Frequently Asked Questions
Many colleges and universities operate under a complex pricing model that provides substantial discounts to high tuition rates through scholarship and financial aid. It is often a confusing system that prevents many students from considering all their options.
With the fall 2021 change in undergraduate tuition, Rider’s goal is to provide greater clarity for those who assume a high-quality private education is not affordable or accessible based solely on the "sticker price.” A Rider education had always been in greater reach than many assumed. The new price communicates that more simply, and with more transparency.
The new tuition rate goes into effect for the 2021-22 academic year for new undergraduate students, including transfer students. The reduction does not apply to room and board costs or fees.
Current or returning students benefit from increased access to career preparation services, discounted rates for J-term and summer sessions, and other enhancements to services and facilities. Although the undergraduate tuition “sticker price” for new students does not apply to returning students, Rider has pledged to work one-on-one with students until they share our confidence that they are receiving the best and most fair tuition and financial aid package. The University will continue to honor financial awards promised to current students at the time of admission, assuming all student requirements continue to be met. Returning students who have questions are encouraged to submit them by filling out this form.
The reduction does not apply to room and board costs or fees. Fees will include the cost of the enriched career experiences program and are focused on retention and persistence to four-year graduation through student navigation and discounted winter/summer terms.
Rider continues to invest in new academic programs, upgrades to campus infrastructure and facilities, and enhanced amenities while providing the high standard of academics and career preparation that we’ve long been known for. Taken as a whole, these changes are designed to lift barriers for students and bolster the University's strong record of preparing students for successful careers.
Yes. Every Rider student is required to complete at least two high-impact Engaged Learning experiences prior to graduation. One category of these experiences is internships and professional experiences. Current students will also benefit from increased access to career preparation services.
Spring 2021 new admits or deferrals to spring 2021 will not be impacted by this change in the cost of attendance. The new tuition rate goes into effect beginning in the fall 2021 semester for new undergraduate students, including transfer students. The reduction does not apply to room and board costs or fees.
No. If you defer until next year, your scholarships and/or grants will be adjusted accordingly. Your cost of attendance will remain roughly the same.
Lifting Barriers is the result of a 20-month long analysis and study. It is not tied to any particular financial position during or around that time but rather a desire to continually create more value and exceptional outcomes for the students who choose to invest in a Rider education.
In a decision separate from the Lifting Barriers initiative, Rider was among the first institutions of higher education in the state to take action to minimize the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic on students. In May, we reduced the fall semester tuition and fee costs by 3.3%, between additional tuition grants and reduction of fees.
At the same time, the cost of instruction for Rider has gone up, not down, as the University has invested significant time and resources to bolster its ability to offer effective remote learning options. We are confident that students will benefit from these investments and ultimately find the same level of value that generations of Rider students have found before them.