Fee Descriptions

There are various fees applied to a student's term bill, some of these are mandatory or optional. Fees charges also vary based on school affiliation, campus and program.

Mandatory Fees

Mandatory fees are required to support a wide range of programs, services, and facilities for Rutgers students that are not generally funded by tuition revenue.

All fees listed below are charged per semester

Campus Fee

The campus fee is charged to all full-time and part-time students on each regional campus (New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden) in order to support student programs and services, student supplemental health insurance, capital improvements and athletics. Part-time students are charged a lower amount as they are ineligible for full-time student supplemental health coverage and full participation in athletic programs.

OFF-Campus Fee

Students enrolled in fully-online academic programs are charged an off-campus fee.  The off-campus fee supports programs and services to provide educational programs and related services to distant students.

Please note this fee is based on whether you attend classes on campus or off campus. It is not determined by whether you live on campus or not.

School Fees

The school fee funds supplemental costs unique and particular to the enhancement programs of an undergraduate or graduate school at Rutgers. Included in this category are charges such as the School of Business fee, the law library fee at the law school in Camden and Newark, and the conservatory fee at the Mason Gross School of the Arts in New Brunswick. The school fees are identified by the school codes.

Computer Fee

The computer fee supports many student technology services including internet access, networking, wireless services, email services, myRutgers, and instructional technology services. Computer fee revenue is the major funding source for the many student computer labs located throughout Rutgers. Staffed by student consultants, these facilities offer students access to state-of-the-art computer equipment, a large selection of software applications, and printing services. This fee also supports technology used in classrooms as well as other teaching labs used for instructional courses requiring applied computer interaction. 

Course Fee

The course fee covers the cost of supplies, equipment, and materials utilized in classes for instructional purposes. This does not include the cost of books. All registered students are responsible for paying that class's associated course fee. If you are enrolled in multiple classes that each require payment of respective course fees, the sum of these fees will show up as a consolidated charge on your term bill.

International student fee (ISF)

All F-1 and J-1 registered international students will be automatically charged the International Student Fee (ISF) of $250 for each semester of enrollment at Rutgers. This fee is part of the cost of attending Rutgers and is applied towards maintaining SEVIS and other related services and for international students. You will see it on your Rutgers term bill as a $250 charge in the COURSE/OTHER category.

Rutgers TA/GAs/Fellows (whose tuition and fees are funded by tuition remission) are exempt from paying the fee. 

RBHS fellows can request the removal of this fee by showing a copy of their fellowship offer letter from their department to Student ABC.

F-2 and J-2 dependents pay a one-time-only ISF of $50 for a spouse and $25 per child. The fee must be paid by the primary F-1/J-1 visa holder at time of requesting the I-20/DS-2019 for each dependent. If you obtained the F-2/J-2 dependent documents from admissions as part of admission to Rutgers, you will need to pay the dependent ISF when you check-in your dependent(s) at the appropriate international services office on your campus.

Please note:  An ISF payment will not be refunded retroactively for a previous semester.

New Student Fee

All first-year, transfer, and international students in Camden and New Brunswick will be assessed a new student fee on their term bills. This fee covers the cost of orientation and transition programs, resources for new students, and outreach programs for parents and family members designed to help new students and their families during the first year at Rutgers University. All new students are expected to attend orientation and transition events. This fee will be assessed regardless of attendance at orientation and transition events.

Note: International graduate students holding F and J visas in Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick will be charged a new student fee as well.

summer session fee

This fee is charged to all summer session students in order to support student enhancement programs, services, and facilities, which complement and support the academic experience, such as library, writing centers and labs, health services, recreation centers, student centers, student events and concerts, and campus buses, among others.

Please note this is only charged to students who register for summer session.

Douglass Residential College Fee

A $75 per semester fee is charged to students who join Douglass Residential College (DRC). Douglass Residential College provides special programming and resources to DRC students, including traditional programs and events, student travel opportunities, and innovative teaching.

Optional Fees

Rutgers Student Health Insurance Plan

Rutgers University requires all full time and F and J Rutgers sponsored visa students to have comprehensive health insurance, and are required to waive or enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan each semester.

First day (digital book charge)

The RU Book Advance program has been discontinued for the New Brunswick campus. This is replaced by First Day where digital course materials are made available to students directly from Canvas. If you are a student enrolled in a course participating in the First Day program (as indicated on the Web Registration System) you will see an additional charge on your term bill listed as Digital Book Charge. You can opt-out of this program using the Course Material link in Canvas.


New Jersey Public Interest Research Group (NJPIRG) Student Chapters is a student-run, non-profit, non-partisan public interest organization founded in 1972. NJPIRG has a professional staff of researchers, scientists, and attorneys who work with students in the areas of environmental preservation, consumer protection, and open government. NJPIRG campus chapters are funded by a voluntary fee and adopted by student referendum. If you do not wish to pay this fee, you may deduct the NJPIRG amount from your balance due.

Please contact us immediately if you are unable to waive this fee on your online term bill.

On-Campus Dining and Housing

Students who choose to live on campus and/or dine at the university operated dining facilities will have these charges included on their semester term bill. Rutgers Dining Services and Residence Life services offer many choices for both meal plan contracts and on-campus housing. Meal plan rates vary depending on how many meals are contracted per semester. Housing costs vary for the many different dormitories and apartments available. Please visit their websites below for details and rates.

Dining Services

Residence Life