Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Community College of Rhode Island tuition is $4,148 per year for in-state residents. This is 17% more expensive than the national average public two year tuition of $3,532. The cost is 0% more expensive than the average Rhode Island tuition of $4,148 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 1st in Rhode Island amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $11,740 which represents a 183% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $416 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $4,564.

Housing Costs

Community College of Rhode Island doesn't offer on campus housing. If you're not living with family you will need to budget for food and housing in the Warwick area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $9,476.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,200.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $4,628 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Rhode Island residents to go to CCRI is $19,868 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Rhode Island residence can expect a one year cost of $27,460. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing should budget a total cost of $10,392.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 IPEDS survey response for Community College of Rhode Island and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Community College of Rhode Island
Estimated Budgets
Rhode Island Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$19,868
   In-State Tuition$4,148
   Other Fees$416
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$9,476
   Off-Campus Other Budget$4,628
   Books and Supplies$1,200
Rhode Island Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$10,392
   In-State Tuition$4,148
   Other Fees$416
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$4,628
   Books and Supplies$1,200


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $19,868 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported CCRI net price for in-state students is $6,055* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

59% of Community College of Rhode Island students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,968. 54 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,767. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Community College of Rhode Island, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Community College of Rhode Island
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$6,055*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid59%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,968
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants54%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,767

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$5,040
$30,001 to $48,000$6,136
$48,001 to $75,000$8,548
$75,001 to $110,000$10,461

Average Financial Aid Mix - $19,868 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $19,868. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 33% - $4,968

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Community College of Rhode Island or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 27% - $4,134

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 40% -  $6,138

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Community Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Community College of Rhode Island
Bristol Community College86.1% less expensive
Quinebaug Valley Community College8% less expensive
Three Rivers Community College8% less expensive
Massasoit Community College86.1% less expensive
Massachusetts Bay Community College86.1% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

Being a school offering two year programs, prospective students should consider the multi year outlay when budgeting the cost for two years at Community College of Rhode Island.

Estimated 2 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 2 year associate degree at CCRI is $39,736 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 2 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $5,512 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $11,024**

**Based on a 2 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Community College of Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,074
Rhode Island Resident Total Cost Per Semester$9,934
Non-Rhode Island Resident Tuition Per Semester$5,870
Non-Rhode Island Resident Total Cost Per Semester$13,730

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Community College of Rhode Island are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Community College of Rhode Island
Price per credit hour for Rhode Island residents$180
Cost for one class for Rhode Island residents (3 credit hours)$540
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$534
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,602
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$2,136


Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 24% of Community College of Rhode Island students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $4,134.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Community College of Rhode Island? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $11,024, 100% of the estimated average net price for a two year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $13,678.26. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Community College of Rhode Island. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 59% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $5,512. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Community College of Rhode Island student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Community College of Rhode Island Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$113.99
Amount Borrowed$11,024.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$2,654.26
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$13,678.26

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend CCRI? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Community College of Rhode Island, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $13,678.26 would be needed to afford a $113.99 monthly payment in the example $11,024.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Community College of Rhode Island in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $3,624 to $4,148. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 2.9%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 2 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 2 year cost of $39,736.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Community College of Rhode Island.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$25,991$51,982
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$33,172$66,344
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $42,337$84,673
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $49,010$98,020

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Community College of Rhode Island to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
General Studies Associate's Degree 523 30% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 241 36% costlier
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 85 24% costlier
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 76 42% costlier
Accounting Associate's Degree 36 36% costlier
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 34 31% costlier
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 27 41% costlier
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer Associate's Degree 26 41% costlier
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 24 40% costlier
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 24 35% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 22 27% costlier
Fire Science/Fire-fighting Associate's Degree 20 50% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Associate's Degree 17 41% costlier
Special Education and Teaching, General Associate's Degree 17 45% costlier
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 17 37% costlier
Engineering, General Associate's Degree 17 46% costlier
Occupational Therapist Assistant Associate's Degree 15 36% costlier
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician Associate's Degree 14 49% costlier
Social Work Associate's Degree 14 51% costlier
Telecommunications Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 13 39% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 13 24% costlier
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 10 47% costlier
Computer Programming, Specific Applications Associate's Degree 9 46% costlier
Histologic Technician Associate's Degree 8 38% costlier
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician Associate's Degree 7 40% costlier
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling Associate's Degree 6 45% costlier
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage Associate's Degree 6 32% costlier
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary Associate's Degree 6 44% costlier
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other Associate's Degree 5 41% costlier
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 5 26% costlier
Opticianry/Ophthalmic Dispensing Optician Associate's Degree 5 41% costlier
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster Associate's Degree 4 44% costlier
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree 4 46% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Associate's Degree 4 41% costlier
Biological and Physical Sciences Associate's Degree 3 27% costlier
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 24% costlier
Banking and Financial Support Services Associate's Degree 3 40% costlier
Customer Service Management Associate's Degree 3 23% costlier
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 40% costlier
Surveying Engineering Associate's Degree 2 52% costlier
Chemical Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 40% costlier
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology Associate's Degree 2 25% costlier
Jazz/Jazz Studies Associate's Degree 1 20% costlier
Adult Development and Aging Associate's Degree 1 43% costlier
Music, General Associate's Degree 1 41% costlier


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About Community College of Rhode Island

Community College of Rhode Island is a two year community college located in Warwick, Rhode Island.  Full time enrollment is 4,441 and part time is 10,660.  Community College of Rhode Island has an open admission policy meaning that any prospective student who has completed high school or attained a GED certificate may enroll in classes.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Community College of Rhode Island
400 East Ave
Warwick, Rhode Island

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Community College of Rhode Island is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

Community College of Rhode Island cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=217475 IPEDS survey data.