Tuition could be on the rise at URI, RIC, CCRI

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) – If you’re looking to attend one of Rhode Island’s public colleges or universities, you might have to pay a little more.

Officials at Rhode Island’s Council on Postsecondary Education say it’s been two years since state public colleges and universities have seen tuition hikes. They say now is the time, and have included an increase in the council’s proposed budget for 2017-18.

“What we tried to do is compromise,” Postsecondary Commissioner Jim Purcell told Eyewitness News. “The [institutions] asked for a little bit over $30 million. We got it down to about $30 million. That’s a mix of both state support increase and for tuition and fees.”

The proposed budget also requests an increase of $11.1 million in state aid.

Here’s how much more you could pay if the proposed budget becomes law next year:

  • University of Rhode Island: $902/year
  • Rhode Island College: $574/year
  • Community College of Rhode Island: $299/year

If you’re looking to attend one of the three schools and you’re from out-of-state, you can expect to pay twice as much as the rates above, according to Purcell.

“There’s been a lot of increases in costs such as health cost, [and] salary benefits,” he explained.

The commissioner said that even with the increase in tuition rates, Rhode Island institutions are still more affordable than many other Northeast schools.

The Board of Education will vote on the colleges’ proposed budget Wednesday. It will then head to Gov. Gina Raimondo to make a final decision before she submits her proposed budget to state lawmakers early next year.