Beginning with the 2017 class, all RI high school graduates can choose to pursue an associate degree at the Community College of Rhode Island or a bachelor’s degree at the University of Rhode Island or Rhode Island College for four semesters tuition free, regardless of their family income.
RI Stay-the-Course Scholarship
The Stay-the-Course Scholarship at Rhode Island College is funded by an allocation from the Rhode Island State Higher Education Opportunity Grant program. The scholarship is awarded by the Office of Student Financial Aid to Rhode Island residents after completion of the freshman year at RIC. The scholarship is designed to increase our graduation rate by enabling these students to continue full-time study in their final three years at the college by reducing the need to work long hours off-campus. To qualify, a student must enter RIC at or during the freshman year, enroll full-time, be eligible for the federal Pell Grant and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. The scholarship will cover up to the difference between the standard cost of full tuition, registration fees, an allowance for books and the funds provided by the Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and merit-based scholarships. However, no scholarship will exceed need or 60% of a student’s annual cost of attendance. Recipients must remain Pell-eligible, continue full-time enrollment and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 for renewal in subsequent years.
CollegeBoundfund Academic Promise Scholarship
Administered by the Rhode Island Higher Education Assistance Authority, these need-based scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors planning to enroll full-time. The scholarships are restricted to Rhode Island residents, and selection is based on a combination of need and academic achievement as determined by test scores on either the SAT-I or ACT. Eligible students receive up to $2500 per year over four years for an aggregate total of $10,000. This program is limited to renewal applicants only.
Student Success Scholarship
This award was established to recognize high academic achievement during students’ first two years at the college and encourage degree completion within a timely manner. To qualify, a student must have initially entered RIC as a first-time, first-year freshman, have completed 60 credits with a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.0 by the end of their second year and maintain full-time enrollment. Students must have declared a major at the time of application and be eligible to register. The program provides for a limited number of $2,000 annual scholarships to be distributed evenly between the fall and spring semesters and are awarded primarily based on merit, but a valid FAFSA must be on file with the Financial Aid Office.
RIC Scholars Program
This program provides scholarships of $2,500 to entering freshmen with exceptional financial need and academic promise. These awards require continuous full-time enrollment and may be renewed for up to four years of study based on need and a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5. Eligibility is determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid using information from your academic record and your FAFSA.
Rhode Island College Grants
These need-based grants are available to both new and continuing undergraduate students enrolled at least half time. Grants may range from $100 to $13,000 depending upon need and cost of attendance. New freshmen and transfer students are required to file the FAFSA as early as possible after October 1st and before the published deadline. Funding is limited.
Rhode Island College Transfer Scholar Awards
These awards range from $2,500 to $5,000 and are based on academic achievement as well as financial need. To be considered, an entering transfer student must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 as determined by the college Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the time of acceptance. Eligibility is determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid, using information from the FAFSA. Awards may be renewed for up to three years of study based on need and maintenance of a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Continuous, full-time enrollment is required.
These merit-based scholarships of at least $2,000 per year are awarded to entering freshmen for up to four years of study. The scholarships are awarded based on the Admissions application, but awards are considered as part of the financial aid package for recipients who have also applied for financial aid. The minimum academic requirements needed to be considered for a Presidential Scholarship as an entering freshman are a high school class rank in the top 30% and combined SAT-I scores of at least 1170 (critical reading and mathematics) or an ACT composite score of at least 24.
Transfer students are also considered for these scholarships for up to three years of study. The minimum transfer requirement is a grade point average of at least 3.5 with a minimum of 24 earned credits. Renewal is requires maintaining continuous, full-time enrollment with a 3.0 cumulative G.P.A.
Entering freshmen who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement are invited to join the College Honors Program. Honors students are considered for scholarships from the Presidential Scholarship Program, Faculty Honors Scholarship Program and the Rhode Island College Foundation. These scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to students with the highest academic profiles. Awards typically range between $500 and $1,500 per year. Honors scholarships are renewable for up to four years, as long as a student maintains a B average and full-time status. If you are interested in the College Honors Program, remember to indicate this interest on your admissions application form.
Special Talent Awards
Special Talent Awards were established to recognize and encourage students who have exceptional talent or skill in the visual and performing arts, areas of intercollegiate competition (other than athletics), or similar fields. Currently, the College offers Special Talent Awards in the following areas: art, communications, dance, film studies, music, and theatre. While the requirements for these awards vary by department, award competition is open to entering freshmen and transfer students. Awards range from $100 to $2,500. Applicants should contact the academic department or club advisor in their area of interest.
The Rhode Island College Alumni Association offers a number of scholarships, both merit- and need-based, to new and advanced students. In addition, the association offers several scholarships each year to children and grandchildren of College alumni. An alumni scholarship application is available directly from the Alumni Office.