PROVIDENCE – The state’s three state colleges are asking for an increase in tuition fees because a drop in enrollment during the pandemic negatively impacted their income.
Rhode Island College is asking for an increase of more than 2.5% and the Community College of Rhode Island is asking for a tuition increase of more than 2.2%, including fees, for next fall. The news comes after a 5% increase at the RIC and a 2.5% increase at the CCRI last year.
At Rhode Island College, the increase means an additional $ 264 per in-state student and $ 598 per out-of-state student. Tuition fees within the state, including compulsory fees, are currently $ 10,702 per year and tuition fees out of state are $ 25,900 per year. The school had the third highest tuition fees for out-of-state New England residents, according to a report, after Plymouth State University and the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth .
At a meeting of the Council on Post-Secondary Education on Wednesday evening, RIC president Frank D. Sánchez said enrollment had declined. Enrollment this fall fell 10 percent from a year earlier, according to a college spokesperson. Last December, Sánchez reported that school enrollment fell 6%, which translated into a loss of $ 6.1 million in tuition income.
Sánchez said the tuition fee increase could generate around $ 1 million in tuition income.
The college will still ask for an estimated $ 35 million bond for a student services building to be added to the ballot in November 2022, a $ 60 million bond to upgrade the Fogarty Life Sciences building, $ 35 million to upgrade the Whipple Hall & Steam Plan in November 2024 ballot and a potential bond of an undetermined amount for a center for student learning and success.
Sánchez also called for a $ 2.9 million increase in state aid.
At Community College of Rhode Island, the tuition increase means an additional $ 100 for state students each year and an additional $ 10 for “technology fees.” Tuition fees at CIRB are currently $ 4,980 and the increase will mean tuition fees will exceed $ 5,000 per year.
Community college enrollments fell from 2,184 students from fall 2020 to fall 2021, the college estimates.
Hughes also requested $ 54.9 million in state credits, which is a 4.7% increase over his 2021 fiscal budget.
Hughes said the increases would be used to help develop a digital learning strategy, invest in instructional design, provide remote access for student support and invest in faculty development. She described the general bond requests, which included $ 52 million in November 2022, $ 52 million in November 2024 and $ 55 million in 2026. Most of the bond requests will be used to fund classroom upgrades, a 3D printing laboratory, etc.
As previously reported by The Globe, the University of Rhode Island is seeking a 2.5% tuition increase for in-state and out-of-state students for the 2022-2023 school year, the president said. Marc Parlange. announced in an email to the URI community in September.
The tuition fee increases have been unanimously approved by Council and will be submitted to Governor Dan McKee and the General Assembly as recommendations for approval.