Public Colleges in Rhode Island

The 2023 Directory of Rhode Island Public Colleges and Costs

Rhode Island Public Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2022

How much does it cost to attend public college in Rhode Island?   The average annual in-state four year, public college tuition in Rhode Island was $11,263 for the 2021-2022 academic year. This is a change of $859 from the 2019-2020 average of $10,404 and represents a 8.26% annual increase. The list of Rhode Island public colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating. Public schools are partially funded by the taxpayers of Rhode Island and usually offer lower tuition to in-state residents.

Our guide surveyed tuition data from the 3 public 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. University of Rhode Island is the most expensive public school in Rhode Island with an in-state tuition of $13,250.

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
Community College of Rhode Island

Warwick, Rhode Island

$4,524 NA NA
Rhode Island College

Providence, Rhode Island

$9,277 47 28
University of Rhode Island

Kingston, Rhode Island

$13,250 62 71