Rhode Island's State Colleges Could See Tuition Increases Next Year

Nov 20, 2014

Students at Rhode Island public colleges and universities could see tuition increases next year. 

Green Hall at the University of Rhode Island, which could see a nearly 3 percent tuition increase next year.
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The Board of Education’s Council on Higher Education has approved a budget with a nearly 3 percent increase at the University of Rhode Island and roughly 8 percent increases at Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island. 

Higher Education commissioner Jim Purcell said the increases come as state colleges have seen a 23 percent reduction in state funding over the last 5 years. 

There’s been a tuition freeze for the last two years at Rhode Island’s four-year colleges, and a three year freeze at the community college. 

Higher Education officials said tuitions at RIC and URI remain some of the lowest compared with their regional peers. 

CCRI’s tuition hike will go towards implementing more expensive technology training programs. 

The tuition increases are still subject to a vote by the Board of Education, and will then be submitted to the governor’s office.

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