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Net Price of Rhode Island Colleges by Income

Cost of Rhode Island Colleges Zoom In

Source: National Center for Educational Statistics. This is the most recent data available as of January 2020

Questions & Answers

  • What do all these numbers mean?

    All costs are the average net cost paid by families in each income bracket. Net cost is the total cost of attendance minus government grants and institutional scholarships. Loans of any kind are not included. Figures are based on data from the 2017-18 school year, which is the latest available as of January 2020.

  • What is “Total Cost” on the chart?

    Total cost is the total cost of attendance for that particular college. It includes:

    • Tuition and fees (in-state tuition for public schools)
    • Room and board (on campus)
    • Books and supplies
    • Other expenses (travel and personal)

    There are detailed chart below for each school that shows these expenses. Click here to go to the individual cost breakdown for schools.

  • How can I use this information?

    This information is useful for building a realistic college budget. It's a good place to start until you better understand your specific circumstances. For example, let's say your income is $100,000 per year. This chart shows that the average state school would run $19,131 and the average private school would be $34,154. You can also get information on specific Rhode Island schools in the chart above or the tables below.

  • Will my family pay the amount on this chart?

    Probably not. The numbers are averages. You may be below average or above average. However, there are two key points we can learn from this data:

    1. Families with higher incomes ($75,000-$110,000 and $110,000+) will most likely pay close to full price at the public schools.
    2. Private colleges have a higher list price but offer more discounts. This brings their net price much closer to the cost of state-funded schools.

  • Where did this information come from?

    As part of federal financial aid, colleges are required to provide detailed cost information to the U.S. government. This data is made available to the public through the National Center for Education Statistics. For more details, click here.

  • What about athletes, merit aid or minority students?

    Athletes, high achieving students, and those with minority status are averaged in with everyone else. Within each income bracket, there are families that pay more than average and families that pay less than average.

  • The costs on this chart seemed large, how can families afford to pay it?

    For many families paying for college is not easy, but in the end they figure out. Most families will pay their net cost of college with some combination of:

    • college savings and investments
    • payments from current income
    • loans
    • outside scholarships (check out our Scholarship Guide For Busy Parents, which describes how you and your student can win scholarships for college and save money!)
    • tax planning
    • student work
Cost of Rhode Island Schools Explanation

Net Price:

Net price is the total cost of attendance minus the average amount of government grants and institutional scholarships awarded. This is an average, so you may pay above the average or below the average. Your exact net price is likely to be different and sometimes drastically different.

Most families will pay the net price with some combination of savings and investments, current income and various loans. Some students will also receive scholarships from sources other than the federal or state government or the college. Any scholarships and grants from these outside sources are not included in the data. However, government grants and institutional scholarships are included in the averages.

Total Cost at University of Rhode Island (2017-18)
Tuition and Fees $13,792
Room and Board $12,452
Books $1,200
Other Expenses $2,041
Total $29,485

Total Cost:

Total cost is the total cost of attendance for that particular institution for the 2017-18 school year. This is the latest data available as of January 2020. Total costs include:

  • Tuition and fees (in-state tuition for public schools)
  • Room and board (on campus)
  • Books and supplies
  • Other expenses (travel and personal)

College Total Cost
Family Income RI Public $26,219 RI Private $58,397
$0 - $30k $10,718 $24,501
$30,001 – $48k $12,186 $26,181
$48,001 – $75k $15,228 $29,411
$75,001 – $110k $19,131 $34,154
$110,001+ $20,991 $42,111

Public vs. Private Averages

This table shows the average total cost of attendance for the Rhode Island public and private colleges we have included in our analysis. The costs include a breakdown of the average net price paid by family income. Notice that the average private college is $14,000-$22,000 more than the average public school, depending on your income bracket. It is important to stress that these are averages. Most families will not be average, and their individual circumstances could be drastically different. I encourage all families to work with their preferred colleges to get information specific to their family.

Below are similar charts for each individual private and public college in Rhode Island. Click a school to view its complete chart.

