URI freezes summer session tuition rates

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — March 19, 1999 — Here’s something cool for the summer. The University of Rhode Island has frozen its tuition rate, which means students can take courses at the 1998 bargain prices. Last summer, the University lowered tuition 10 percent for in-state students and 50 percent for out-of-state students. Since the lowered tuition remains in effect this summer, residents will only have to pay $118 per undergraduate credit and $166 per graduate credit while out-of-state students will only have to pay $226 per undergraduate credit and $253 per graduate credit. When the price was lowered in 1998, student enrollment climbed to 4,438, an increase of 27 percent over the summer of 1997. Students also seemed to like going to school in the summer; 92 percent of the students surveyed rated the sessions as “excellent” or “good.” Buoyed by the increased enrollment, URI decided to repeat the success this summer. “We’re happy to give a much needed break to students. By taking a course in the summer, students not only can save money, but can lighten their course load, and shorten their time in school,” says Walter A. Crocker, dean of the URI Feinstein College of Continuing Education, which oversees the summer sessions. More than 300 course sections will be offered on both the Providence and Kingston campuses. Most courses are offered either in the morning or evening. (The course schedule will be inserted in numerous newspapers April 1.) URI offers two consecutive sessions during the summer, the first beginning May 24, right after commencement, and the second beginning June 28 and ending July 31. There are no classes during August. For more information, call either 401-277-5000 (northern Rhode Island) or 401-874-2107 (southern Rhode Island). For More Information: Dean Walter A. Crocker, 401-277-5080 Jan Sawyer, 401-874-2116