URI will keep tuition rates at current level
The University of Rhode Island has frozen tuition for the upcoming school year for both Rhode Islanders and nonresident students. It has also increased financial aid to record levels.
In-state undergraduate tuition in 2013-14 will remain $10,878. Out-of-state students will continue to pay $26,444. The university also received a record number of applications for the upcoming fall freshman class, breaking last year’s record application numbers.
“We believe the tuition freeze, as well as the increase in financial aid, is an important step forward in addressing affordability and access to higher education,” said David Dooley, the university’s president. “Access to education is essential to sustained economic development.”
Gov. Lincoln Chafee lauded the university’s decision to keep the tuition rate steady. He said the biggest barrier facing higher education is ever-increasing tuition rates.
“One of the most important investments we can make is in the potential of our students,” said Chafee. “We must do all we can to ensure that motivated and hardworking Rhode Islanders can attain a quality college education.”