Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Rhode Island College tuition is $7,637 per year for in-state residents. This is 8% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 77% cheaper than the average Rhode Island tuition of $33,724 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 1st in Rhode Island amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 10th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $20,150 which represents a 164% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,139 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $8,776.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $11,536 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Providence should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

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

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $1,440 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,200 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Rhode Island residents to go to RIC is $22,952 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Rhode Island residence can expect a one year cost of $35,465.

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

Costs and Tuition for Rhode Island College
Estimated Budgets
Rhode Island Resident Total Budget $22,952
   In-State Tuition$7,637
   Other Fees$1,139
   Room and Board$11,536
   On-Campus Other Budget$1,440
   Books and Supplies$1,200
Non-Resident Total Budget $35,465
   Out-of-State Tuition$20,150
   Other Fees$1,139
   Room and Board$11,536
   On-Campus Other Budget$1,440
   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 $22,952 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 RIC net price for in-state students is $8,372* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

69% of Rhode Island College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $7,134. 49 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 $4,470. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Rhode Island College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Rhode Island College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$8,372*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid69%
Average Total Grant Aid$7,134
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants49%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,470

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$6,164
$30,001 to $48,000$7,012
$48,001 to $75,000$10,086
$75,001 to $110,000$14,216

Average Financial Aid Mix - $22,952 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $22,952. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 33% - $7,134

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

Federal Loans

 24% - $5,100

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

Out of Pocket

 43% -  $9,278

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 Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Rhode Island College
Castleton State College42.4% more expensive
Kean University3.6% more expensive
SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill12.7% less expensive
Penn State Worthington Scranton76.6% more expensive
Penn State Wilkes Barre66.5% more expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at Rhode Island College.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at RIC is $91,808 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 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 $8,274 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $33,096**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $114,760 or $41,370 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 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 Rhode Island College.

Rhode Island Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,818
Rhode Island Resident Total Cost Per Semester$11,476
Non-Rhode Island Resident Tuition Per Semester$10,075
Non-Rhode Island Resident Total Cost Per Semester$17,732

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 Rhode Island College 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 Rhode Island College
Price per credit hour for Rhode Island residents$339
Cost for one class for Rhode Island residents (3 credit hours)$1,017
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$779
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,337
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$3,116


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. 65% of Rhode Island College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,100. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $23,110.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Rhode Island College? 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 $33,096, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $41,064.55. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Rhode Island College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 69% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $8,274. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Rhode Island College 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.

Rhode Island College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$342.20
Amount Borrowed$33,096.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$7,968.55
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$41,064.55

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend RIC? 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 Rhode Island College, 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 $41,064.55 would be needed to afford a $342.20 monthly payment in the example $33,096.00 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 Rhode Island College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $6,530 to $7,637. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 3.4%. 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 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $91,808.00. 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 Rhode Island College.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$31,564$126,257
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$40,285$161,140
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $51,415$205,660
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $59,519$238,077

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Rhode Island College 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
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 131 1% cheaper
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 98 0% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 87 11% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 86 3% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 57 5% cheaper
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 49 18% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 49 4% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 41 2% cheaper
Health Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 19 0% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 17 12% cheaper
Psychology, Other Bachelor's Degree 13 24% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 11 4% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 11 2% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 10 14% cheaper
English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 10 1% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 9 12% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 9 21% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 8 14% cheaper
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 7 2% cheaper
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 6 1% costlier
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 6 11% cheaper
Film/Cinema/Video Studies Bachelor's Degree 5 30% cheaper
Creative Writing Bachelor's Degree 5 23% cheaper
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 5 12% costlier
Spanish Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 4 2% cheaper
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 4 22% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 4 12% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 3 15% cheaper
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 3 1% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 3 5% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 3 15% cheaper
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 3 15% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 3 28% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 18% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 3 3% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 3 16% cheaper
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 25% cheaper
Chemistry Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 1% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 2 22% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 2 3% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 21% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 2 13% cheaper
Public Administration Bachelor's Degree 2 4% costlier
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 7% cheaper
Social Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 12% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 19% cheaper
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 0% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 1 14% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 1 12% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 1 0% cheaper
Technical Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 9% costlier
History Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 2% costlier
Geography Bachelor's Degree 1 4% cheaper


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About Rhode Island College

Rhode Island College is a four year public college located in Providence, Rhode Island.  Full time enrollment is 5,776 and part time is 2,670. Learn more about getting accepted at Rhode Island College at CollegeSimply.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Rhode Island College
600 Mount Pleasant Ave
Providence, Rhode Island

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Rhode Island College 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.

Rhode Island College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=217420 IPEDS survey data.