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University of Rhode Island Tuition Information

In 2021, tuition for full-time students at University of Rhode Island was $12,922 a year for in-state students and $30,496 a year for out-of-state students.

On average, college tuition goes up about 3% every year.

If these numbers seem daunting, remember, the total cost of tuition isn't necessarily what you will have to pay to attend a school. Many students pay way less than the sticker price after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts kick in. Additionally, student loans can make thecost of college feel more doable until you're done with college.

Tuition for international students at University of Rhode Island is $30,496 per year.

Does University of Rhode Island Offer In-State and Out-of-State Tuition?

University of Rhode Island is a public, state institution, so it offers a reduced tuition rate of $12,922 for in-state students who attend full-time. For students who are not considered Rhode Island-residents, out-of-state tuition is $30,496 a year.

Public colleges and universities receive funding from the state government. Public, state schools can offer lower tuition for students who meet the requirements for in-state residency..

Choosing a college where you qualify for in-state residency can cut the cost of college tuition. Be sure to check your state's requirements for as an in-state resident. Each state has different requirements to qualify as in-state resident. The most common requirement is that students must have lived in the state for a full year before starting school. There may be additional requirements as well, depending on where you live.

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Do International Students Pay More to Go to University of Rhode Island?

University of Rhode Island has the same tuition for international students as for those from out of state.

International students at University of Rhode Island usually pay around $30,496 per year, before any scholarships or financial aid.

International students are not eligible for federal financial aid, but may be eligible for private or University of Rhode Island-specific grants, scholarships, and other funding opportunities..

University of Rhode Island Room, Board and Other Costs

Tuition is not the only cost of attending college;there are other costs associated with college, like room and board, facility fees, and books and supplies. Let's take a look at what impacts these costs, and what to expect at University of Rhode Island.

House and Food Costs at University of Rhode Island

Room and board at University of Rhode Island is $8,174 a year. This includes the cost of living in dorms or other on-campus housing, and a dining plan that allows you to eat in the University of Rhode Island's on-campus cafeterias and dining halls. Students who do not live on-campus but still want to use the dining facilities can pay for a meal plan. The cost of a mean plan, or board-only, is $5,400.

Meal-plan costs can depend on how many meals are included in the plan you choose.

How Much Do Books Cost at University of Rhode Island?

The cost of books often surprises first-year college students. The real cost of books and supplies depends on the courses you take and the materials required. To save money, many students choose to use books from the library or buy used textbooks and materials.

Yearly Fees

The majority of colleges charge some yearly fees to offsets cost associated with maintaining facilties, like the library, gym and computer labs. Full-time undergrads at University of Rhode Island can expect to pay around $2,082 in fees each academic year.

There may be optional fees associated with participating in special activities, like Greek Life, or participating in sports or other extracurriculars. Most colleges offer resources so that those who may struggle to participate because of cost can get help covering these costs.

The Cost of Transportation at University of Rhode Island

The cost of transportation in college depends on a few key factors. Will you take a subway, car or an airplane to get to school?. Is on-campus parking free, or will you need to budget for parking? Is the campus easy to get around on foot? Do you own a car, or will you need to use public transportation? All of these questions can make a big difference in your estimated cost of transportation. Keeping in mind, first-year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

A school's location can impact your transportation budget. Small, rural schools may be easier to get around, but the cost of getting to campus may be higher. On the flip side, transportation in a city is usually expensive, but there may be more buses, trains or affordable flights to actually get to school. University of Rhode Islandis located in a small town setting in Rhode Island.

Personal Expenses and Other Costs

When estimating your budget for college, don’t forget to factor in the cost of things like movies, takeouts, furniture or appliances for your dorm or housing, and essentials like laundry detergent, toothpaste and toilet paper.

Now, let’s go over all of the costs we've covered, to get a better idea of what is really costs to go to University of Rhode Island.

Total Cost of University of Rhode Island

2021 Total Tuition and Expenses
In-state Tuition $12,922
Out-of-State Tuition $30,496
Room and Board $8,174
Board Only $3,600
Yearly Fees $2,082
Other expenses $2,120
Total Estimated Costs

Tuition and fees may vary depending on program, course level, location, and more.

