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Freshman FAQ

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 Welcome Days?

Welcome Days are for admitted students only and are coordinated by the Office of Admission. All admitted students receive an email invitation and a printed invitation to these events with a link to the online registration.

How do I sign-up for Freshman Orientation?

Freshman Orientation is coordinated by The Office of New Student Programs, for more information, visit


Where is the Freshman Calendar?

December: Activate your e-Campus account:

January 1-March1: FAFSA available for early filing: (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

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


What is e-Campus?

e-Campus is the University's electronic access system for students. Students can visit our website: 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: 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.

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: 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!

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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The IRS Data Retrieval Process will only transfer information from an original tax return and not from an amended tax return. Similarly, the IRS Tax Return Transcript only includes information from the original tax return. While the IRS Tax Account Transcript, does include tax return items that were changed when an amended return was filed, it does not include all of the data that did not change. We have determined that neither an IRS Tax Return Transcript nor an IRS Tax Account Transcript, either individually or together, provide all of the information needed for verification when the tax filer filed an IRS Form 1040X “Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return”. Therefore, when an institution is aware that the tax filer filed, or will file, an amended tax return with the IRS, it must obtain signed copies of both the original tax return and the IRS Form 1040X that were filed with the IRS. The institution would use the information from both forms to complete verification.


What if my financial situation has changed since I filed my FAFSA?

If your financial situation has changed due to loss of job or benefits, separation or divorce, death or other special circumstances, please outline the nature of this change in a letter to the office of Enrollment Services using our Online Forms. Click on "Special Circumstances Dependent 2015-2016". Please be sure to include supporting documentation. Once we have received this information, a determination will be made for additional financial aid awards if funds are available.

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!

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).

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: Please be aware that students must also complete Entrance Counseling

Funds will not be disbursed until both the MPN and Entrance Counseling requirements are completed. Parents must also complete an additional application at: which will be available after

April 30, 2015.

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
New England Regional*
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
New England Regional*

*Please visit our admissions web site: for an explanation of eligibility for the New England Regional Program.

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

Enrollment Services is excited to announce that electronic billing (e-Bills) will be 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

Does URI offer a monthly payment plan?

Yes! Students can enroll in our monthly tuition payment plan, administered by Sallie Mae, 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:

What is Higher One?

Higher One is the financial institution with whom we have partnered to distribute refunds.  All students will be sent a URI Refund Debit Card by mail following orientation.  Do not throw this card away!  Using the card, 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:

How do I register for classes?

You will register for classes at Freshman Orientation.  For more information, visit


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: 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: for more program information.

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Attention: Please update your URIEmergencyALERT information here.

Attention:  Please be sure your completed FAFSA includes the University of Rhode Island Federal School Code 003414.

Quick Links

Parent Plus Loan Application

Graduate Plus Loan Application

e-Bill Information

2014-2015 Tuition and Fee Information

Accept/Decline Financial Aid Awards

Financial Aid Awards

IRS Data Retrieval Option for FAFSA

URI Summer Sessions

Estimated Undergraduate Tuition and Fees 2015-2016

Estimated Graduate Tuition and Fees 2015-2016

Parent/Third Party Access to e-Campus

Non-Degree Student Registration Application

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