College Costs in Rhode Island

The 2023 Directory of Rhode Island Colleges and Prices

Rhode Island Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2022

How much does it cost to attend college in Rhode Island?   The average annual in-state college tuition in Rhode Island was $35,868 for the 2021-2022 academic year. This is $20,738 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 $2,274 from the 2019-2020 average of $33,594 and represents a 6.77% 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 14,529 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $13,250. Brown University is the most expensive in Rhode Island with an in-state tuition of $60,944.

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.

<Academic 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 2020-2021 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Explore Rhode Island Colleges

School Tuition Rating Value
Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island

$60,944 97 97
Bryant University

Smithfield, Rhode Island

$46,885 69 35
Community College of Rhode Island

Warwick, Rhode Island

$4,524 NA NA
Johnson & Wales University Providence

Providence, Rhode Island

$35,750 NA NA
New England Institute of Technology

Warwick, Rhode Island

$30,900 62 16
Providence College

Providence, Rhode Island

$55,040 76 64
Rhode Island College

Providence, Rhode Island

$9,277 47 28
Rhode Island School of Design

Providence, Rhode Island

$55,220 81 63
Roger Williams University

Bristol, Rhode Island

$39,264 NA NA
Salve Regina University

Newport, Rhode Island

$43,500 NA NA
University of Rhode Island

Kingston, Rhode Island

$13,250 62 71