Finish What You Started

Are you a non-traditional student who needs help figuring out how to return to school? FWYS is a supportive program designed just for adults like you.


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Paying for College

Chris Bessin

Chris Bessin returned to college and completed his engineering degree.

The University of Rhode Island offers courses at affordable rates. Scholarships and financial aid for qualified students can also reduce the costs of attending college. Many companies offer tuition reimbursement for their employees. Check with your company’s Human Resources office for their tuition reimbursement policy.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees vary depending on course load and student residency. Some courses, particularly those in the sciences, may charge an additional course fee to cover the costs of materials. Visit The Office of Enrollment Services for a complete list of tuition and fees. For questions related to your bill, please call 401.874.9500.

Financial Aid

Students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at to qualify for financial aid. Students are strongly encouraged to file a FAFSA every year. Students may qualify for federal or state financial aid, which may cover all or a portion of tuition.

To be considered for financial aid, students must have been accepted and be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits) as a matriculated student at the University.

Your Finish What You Started Advisor can connect you to a University financial aid counselor for additional information. Please complete a FAFSA before meeting with a counselor. If you need assistance completing the FAFSA, the state’s College Planning Center of Rhode Island offers help at no charge. Walk-in help is also available at The Office of Enrollment Services on the Kingston and Providence campuses.

Tuition Waivers for Unemployed, Senior Citizens and Disabled Veterans

Learn more about these waivers at The Office of Enrollment Services. All waivers require students to file a FAFSA.

Payment Plans

For families wishing to budget their annual term bill expenses into monthly installments, the University offers the URI Tuition Payment Plan. This monthly plan is an interest-free alternative to lump-sum payments. It allows the student the opportunity to spread annual tuition and fee expenses into 8, 9, or 10 monthly installments, depending on the date of plan enrollment. More information is available in The Office of Enrollment Services.

Learn More, call 401.277.5454 or get started online.

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