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New Rhode Island state colleges seek tuition increases, more state aid, and more money from the federal government

New Rhode Island state colleges seek tuition increases, more state aid, and more money from the federal government

The states three state colleges are requesting tuition increases after a decrease in enrollment during the epidemic negatively affected their revenues.

Rhode Island College is asking for a more than 2.5 percent increase in tuition, including fees, for next fall, while the Community College of Rhode island is seeking ot 2.2 percent. The announcement follows a 5 percent increase at RIC and omissions increase of 2.5 percent at the CCRI last year.

The increase will cost Rhode Island College $264 per in-state student and $598 per out-of- state state student. In-state tuition, including mandatory fees, is currently $10,702 per year, while out-of- state tuition is $25,900 peryear. According to a report, Plymouth State University and the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth had the third-highest tuition for out-of-state residents in New England, following Plymouth-State University.

During a meeting of the Council on Post Secondary Education on Wednesday night, RIC President Frank D. Snchez said enrollment has decreased. According to a college spokesman, enrollment in the fall dropped by 10 percent compared to the previous year. Last December, Snchez reported that the schools enrollment dropped by 6 percent, resulting in a $6.1 million decrease in tuition income.

Snchez said the tuition increase may net about $1 million in tuition income.

The college will also demand an estimated $35 million bond for a student services building to be added to the ballot in November 2022, c. $60 million for the Fogarty Life Sciences building, $35 millions to modernize the Whipple Hall & Steam Plan in December 2024s ballot, and d. 5% of nascent money for an undergraduate learning and success center.

Snchez also requested $2.9 million in state aid.

The tuition increase at the Community College of Rhode Island adds an additional $100 for in-state students each year and an extra $10 to go toward a technology fee. In-state tuition at CCRI is currently $4,980 and the increase will mean tuition will exceed $5,000 every year.

According to the college, enrollment at the community college dropped by 2,184 students from fall 2020 to fall 2021.

Hughes also requested $54.9 million in state appropriations, which is a 4.7 percent increase over its fiscal 2021 budget.

Hughes stated that the increases will be used to assist develop a digital learning strategy, invest in instructional design, provide remote access for student support, and invest heavily in faculty development. She went on to detail the general bond demands, which included $52 million in November 2022, $52-million in October 2024, and $55 million each year thereafter. Many of the bond requests will be used to fund classroom upgrades, a 3-D printing lab, and more.

According to President Marc Parlange in an e-mail to the URI community in September, the University of Rhode Island is seeking a 2.5 percent tuition increase for both in-state and out-of-stat students for the 2022-2023 school year.

The tuition increases were unanimously approved by the Council and will be presented to Governor Dan McKee and the General Assembly as recommendations for approval.

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