Estimated Costs, Financial Aid, Loan Deferments

Total costs are estimated at $12,000 - $15,000 depending on your living expenses and geographic location. Costs and payment due dates are the same for full- and part-time options. Below is a detailed breakdown of expected costs.

Before match:

  • NO FEE for KADDI to review your application or to take the aptitude exam
  • $50 for KADDI to review prior assessed learning application
  • DICAS fee - pay $45 to Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Service for first application and $20 per application thereafter
  • D&D Digital - pay $55 to D&D Digital to participate in the national matching process

After match:

  • $10,750 tuition
  • First payment of $5,375 due upon accepting appointment; second payment of $5,375 paid on first day of orientation in Tulsa
  • Second round match appointees will have four weeks to arrange rotation schedule and secure preceptors and facilities before first payment is due
    • $200 – $350 book and software expense (less if texts are rented)
    • $60 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics student membership dues
    • $75 Nutrition Care Manual subscription
    • $100 - $200 for uniform clothing (nonslip shoes, khaki slacks, collared shirt for foodservice, lab coat if required by facility)
    • Physical exam
    • Health insurance (cost variable depending on your policy coverage)
    • $1000 for travel, lodging and subsistence for orientation week in Tulsa, OK (may be less if you choose to share a room with another intern)
    • $36 ServSafe certification exam required (if not already certified get information at
    • $50 American Heart Association Basic Life Support course (no other certification is acceptable)
    • Transportation, living and professional clothing expenses while you are in the program are geographically variable (depends on where you live)
    • The following expenses are paid by Keith & Associates (professional liability insurance, drug testing, criminal background check, RDN exam review, electronic time log and competency tracking, online testing)

After program completion:

  • graduates pay $200 to Pearson Vue to take Registered Dietitian Nutritionist exam

Compensation and Loan Deferments POLICY

The Keith & Associates Distance Dietetic Internship program does not offer financial aid, scholarships, stipends or compensate students who are enrolled. KADDI does not participate in federal student financial assistance programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education. However, personal loans may be available from a bank. Some, but not all, lenders will allow educational loan payments to be deferred during the internship with a letter stating that the internship leads to eligibility to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians/Nutritionists.

After matching when the intern returns the signed enrollment agreement and first tuition payment, KADDI will provide upon the student’s request:

  • Official letter with effective dates of enrollment, program accreditation and licensure status and a statement that the program provides the supervised practice experience required in order to earn the verification statement needed to take the Registration Exam for Registration Dietitian Nutritionists that is required prior to entry into the profession.
  • A link to more information about deferment and forbearance related to federal student aid
  • Office of Management and Budget in-school deferment request form (blank)
  • Scanned copy of the page with program start and end dates that is signed by the program director
  • “5 Steps to Become an RDN” from

Any external financing (e.g. bank loans) must be arranged prior to accepting the appointment. The second tuition payment is due the first day of orientation in Tulsa. KADDI does not offer a payment plan program.