URI-Sodexo MS Dietetics Graduate Program


Tuition for the URI-Sodexo MS Dietetics Program is a total of $28,000 plus fees. Of this $28,000, $16,000 plus fees will be paid to URI and $12,000 will be paid to Sodexo (see detailed breakdown below). The same rate applies to students who are in-state (Rhode Island) or out-of-state residents. 


Tuition payments are due the day before each session begins.

Tuition and Fees 2023-2024

Fall Term 2023 (Session 1 & 2)
Tuition – $6,000
Registration fee – $30
Technology fee – $156

Spring Term 2024 (Session 1 & 2)
Tuition – $5,000
Registration fee – $30
Technology fee – $168

Summer Term 2024 (Session 1 & 2)
Tuition – $5,000
Registration fee – $30
Technology fee – $120

One Time Fees
Transcript fee – $50
Document fee – $115



  1. Supervised Experiential Learning (paid to Sodexo)
    1. Tuition ($12,000)
      The supervised experiential learning tuition is paid in two installments and includes the costs of liability insurance.
    2. Criminal Background Check ($25 – $75 average)
      This is dependent on the state or states lived in, the number of addresses and number of names. It can be as high as $300. Additional background checks may need to be conducted specifically for supervised experiential learning sites.
    3. Orientation Meeting ($500)
      This cost is only in effect for an on-site orientation. It covers daily meal costs for breakfast and lunch during orientation week, as well as additional materials.
    4. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Membership ($58)
      for Student Membership. Membership required.
  2. Other Program Costs (paid to various sites)
    1. Textbooks ($400 estimate)
      Many related courses (such as the 3 MNT courses) use the same textbook to help decrease costs.
    2. Technology (Variable)
      Computer and MS office or compatible applications.
    3. Pre-program Physical Exam and Medical Insurance (Variable)
      Health insurance coverage is mandatory and is not available through either URI or Sodexo. Physical exam cost is dependent on insurance coverage.
    4. Drug Screen ($10 – $250)
      This cost varies depending on health insurance coverage.
    5. Lab Coats or Scrubs and PPE ($50 – $250)
      This cost varies depending on individual hospital requirements and is the responsibility of the student.
    6. Orientation Travel and Lodging ($500-1,000)
      This fee is only in effect for an on-site orientation. Costs will vary depending on travel to orientation and lodging choices. Students are responsible for arrangements and payments.
    7. Hospital on-boarding costs ($75 – $350 varies)
      Specific supervised experiential learning sites have different on-boarding requirements before placement may begin:

      1. Criminal Background Check: an additional background check may need to be conducted within 30 days of starting the rotation
      2. Drug Screen: an additional drug screen may need to be conducted 14–30 days prior to starting the rotation
      3. COVID–19 screen: a COVID screen may need to be conducted 7–14 days prior to starting the rotation. Plan ahead, results may take 3–6 days to be received; consider rapid test when available
      4. Hospital on-boarding paperwork process: there may be a fee for your hospital to process required on-boarding paperwork and completing on-line orientation materials.
    8. Transportation/Parking ($0 – $100)
      The program does not cover travel costs. These costs will vary geographically.
    9. Living Expenses (Variable)
      These costs will vary based on geography and living situation.
    10. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Membership (Optional)
      Student membership ($58) is highly recommended, but optional. You may also join a Dietetic Practice Group ($25-40).

Financial Aid

Students enrolled in the online MS in Dietetics Program are eligible for financial aid. There is no financial need requirement to qualify. You can borrow for the total cost of attendance (URI tuition, Sodexo tuition if you are an intern, rent, food, miscellaneous and personal). Financial aid is not disbursed until the beginning of the fall semester so students accepted from the November internship match should make alternate arrangements to pay for the internship fees that are due prior to the start of the MS program.

Financial aid website: https://web.uri.edu/enrollment/financial-aid/ 

Direct Contact Person:
Janet Buchanan, Coordinator
Email = janet_buchanan@uri.edu
Phone = 401-874-2266                        

Starfish Virtual appointments Financial Aid Counseling Here 

General Loan Information for the 2023-24 academic year:                        

Individuals completing the Sodexo Dietetic Internship are eligible for:

– Unsubsidized Direct Loans: $20,500 maximum

– Graduate PLUS Loans or Alternative loan $45,632 maximum 


There are no grants or subsidized loans available for graduate students. Unsubsidized Direct Loans will be split evenly between the fall and spring semesters. Any additional funding needed will be PLUS Loans or Alternative loans.

If you have any loans from your undergraduate program, they will be automatically deferred. You do not need to do anything. URI sends a list of enrolled students each month – this will defer your loans.

Interest accrues from day 1 after disbursement of funds. Repayment begins 6 months after graduation, leave school, or you drop below half-time enrollment.

Review this document for information on how to apply for financial aid.

Graduate Unsubsidized Direct Loans
• May borrow $20,500 for the academic year
• Maximum total amount that can be borrowed = $138,500 (including for your undergraduate program)
• URI offers this loan first all loans are split 50% Fall 50% Spring

Graduate PLUS Loans
• May borrow up to the cost of attendance
• Requires a credit check
• Complete the supplemental graduate PLUS loan application from our website: Graduate Plus Loan for fall and spring. Please complete an additional supplemental loan application if you wish to borrow for the summer term.

Alternative loans

Important Information
For up to date interest rates and origination fees please go to: Interest rates and origination fees. Check other loans to be sure you are getting the best rate.