Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Johnson & Wales University Providence is $31,158 for the 2018/2019 academic year. This is 13% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $28,471. The cost is 8% cheaper than the average Rhode Island tuition of $34,891 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 4th in Rhode Island amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 7th most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $350 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $31,508.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $13,809 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Providence should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,500.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,409 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,409 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to Johnson & Wales University-Providence was $49,226 for the 2018/2019 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of Rhode Island residence status as there is no in-state discount.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 IPEDS survey response for Johnson & Wales University Providence and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Johnson & Wales University Providence
Estimated Budgets
Rhode Island Resident Total Budget $49,226
   In-State Tuition$31,158
   Other Fees$350
   Room and Board$13,809
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,409
   Books and Supplies$1,500
Non-Resident Total Budget $49,226
   Out-of-State Tuition$31,158
   Other Fees$350
   Room and Board$13,809
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,409
   Books and Supplies$1,500


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $49,226 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Johnson & Wales University-Providence net price for in-state students is $25,972* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

99% of Johnson & Wales University Providence students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $14,722. 39 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,468. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Johnson & Wales University Providence, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Johnson & Wales University Providence
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$25,972*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid99%
Average Total Grant Aid$14,722
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants39%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,468

Average Net Price by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$21,831
$30,001 to $48,000$22,452
$48,001 to $75,000$24,141
$75,001 to $110,000$25,743

Average Financial Aid Mix - $49,226 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $49,226. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 31% - $14,722

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Johnson & Wales University Providence or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 14% - $6,348

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 55% -  $25,747

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at Johnson & Wales University Providence.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at Johnson & Wales University-Providence is $196,904 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $26,027 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $104,108**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $246,130 or $130,135 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Johnson & Wales University Providence are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Johnson & Wales University Providence
Price per credit hour$212
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$636
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$848


Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 90% of Johnson & Wales University Providence students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,348.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Johnson & Wales University Providence? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $104,108, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $129,174.15. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Johnson & Wales University Providence. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 99% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $26,027. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Johnson & Wales University Providence student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Johnson & Wales University Providence Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$1,076.45
Amount Borrowed$104,108.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$25,066.15
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$129,174.15

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Johnson & Wales University-Providence? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Johnson & Wales University Providence, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $129,174.15 would be needed to afford a $1,076.45 monthly payment in the example $104,108.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Johnson & Wales University Providence in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $26,112 to $31,158. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 3.9%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current 4 year cost of $196,904.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Johnson & Wales University Providence.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$67,697$270,789
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$86,401$345,603
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $110,272$441,087
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $127,653$510,613

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Johnson & Wales University Providence to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Culinary Arts/Chef Training Associate's Degree 521 141% costlier
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef Associate's Degree 217 101% costlier
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 211 27% costlier
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General Bachelor's Degree 194 45% costlier
Hospitality Administration/Management, Other Bachelor's Degree 136 22% costlier
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 99 33% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 68 128% costlier
General Merchandising, Sales, and Related Marketing Operations, Other Bachelor's Degree 41 31% costlier
Fashion Merchandising Associate's Degree 39 73% costlier
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management Associate's Degree 35 124% costlier
Computer Graphics Bachelor's Degree 33 38% costlier
Engineering, Other Bachelor's Degree 31 10% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Associate's Degree 29 153% costlier
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 26 19% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other Associate's Degree 25 123% costlier
Hospitality and Recreation Marketing Operations Bachelor's Degree 23 28% costlier
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Associate's Degree 17 133% costlier
Accounting Associate's Degree 17 143% costlier
Computer Programming/Programmer, General Associate's Degree 17 165% costlier
Advertising Associate's Degree 15 93% costlier
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 15 54% costlier
Drafting/Design Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other Associate's Degree 12 79% costlier
Tourism Promotion Operations Associate's Degree 11 63% costlier
Computer Software Engineering Bachelor's Degree 8 27% costlier
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General Associate's Degree 8 167% costlier
Robotics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 8 129% costlier
Equestrian/Equine Studies Associate's Degree 7 116% costlier
Finance, General Associate's Degree 7 122% costlier
Farm/Farm and Ranch Management Bachelor's Degree 6 9% costlier
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager Associate's Degree 6 138% costlier
Restaurant/Food Services Management Associate's Degree 4 101% costlier
Information Science/Studies Associate's Degree 4 122% costlier
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 3 143% costlier
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst Bachelor's Degree 1 71% costlier


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About Johnson & Wales University Providence

Johnson & Wales University Providence is a four year private college located in Providence, Rhode Island.  Full time enrollment is 8,666 and part time is 658. Learn more about getting accepted at Johnson & Wales University Providence at CollegeSimply.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Johnson & Wales University Providence
8 Abbott Park Place
Providence, Rhode Island

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Johnson & Wales University Providence is a private not for profit institution.

Johnson & Wales University Providence cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=217235 IPEDS survey data.