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Welcome and congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Rhode Island! 

You have questions and we have answers! If you do not find what you are looking for on this page, please contact us at 401-874-9500.

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How do I sign-up for Freshman Orientation?

Freshman Orientation is coordinated by The Office of New Student Programs, for more information, visit www.uri.edu/orientation/

 

Where is the Freshman Calendar?

December: Activate your e-Campus account: www.uri.edu/ecampus/

January 1-March1: FAFSA available for early filing: www.fafsa.ed.gov (URI code:  003414)

Please note: Applying is easier with the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. In early February, students and parents who have completed their 2014 IRS tax return will be able to use FAFSA on the Web to electronically view their tax information. With just a few simple steps, the tax information can also be securely transferred into the FAFSA.

For more information go to IRS Data Retrieval Information

February: Requests for additional information will be mailed to those students who have been selected for FAFSA verification. Your prompt response to this request will ensure a more accurate award package in March.

March 1: Priority deadline for filing FAFSA. This deadline is for receiving your best financial aid package. However, you may fill out your FAFSA at any time beyond this date.

Mid-March: Financial aid awards mailed and available for viewing on e-Campus.

March/April: Access your e-Campus account to accept, decline or adjust your financial aid awards.

May 1: Enrollment and Housing Deposit deadline.

June:  Complete all requirements necessary to receive your financial aid:

June/July: Watch for your URI Refund Card to arrive in the mail.  Choose your refund preference by visiting https://urirefundcard.higheroneaccount.com/

September: Release of financial aid funds to student accounts. Be sure you have selected your refund preference.  For more information, please visit: https://urirefundcard.higheroneaccount.com/

 

What is e-Campus?

e-Campus is the University's electronic access system for students. Students can visit our website: http://www.uri.edu/ecampus/ and find step-by-step instructions for logging on to e-Campus which will provide access to personal, academic, and financial information through the internet.

 

How do I sign on to e_Campus, the University's electronic access system for students?

Go to our web site: http://www.uri.edu/ecampus/ and you will find step-by-step instructions for logging on to e-Campus which will provide access to personal, academic, and financial information through the internet.

 

Where is Enrollment Services located?

We are located on the second floor of Green Hall.

 

Does my student need to keep the school health insurance if they are covered under my plan?

 

If your student is already covered by your health insurance plan, you may file a health insurance waiver to have the charge removed from your bill at:

http://web.uri.edu/healthservices/health-insurance-waiver/  (Available after July 1)

 

How do I apply for financial aid?

 

1. To be considered for all types of aid at URI, including Federal, State and University funds, your first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at: www.fafsa.ed.gov and release it to URI (003414). This form should be completed as soon as possible after January 1st, with a priority deadline of March 1st.

For quicker and more accurate processing, we recommend using the IRS Data Retrieval tool when filling out your FAFSA. For more information go to:  IRS Data Retrieval

2. Your FAFSA information determines your eligibility for a broad range of financial aid. Many families mistakenly think they don't qualify for aid and prevent themselves from receiving financial aid by failing to apply for it.

3. In addition, there are a few sources of aid such as unsubsidized Stafford and PLUS loans that are available regardless of need.

4. Once you have filed your FAFSA, a financial aid award notification will be mailed to you. The FAFSA form is free. There is no good excuse for not applying!

 

Do I have to file a FAFSA every year?

 

Yes! You must file a FAFSA (fafsa.ed.gov) each year after January 1 for the upcoming academic year.


I have been selected for "verification." What does that mean?

