Info for Families

Welcome and congratulations on your student’s success. We look forward to getting to know you better over the coming years and urge you to start getting to know us by reviewing the information on this site.

Stay on top of things

There’s a lot your student needs to do before they arrive and many ways you can help them transition to life at RISD. Remind them to check their email frequently (for updates from and the incoming student portal (to complete required forms) and refer to this site for the bigger picture regarding upcoming events, next steps and information about life at RISD.

Tuition and student accounts

Student Financial Services (SFS) works with students and parents to reach the shared goal of preparing and educating creative individuals who aspire to make a meaningful contribution to our world. Our staff is here to help you seek, obtain and make the best use of all resources available to help finance the costs of attending RISD.

Students can view charges, review financial aid and schedule payments via Workday (select options in the Student Accounts header). Your student can also provide access to friends and family within Workday. This allows anyone approved for access to view the student’s account. Once granted access, authorized friends and family will receive monthly reminders to review the account in addition to important billing reminders. 

Shipping and moving in

As you’re helping your student prep for their move, please take a look at our information on packing and shipping, getting to RISD, housing and dining, and exploring Providence.

For various shipping and move-in dates, please refer to our first-year, transfer and Brown | RISD Dual Degree incoming student calendars. Specific times for moving in to RISD housing will be specified as part of the detailed orientation schedules (and will be shared in the summer).

Health care and confidentiality

Families are a vital part of a student’s wellness support system and we value the role you’ll continue to play in their health and success. 

At the same time, it’s important to note that while at RISD your student will be afforded the benefits of confidential health care. Under Rhode Island privacy laws and federal HIPAA regulations, all student health records are confidential and cannot be discussed without clear documented permission from the student, except in serious circumstances.

To view the Health Requirements at RISD, please visit the Health Services website

Accommodations in Providence

If you’re planning to travel to Providence, be sure to consider booking your accommodations through RISD’s travel portal where you’ll find discounted rates for RISD affiliates. Additionally, be sure to check out our guide for traveling to and around Providence.

Info for international families

If your student is coming to RISD from overseas and you have questions about visas and travel, please be sure to review our information for international students.

RISD Families Association

As a family member of a RISD student, you are also a member of the RISD Families Association. There are many ways to get involved—from volunteering to giving to advocacy. Regardless of how you participate, you play a pivotal role in shaping the RISD experience.

Reach out to our Institutional Advancement team about additional opportunities to join the Leadership Council or serve on committees focused on international family engagement, life after RISD, etc.


Getting here

Conveniently situated on I-95 between Boston and New York, Providence is easy to reach. For those traveling to and from campus by air, the nearest airports are Rhode Island’s Green Airport and Boston Logan International. Once here, you’ll find a walkable city that’s a breeze to navigate and offers a range of transportation options, several of which are free to RISD students.