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College Costs

Tuition in Rhode Island has risen 47.4% over the last five years, ending in 2012. The rate of increase in the 2011-2012 period alone was 7.4%. State fiscal support for the college system shows an increase of only 2.8% over a five year period, despite an increase of 5.8% over the last fiscal year. Rhode Island, like many states, cut its support to public colleges for several years and is only now able to give more support. Colleges have turned to tuition to finance their operations in the absence of these public funds.

College Enrollment

Over the ten year period 2000 through 2009, colleges in Rhode Island enjoyed a steady increase in enrollments. Beginning in 2010, enrollments began to decline. This is consistent with national trends, and may be a result of the economic upswing, which leads to more employment opportunities. However, there have been studies that project declining enrollments in the midwest and northeast over the next ten years, Rhode Island included.

Higher Education Initiatives

  1. Official State Links

  2. College Savings

    • College Bound Fund: A 529 plan offered by Alliance Bernstein Investments, investors can get a $500 or $1,000 tax credit on their RI returns. Funds can be used at any college, community college or vocational school in the U.S.
    • Savings for College, Inc. (Advisor-Sold): This 529 plan is offered by Savings for College.com. The plan must be purchased through an advisor, and the investor must be a Rhode Island resident, or work in Rhode Island, in order to open an account.
    • Savings for College, Inc. (Direct-Sold): This 529 plan requires a minimum of $250 to open the account. The investor must live or work in Rhode Island to open the account, and the 529 is sold directly to the investor. Funds may be used at any college, community college or vocational school in the U.S.
  3. Education Nonprofits

  4. Higher Education News

    • The Education Blog: Affiliated with Rhode Island NPR, this blog reports on Rhode Island education stories and news at all academic levels.
    • RI Future: This expansive site looks at Rhode Islands politics and current events. As a result, the state of Rhode Island education is a recurring topic.

Higher Education in Rhode Island

Rhode Island Schools vs US State Average

Graduation Rate and Average Test score at Public 4-year Institutions

    • 69% Rhode Island
      Graduation Rate
    • 1477 SAT Rhode Island
      Average Test Score
    • 56% National
      Graduation Rate
    • 21.1 ACT National
      Average Test Score

Average Tuitions and Fees in Rhode Island

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    Public 2-Year
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    Public 4-Year
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    Private 4-year

Rhode Island Institutions

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    Degree-Granting Institutions
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    Private Not-For-Profit Institutions
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    Private For-Profit Institutions