Program Costs

In terms of costs, there would be no difference in tuition rates and fees for Rider students participating in Washington Semester Program.  In addition, Rider students are required to purchase American University student health insurance for the period of their study at American University. Rider students can waive this requirement if they can show proof of coverage under individual or family health insurance.  American University will direct Rider students requiring medical assistance to American University’s student health facilities and, if necessary, other appropriate facilities.  All students are responsible for any medical expenses not covered by American Univerity’s student health insurance plan.

Cost comparison estimates are listed below and are based on Fall 2013 Rider and American University tuition/charges for residential students. For instance, if a residential student chooses a program without a travel component the average difference between attending Rider on a full-time basis and the WSP program would be approximately $2,599 more to attend the Semester in DC program; for non-residential students at Rider the difference is about $8,050 more than attending Rider. 

Further, students are billed their tuition directly by Rider and housing is billed via American University.  The $400 deposit is paid directly to American University. Exiting students must meet with an Rider Financial Aid officer prior to departure regarding billing and payment procedures during their period at Washington Semester Program.

 

Estimated Budget                                 

Item 

Amount

Rider Tuition (Fall 2013)

$17,280.00

Rider University Tech Fee

$210.00

American University Fees

$271.42

Textbooks & Materials

$400.00

Housing (Double Room)

$4,733.00

Meals (150 block plan)

$2,357.00

Local Transportation

$750.00

Transportation to DC

$350.00

Health Insurance

$650.00

Personal Expenses

$2,300.00

Subtotal

$29,301.43

 

Estimated Additional Fees for Programs With Travel Component
(in addition to tuition) 

Travel

$5,000.00

Passport

$225.00

Meals on Trip

$575.00

Visa Fees

$250.00

Preventive Medical

$425.00

Subtotal

$6,475.00

Total (w travel)

$35,776.40

 

Estimated Comparison

Rider-Residential Student

 

Rider Tuition (Spring 2013)

$17,280.00

Tech fee

$210.00

Housing

$4,120.00

Housing Deposit -- Spring only

$200.00

Meals

$2,330.00

Student Activities Fee

$145.00

Textbooks & materials

$800.00

Personal expenses

$1,800.00

Total

$26,885.00

Difference

($2,416.43)

 

Rider Commuter Student

 

Rider Tuition (Spring 2013)

$17,280.00

Tech fee

$210.00

Housing

 

Housing Deposit--Spring only

Meals

$1,000.00

Student Activities Fee

$145.00

Textbooks & materials

$780.00

Personal expenses

$1,500.00

Total

$20,915.00

Difference

($8,049.18)

 

1 Costs do not include additional expenses such as personal expenses ($200-$500), social/cultural activities, passport costs ($200), meals other than planned ($400-$500), visa fees ($10-$200), preventive medical treatment ($150-$400)