 

Verification is a process, initiated by the U.S. Department of Education or by the Financial Aid office, requiring you to submit a Verification Worksheet (see our online forms), use the IRS Data Retrieval option, (or send in IRS Tax Return Transcripts) (How to order a Tax Transcript )and/or other documents to the office of Enrollment Services. If your application is selected for verification, you will not be eligible for federal aid until this process is finalized. To avoid unnecessary delays, please submit all required documents promptly. Learning how to use the IRS Data Retrieval process will simplify and expedite the verification process. Filers of amended returns. Students or parents who file an amended return (IRS Form 1040X) cannot use the IRS DRT, and if they amend the return after using the DRT to fill out the FAFSA, you cannot rely on that data. Instead, you will need to use information from these documents to complete verification:


1. a signed copy of the 1040X form that was filed and


2. a signed copy of the original tax return that was filed, or a tax return
transcript (which does not have to be signed).

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How can I see my financial aid package?

 

Students can log into eCampus and view their financial aid information at: web.uri.edu/ecampus/student-access/

Students can also grant parent access to their financial aid information, as well as their billing and records information, by following the instructions at: www.uri.edu/es/GrantingAccess3rdParty.html

 

When will my financial aid awards be credited to my account?

 

Your financial aid awards will be disbursed in equal amounts at the start of each semester if you have:

  1. Registered on time for the minimum number of credits required by your financial aid award programs;
  2. Completed all necessary paperwork, including promissory notes, if required; and have
  3. No disbursement holds on your record (check your e-Campus account).

 

What is a "To Do" list and how can I see it?

 

This list indicates any outstanding items that a student may need to complete. The student To Do list can be accessed through a student's eCampus account.

 

I see the student Direct loan offer on the financial aid letter. What are the next steps to apply for the student loan?

 

Application instructions for student Direct loans can be found at:

http://www.uri.edu/es/students/finance/UndergradandPLUSLoanInsert1516.pdf


How do I apply for the Parent PLUS loan?

 

Application instructions for parent PLUS loans can be found at:

http://www.uri.edu/es/students/finance/UndergradandPLUSLoanInsert1516.pdf

 

Where do the student and parent sign the Master Promissory Note (MPN) for a Federal Ford Direct Loan and/or a Parent PLUS Loan?

 

Students and parents may sign their MPN on-line at: Studentloans.gov Please be aware that students must also complete Entrance Counseling at:Studentloans.gov

Funds will not be disbursed until both the MPN and Entrance Counseling requirements are completed. Parents must also complete an additional application at:http://www.uri.edu/es/students/finance/parentplus.html which will be available after

April 30, 2015.

 

What are the interest rates for Federal Direct Loans?

 

The fixed interest rates for Direct loans for 2015-16 are: Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans 4.29% and Parent PLUS loans 6.84%. These rates are set by the federal government each year.


Can I defer payments on the Parent PLUS loan?

Yes! You may defer repayment on the Parent PLUS loan. You may select the deferred repayment option at: studentloans.gov when you fill out your application.

 

What is an alternative loan and how can I get one?

 

Alternative loans are private loans offered by lending institutions. They are not part of the federal government's Direct Loan program. These loans are in the student's name and often require a cosigner. The University of Rhode Island does not recommend any particular alternative loan lender. We encourage parents and students to "shop around" to find the best interest rates and terms for these loans.

 

Are there any scholarships that I can apply for?

 

The following web sites are good resources for general financial aid information and outside scholarship sources. Remember, if you have to pay money to get money, it is probably a scam!

 

I have a change in income for the upcoming year. What do I do?

 

If your family has had a change in circumstances and you feel that your family's 2014 income information used to file the FAFSA is not accurately reflective of your present financial circumstances, you may fill out the Dependent Student Special Circumstances Appeal form for 2015-16 at:

www.uri.edu/es/forms/pdf/fa/Dependent_Student_Special_Circumstances_Appeal_2015_16.pdf

 

How much does it cost to attend URI?

 

The following are the estimated costs for the 2015-2016 academic year. Please note that tuition and fee amounts can vary based on course enrollment, academic program, and room and board selections.

