In-State Tuition in Rhode Island: An Overview

Each year over 130 students who qualify for In-State Tuition graduate from Rhode Island high schools. These students include honor roll awardees and star athletes, as well as aspiring engineers, scientists, teachers, and doctors. Brought to the United States by their parents as infants or young children, they live in the only country they know as home-America. Many graduate with spectacular records from Rhode Island high schools, but their families cannot afford to send them to Rhode Island colleges or universities, which charge them out-of-state tuition rates. For these students, the “American dream” must be deferred.

The Numbers

Between 2012-2017 academic year, a total of 403 have applied for admission and were accepted into one of the three Rhode Island state colleges — CCRI, RIC and URI. These figures include Fall, Spring and Summer session. The figures do not include whether the students followed through and enrolled into these colleges.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible to benefit for Rhode Island in-state tuition, students must:
Have attended an approved Rhode Island high school for three or more years
Have graduated from an approved Rhode Island high school or received a high school equivalency diploma from the state of Rhode Island
Have registered as an entering student at, or is currently enrolled at, an accredited institution of higher education in Rhode Island not earlier than the fall semester or quarter of the 2011-2012 academic year
Have filed with the institution of higher education an affidavit stating that:
The student meets the aforementioned requirements
The student is a U.S. citizen, has lawful immigration status, or, if the student is not a U.S. citizen and does not have a lawful immigration status, has filed an application for lawful immigration status, or will file such an application as soon as he or she is eligible to do so.