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University of Rhode Island Freezes Tuition for 2013-14; increases financial aid to record levels

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 18, 2013 --The University of Rhode Island has frozen tuition for 2013-14 for both Rhode Islanders and non-resident students and has increased financial aid to record levels.

“We believe the tuition freeze for both in-state and out-of-state students, as well as the increase in financial aid, is an important step forward in addressing affordability and access to higher education,” said URI President David M. Dooley.

“While we recognize that a college education is a major investment, we also know that college graduates fare much better in the labor markets than those without degrees, and are better prepared for success in a global economy.

“Access to education is essential to sustained economic development,” continued President Dooley. “At the University of Rhode Island, we are working every day to educate our students for relevant careers in a global economy and provide the kind of learning that not only will prepare them to thrive in an environment of innovation and rapid change, but to become innovators themselves.“

“One of the most important investments we can make is in the potential of our students,” said Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee. “We must do all we can to ensure that motivated and hardworking Rhode Islanders can attain a quality college education. And we must ensure that they can do so without taking on mounting levels of debt. The biggest barriers to these goals are ever-increasing tuition rates. I have made investing in public education a priority and I am proud that the leadership of the University of Rhode Island has been able to freeze tuition rates.”

“The University’s investment in financial aid at the undergraduate and graduate levels will increase to record levels as we seek to meet the needs of our students,” added Dean Libutti, vice provost for enrollment management. “In-state undergraduate tuition is frozen at last year’s rate of $10,878 and out-of-state undergraduate tuition at $26,444. For more tuition and fee data, visit http://www.uri.edu/admission/payingforURI.html.

“The undergraduate applicant pool also continues to grow in number and quality," said Libutti. The University received a record number of applications for the upcoming fall 2013 freshman class this year, breaking last year’s record application numbers.

The University of Rhode Island is the largest university in the nation’s smallest state. As a result, it offers research, internships, international travel and learning experiences typically found at larger universities, alongside the friendly, student-centered atmosphere of smaller institutions. More than 100 undergraduate degree programs are offered. Among the more than 700 faculty members, 84 percent hold doctorates.

The campus community represents diverse cultures, lifestyles, beliefs, religions, political affiliations, and philosophies. Its 16,688 undergraduate and graduate students come from 45 U.S. states and territories and 58 nations; 19 percent identify themselves as students of color and/or international students.

About 6,200 students live on campus in 23 residence halls that range from traditional corridor-style to apartment style. About 1,000 fraternity and sorority members live on campus in nationally affiliated houses. Other students commute from home or houses and apartments in nearby beach communities.

The University’s 1,200-acre campus is perfectly located in the historic village of Kingston, just 30 miles south of Providence, a 90-minute drive or quick train ride to Boston, and a few hours from New York City. It’s also just six miles from Rhode Island’s beaches.