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Quinn Hall Rm 204, 55 Lower College Rd, Kingston, RI 02881


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Residency Guidelines

Discounted in-state tuition is available to students who meet the residency requirements for the state of Rhode Island. Also, the New England Regional Student Program allows New England residents to enroll at out-of-state New England public colleges and universities at a discount if they enroll in an approved degree program not offered by the public colleges and universities in their home state.

To enroll:

Step 1:

  • If you live in Rhode Island, review the Rhode Island Residency Policy to see if you qualify for In-state tuition;
  • If you live in New England (outside of RI), check to see if your degree program qualifies for the RSP Tuition Break.

Step 2:

  • Download and complete the Graduate School Certificate of Residence form and follow the instructions for providing proof of residency.
    • If you have been a registered voter for one year in Rhode Island (or your home state if claiming Regional Residency), have the above form notarized by the town/city clerk and submit to the Graduate School.
    • If not, see these instructions on which additional supporting documents to include with your application.
  • Mail or deliver to the URI Graduate School, Quinn Hall Rm 204, 55 Lower College Road, Kingston, RI 02881. Please do not fax or scan documents.


Under certain circumstances, students may apply for reclassification as a Rhode Island student for the purposes of paying resident tuition and fees. If you would like to be considered for reclassification from regional- or out-of-state tuition to in-state tuition complete the Petition for Reclassification form, have it notarized and send it, along with any supporting documents, to the University of Rhode Island Graduate School, Quinn Hall, Room 204, Suite 2, Kingston, R.I. 02881. The Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education has set a high bar for changing from out-of-state to in-state residency for tuition purposes and you must prove that you did not come here solely for the purpose of education. To effect this change you must show clear and compelling evidence that you intend to have Rhode Island be your permanent place of residence following the completion of your studies. Such evidence may include one of the items in this document.

Undocumented Students Living in Rhode Island

To qualify for in-state tuition, the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education requires that undocumented students submit the appropriate forms. Review the Guidance for Students and Families of Undocumented Students and submit an affidavit and student application.

Military, veterans and dependents

Review the applicable form:

Send the completed application and supporting documents to the address listed on the form. For more information, call (401) 874-2262 or email

Residency Forms and Instructions

RI/Regional ResidencyBoard of Governor’s In-State Policy
RI/Regional ResidencyRegional Residency Information
RI/Regional ResidencyCertificate of Residence
RI/Regional ResidencyPetition for Re-Classification
RI/Regional ResidencyRI Residency Re-Classification Instructions
RI/Regional ResidencyRI/New England Regional Residency Instructions
RI/Regional ResidencyMilitary Eligibility and Documentation

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