Tuition and Fees:
RI Residents
Out-of-State
New England Regional*
$12,862
$28,852
$21,208
Average Room & Meal Plan: $11,956
Average Books and Supplies: $1,200
Transportation: $246 (in-state)
$922 (out-of-state / regional)
Miscellaneous Expenses: $1,800
Total Cost of Attendance:
RI Residents
Out-of-State
New England Regional*
$28,136
$44,802
$37,158

*Please visit our admissions web site: www.uri.edu/admission/newenglandprog for an explanation of eligibility for the New England Regional Program.


When will I receive my term bill? Can I view it on-line?

Electronic billing (e-Bills) is the official billing method for tuition and fee invoices at the University of Rhode Island!  Students can access their e-Bill Portal, and view/pay their e-Bills online via e-Campus. Students can also invite other payers, such as a parent, to access their e-Bill Portal and view/pay their e-Bills. When a term bill is ready for viewing, the student and all invited payers will receive an email notification which directs them to log in and open the e-Bill. Paper invoices will not be mailed, however; invoices can be printed from the e-Bill Portal. Electronic payments are encouraged, but a payment coupon can be printed from the e-Bill Portal for those who prefer to pay by mailing a check.

Fall e-Bills will be generated in mid-July and payment will be due during the third week of August. Please note that tuition and fee charges are based on actual enrollment, so adding and dropping courses may cause changes in your bill. Students can always access up-to-date, detailed billing information online via e-Campus at www.uri.edu/ecampus.

Does URI offer a monthly payment plan?

Yes! Students can enroll in our monthly tuition payment plan, administered by Higher One, which allows families to pay their annual tuition and fee expenses in up to 10 monthly payments.  The plan runs from June 1st through October 1st for the Fall semester, and from November 1st through March 1st for the Spring semester.  To learn more about this payment option and to enroll, please visit our web site at: www.uri.edu/es/students/bill/mppletter.html.

What is Higher One?

Higher One is the financial institution with whom we have partnered to distribute refunds.  All students will be sent an enrollment packet by mail following orientation.  This packet contains a URI Refund Debit Card and a Personal Code.  Do not throw this green envelope away!  Using their Personal Code, students will access a website where they can choose how they want to receive their refunds.  There are 3 choices:  (1) funds can be  deposited to their URI Refund Debit Card, (2) funds can be deposited to their own bank account via ACH, or (3) funds can be issued by paper check.  To learn more, please visit: https://www.uri.edu/es/about/HigherOneFAQ.html.

How do I register for classes?

You will register for classes at Freshman Orientation.  For more information, visit www.uri.edu/orientation/

 

How do I access Sakai, for online courses or online course materials?


At the start of each semester, courses and course rosters are pulled from e_Campus and placed into Sakai. Once you have registered for a course in e_Campus that information is transferred to Sakai.


You can access the Sakai portal at: https://sakai.uri.edu/portal. Enter your eCampus username and Email/Sakai/Wireless password (generally not your eCampus password). Try logging into your Student Email first to make sure this username/password combination is correct. If you still have trouble logging in, please contact the Help Desk at 874-HELP for assistance.

 

What is the New England Regional Program?

If you are a resident of a New England state other than Rhode Island, The New England Board of Higher Education provides discounted tuition for a select group of majors. Please visit our web site: http://www.uri.edu/admission/newenglandprog.html for more program information.


Helpful Links

Where can I get a student ID?

http://web.uri.edu/catalog/university-id-card/

How do I get a job on campus?

http://uri.edu/career

Directions to Campus
http://www.uri.edu/home/campus/

What About Housing?
http://housing.uri.edu/

Dining/Meal Plans
http:/www.uri.edu/dining/

Health Immunizations

http://health.uri.edu/immunizations.php

Health Insurance Waivers
https://health.uri.edu/waiver/

How do I purchase my textbooks and/or computers?
http://www.uri.edu/bookstore/navigate/

Where can I get a map of the campus?
http://www.uri.edu/home/visitors/Map/KingstonCampus.pdf

Is the University on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube?
Go to http://www.uri.edu and scroll to the bottom of the page so see the links for all three social networking sites.

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2015-2016 Tuition and Fee Information

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