Assistant Studies Fee $1,219 per semester
Ed.D. Program $993 per credit
Ed.D. Program $5,958 per 6 credit course
Dissertation Fee $1,903 per semester
Doctorate in Occupational Therapy $14,345 per semester
Doctorate in Occupational Therapy Fee $552 per semester
International Student Services Fee, Providence** $1,386 ($693 per semester)
Pre-Master's International Students $5,250 per semester
Student Health Insurance (if applicable) TBD

Please note that the program runs a full 24-month span, including summer semester. For more information regarding the Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program, please see the PA website.


Providence Campus international students will be assessed an International Student Fee of $1,386 per academic year (or $693 per semester). The fee covers necessary services that are used exclusively or more intensely to support international students. These resources include, but are not limited to, temporary housing services, tutoring and other academic support services, visa and federal government reporting requirements, enhanced arrival services activities, and sponsored programs offered to international students across campus.

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; a housing and food allowance for off-campus students; allowances for books and supplies, transportation, personal expenses and federal loan fees. If applicable, the COA may also include on-campus housing, dependent care, disability expenses, cost of a personal computer, or fees for an applicable eligible study-abroad program.

Reservation Fee

The following reservation fees are required upon acceptance to the university:

  • $100 Domestic graduate 
  • $500 Nursing (Accelerated 2nd Degree Bachelor of Science) 
  • $500 Pre-Master's
  • $500 International graduate
  • $500 Doctoral (Ed.D. and OTD)
  • $1,000 Physician Assistant (M.S.P.A.S.)