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NSE is a great fit for almost every budget because students always pay in-state tuition to URI or to the host institution. The two billing options are:

Plan B - Pay URI's Instate Tuition and Fees (URI preferred)

We discuss Plan B first, because it is The University of Rhode Island's policy to always attempt to place our students on Plan B at a partner University. Plan B allows eligible students to continue paying tuition to URI.


Whether the URI student is currently billed out-of-state, regional or in-state tuition, all applicants will pay URI's Instate Tuition & Fees if accepted on Plan B.

**Housing, Meals any additional expenses are always paid directly to the host campus. See below, information on using financial aid and scholarships.


Plan A - Pay the Host Campus Instate Tuition and Fees (only allowed if Plan B is unavailable)

If a partner university (host campus) is not able to admit a URI student on plan B, they may offer the student the opportunity to pay instate tuition and fees directly to their campus. Again, this option is only available if Plan B is not an option.

Please review the detailed "Member Campus" Profile on the NSE website to learn whether a campus accepts students on Plan A or B. Many campuses accept on both plans. You can also review the instate tuition and fees for Plan A universities on the campus profile pages.


Preparing Financially for NSE

1. Explore multiple campuses, destinations and states.


Take the time to investigate all of the Universities that participate in the National Student Exchange program here. Select at least 3 schools, and note if they accept students on Plan A or B or both. If Plan A, be sure to record their tuition and fee cost in addition to housing and meal plans. Ensure that the campus fits your academic and personal goals before.

2. Review the URI policies on using financial aid and scholarships below.



Application Fee

Upon submission of an NSE application, all URI students must pay a $150 non-refundable application and placement fee.

Off Campus Study Registration Fee

$483 (Subject to change) per semester, non-refundable; paid to URI with submission of an OCS form to the Office of International Education

Administrative Fee

$350 per semester, paid to URI

Travel Expenses

Varies, arranged and paid by participating student

Room & Board

Varies, paid to host institution.

(Consult the NSE Directory for current fees.)







Tuition and Fees

Instate tuition and fees of the host institution paid to host institution.

(Consult the NSE Directory for current fees.)

URI in-state resident tuition and fees, paid to URI.

Financial Aid

URI scholarships, such as Centennial, Hardge or University Grants do not apply to program costs, and Federal Aid is disbursed by the host institution, for Plan A participants.

URI tuition waivers and scholarships, such as Centennial, Hardge, or University Grants do apply to program costs, and Federal Aid is disbursed by URI, for Plan B participants.


It is important to know that:

  • For PLAN B, the amount of an institutional award, such as the Hardge Grant or a Centennial Scholarship, will be based, not on previous URI awards, but on instate tuition and fess. In no case will the award exceed these costs as determined by the URI Financial Aid Office. Furthermore, Centennial and other URI grants will be the first to be applied to the student's financial aid package, prior to any other aid applications.
  • Rhode Island tuition waivers can be applied only to PLAN B exchange programs.
  • Students on PLAN A placements will need to work with a Financial Aid officer at the host campus, after acceptance, to process any federal aid. This will include updating your FAFSA forms with the federal government if applicable. To avoid losing any URI scholarships, consider a Plan B partner university.

3. Additional URI NSE Fees


In addition to the instate tuition and fees, housing and meal plan costs, ALL students intending to participate on NSE must pay the following required fees to URI for each term they are abroad:

The non-refundable NSE Application Fee of $150 is required when submitting an application. It is non-refundable whether admitted or not and can be rolled to another semester if an applicant wishes to try for a different term.

The Off-Campus Study Registration Fee (Click here for undergraduate fees) maintains your registration while studying elsewhere. It will ensure that you remain registered, that all eligible financial aid will be applied to the program, and that you will have continued, uninterrupted access, to all URI services (such as e-mail, health insurance, and academic advising).

The OIE Administrative Fee (2015-16): $350 per semester/$150 per summer session) covers the costs of operating off-campus programs, the expenses associated with URI Risk Management Policies and URI Pre-Departure Workshops and materials.

Note: All fees are subject to change.

4. Consult with Enrollment Services

  • If you have not done so already, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) soon after January 1st for consideration for the following academic-year Fall, Spring and Summer terms.
  • Meet with an Financial Aid Advisor to determine the amount of aid that you will qualify for if accepted on Plan B. If accepted on Plan A, please contact the host campus' financial aid office after admission.
  • For Plan B only, bring a copy of your admission letter from the NSE partner campus that you are attending - which itemizes the costs of housing, meals and other mandatory fees. Be sure that it indicates the start and end date - bring these to the Enrollment Services Office in Green Hall and ask to speak with a Financial Aid counselor.

Important Notes about Financial Aid

  • Disbursement of financial aid can only be made ten days prior to the start of the recipient's first day of class. Therefore, some NSE expenses (housing, airline tickets, books) will need to be paid before financial aid is received and students should plan accordingly.



NSE Inforamtion


Prospective NSE Students (URI)

General Information Session

Visiting NSE Students (Non-URI)

Returning NSE Students

Exchange Student Evaluation Form