Public RI Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Rhode Island College

    Providence
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $8,776 $8,929
    Room and Board $11,536 $11,829
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $1,440 $1,440
    Total $22,952 $23,398
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $7,909 $8,063
    $30,001 - $48k $8,681 $8,850
    $48,001 - $75k $11,056 $11,271
    $75,001 - $110k $14,603 $14,887
    $110,001+ $15,883 $16,192
  • University of Rhode Island

    Kingston
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $13,792 $14,138
    Room and Board $12,452 $12,528
    Books $1,200 $1,250
    Other Expenses $2,041 $2,435
    Total $29,485 $30,351
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,527 $13,924
    $30,001 - $48k $15,690 $16,151
    $48,001 - $75k $19,400 $19,970
    $75,001 - $110k $23,658 $24,353
    $110,001+ $26,099 $26,866

Private RI Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Brown University

    Providence
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $53,419 $55,466
    Room and Board $14,020 $14,670
    Books $1,571 $1,595
    Other Expenses $2,040 $2,071
    Total $71,050 $73,802
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $6,250 $6,492
    $30,001 - $48k $5,589 $5,805
    $48,001 - $75k $14,452 $15,012
    $75,001 - $110k $21,447 $22,278
    $110,001+ $47,403 $49,239
  • Bryant University

    Smithfield
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $42,109 $43,973
    Room and Board $15,095 $15,397
    Books $1,300 $1,400
    Other Expenses $1,400 $1,550
    Total $59,904 $62,320
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $31,572 $32,845
    $30,001 - $48k $32,529 $33,841
    $48,001 - $75k $35,716 $37,156
    $75,001 - $110k $37,742 $39,264
    $110,001+ $40,324 $41,950
  • Johnson & Wales University-Providence

    Providence
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $31,508 $32,441
    Room and Board $13,809 $14,154
    Books $1,500 $1,800
    Other Expenses $2,409 $2,059
    Total $49,226 $50,454
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $23,299 $23,880
    $30,001 - $48k $23,746 $24,338
    $48,001 - $75k $26,304 $26,960
    $75,001 - $110k $28,949 $29,671
    $110,001+ $32,031 $32,830
  • New England Institute of Technology

    East Greenwich
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $28,740 $29,856
    Room and Board $11,640 $13,590
    Books $1,740 $1,521
    Other Expenses $2,825 $2,825
    Total $44,945 $47,792
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $27,815 $29,577
    $30,001 - $48k $28,430 $30,231
    $48,001 - $75k $30,902 $32,859
    $75,001 - $110k $35,548 $37,800
    $110,001+ $38,677 $41,127
  • Providence College

    Providence
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $48,764 $50,528
    Room and Board $14,240 $14,700
    Books $980 $1,050
    Other Expenses $1,000 $1,022
    Total $64,984 $67,300
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,020 $19,698
    $30,001 - $48k $26,396 $27,337
    $48,001 - $75k $28,885 $29,914
    $75,001 - $110k $35,843 $37,120
    $110,001+ $46,473 $48,129
  • Rhode Island School of Design

    Providence
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $48,370 $50,960
    Room and Board $13,050 $13,400
    Books $2,700 $2,700
    Other Expenses $3,500 $3,500
    Total $67,620 $70,560
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $33,238 $34,683
    $30,001 - $48k $36,964 $38,571
    $48,001 - $75k $36,695 $38,290
    $75,001 - $110k $47,551 $49,618
    $110,001+ $56,260 $58,706
  • Roger Williams University

    Bristol
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $33,336 $34,522
    Room and Board $15,564 $16,232
    Books $900 $900
    Other Expenses $2,900 $2,988
    Total $52,700 $54,642
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $31,039 $32,183
    $30,001 - $48k $31,475 $32,635
    $48,001 - $75k $34,744 $36,024
    $75,001 - $110k $36,633 $37,983
    $110,001+ $38,028 $39,429
  • Salve Regina University

    Newport
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $38,986 $40,150
    Room and Board $14,060 $14,500
    Books $1,400 $1,450
    Other Expenses $2,300 $2,400
    Total $56,746 $58,500
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $23,771 $24,506
    $30,001 - $48k $24,322 $25,074
    $48,001 - $75k $27,592 $28,445
    $75,001 - $110k $29,515 $30,427
    $110,001+ $37,689 $38,854
 

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