University of Rhode Island’s tuition and fees change based on: B Course load for both full and part-time students

University of Rhode Island Financial Aid

The majority of University of Rhode Island undergrads use financial aid to to cover the cost of tuition. In 2021, 9,929 of the 14,074 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. University of Rhode Island meets 55.3% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.

The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $19,454 a year. Around 71% of University of Rhode Island undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. University of Rhode Island graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $35,000 of student loan debt.

The average debt for each loan type varies.

Average Debt By Loan Type
Federal Loans $22,202
State Loans $0
University of Rhode Island-Specific Loans $0
Private Loans $40,736
Most Common Loans for University of Rhode Island Students
Federal Loans 67%
Private loans 24%

Most students take out institutional or government loans, because they tend to have lower interest rates and more flexible repayment options than private loans. Loans from the federal government can be subsidized or unsubsidized. Subsidized loans do not accrue interest during school, while unsubsidized loans begin accruing interest at the time the loan is issued. If students do no qualify for enough federal loans to cover the cost of tuition, some take out private loans. Parents can also take out ParentPLUS loans, which are government loans for parents who are helping their children pay for college.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps colleges determine how much financial need students and their familes have, so they can offer a financial aid package that meets, or come close to meeting, their need. For more information on University of Rhode Island financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.

Scholarships at University of Rhode Island

Some students may receive grants and scholarships to help pay for college. Unlike loans, scholarships and grants do not have to be paid back.

In 2021, University of Rhode Island awarded 9,565 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $110.8 million to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $13.01 million in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.

Net Cost of University of Rhode Island

The net price of college is the actual cost of attending a school for one year. Net cost is calculated by subtracting any scholarships, grants or other aid that does not need to be paid back from the total cost. Student loans are not part of the calculation, because they need to be repaid.

Now that we have a sense of the total estimated costs for University of Rhode Island students, we can subtract the average financial aid package to find the estimated net cost. Net cost can vary depending on a students’ need and the financial aid award received.

When considering whether a school fits your budget, it is important to consider the estimated net cost, not just the sticker price of tuition. Often, schools with the highest tuition also offer the most generous aid packages, so estimate your net cost before eliminating a school because it does fit your budget.

The average amount of financial aid received by a full-time first year student with demonstrated need at University of Rhode Island was $19,454 in 2021. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of University of Rhode Island seem more manageable.

Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students
Net In-state, Off-campus $2,520
Out-of-State, On-Campus $24,668

What will attending University of Rhode Island really cost you? The answer depends on several factors.

As of 2011, colleges are required to have a net price calculator on their website to help prospective students and their families make more informed decisions about the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the University of Rhode Island's net cost calculator on their website.

University of Rhode Island Tuition Payment Plans

Some students choose to use payment plans to make the cost of tuition fit more comfortably in their budget.

University of Rhode Island does not have guaranteed tuition.

A Prepaid Tuition Plan is not available for University of Rhode Island students.

University of Rhode Island offers an Installment Payment Plan, which allows students to pay tuition in a series of smaller chunks instead of one lump sum.

University of Rhode Island Tuition Waivers

Schools sometimes waiver tuition for certain groups, to offset the cost of attending. Some schools offer tuition waivers for employees and their family members, underrepresented students, or military students. Even if you qualify for a waiver, students are usually responsible for housing, meal plans, and other expenses.

University of Rhode Island has some full or partial tuition waivers available for: - Minority Students - Employees or Children of Employees

Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.

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University of Rhode Island Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$24,428

In State

$42,002

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$12,922
$30,496
Fees
$2,082
$2,082
Housing
$8,174
$8,174
Books
$1,250
$1,250

University of Rhode Island Financial Aid

Students Who Receive Need-Based Aid

73%

Average Financial Aid Package

$17,679

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

16,820

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

76%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$15,004

Out-of-State

$32,578

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Feb 1
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