Rhode Island Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2019

How much does it cost to attend college in Rhode Island?   The average annual in-state college tuition in Rhode Island was $31,035 for the 2017-2018 academic year. This is $16,923 higher than the U.S. average and ranks Rhode Island amongst the costliest as the most expensive and 52nd most affordable state or district to attend college. This is a change of $2,240 from the 2015-2016 average of $28,795 and represents a 7.78% annual increase. The list of Rhode Island colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating.

Our guide surveyed tuition data from the 11 colleges and universities in Rhode Island, the most popular being University of Rhode Island with 14,266 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $12,002. Brown University is the most expensive in Rhode Island with an in-state tuition of $52,231.

Click on any school for current tuition, future cost estimates, school specific savings plans and estimated student loan payments. Rhode Island colleges can also be filtered by public, private, community colleges and four year schools. Additionally, cost based sorting is available for the lowest and highest tuition options. Jump directly to our ranking of best values in Rhode Island or cheap Rhode Island colleges guide.

Rating is a CollegeCalc proprietary national percentile ranking of a college's overall difficulty and educational effectiveness. An average score is 50. Dollar value is a measure of a school's academic rating compared with the average net price paid. Colleges which are ranked "n/a" didn't report sufficient data to formulate a score. Learn more about our ratings.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Explore Rhode Island Colleges

School Tuition Rating $Value
Brown University  Best Value
Providence, 9,196 Students
$52,231 99 78
Bryant University
Smithfield, 3,543 Students
$41,700 - -
Community College of Rhode Island
Warwick, 4,441 Students
$4,148 - -
Johnson & Wales University Providence
Providence, 8,666 Students
$31,158 - -
New England Institute of Technology
Warwick, 2,438 Students
$27,000 - -
Providence College  Best Value
Providence, 3,993 Students
$47,870 81 58
Rhode Island College
Providence, 5,776 Students
$7,637 29 71
Rhode Island School of Design  Best Value
Providence, 2,477 Students
$48,110 92 61
Roger Williams University
Bristol, 4,331 Students
$31,152 - -
Salve Regina University
Newport, 2,165 Students
$38,386 - -
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, 14,266 Students
$12,002 61 71