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Rhode Island Public Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2019

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 $9,819 for the 2017-2018 academic year. This is a change of $696 from the 2015-2016 average of $9,123 and represents a 7.63% 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 14,266 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $12,002. University of Rhode Island is the most expensive public school in Rhode Island with an in-state tuition of $12,002.

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
Community College of Rhode Island
Warwick, 4,441 Students
$4,148 - -
Rhode Island College
Providence, 5,776 Students
$7,637 29 71
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, 14,266 Students
$12,002 61 71