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2021 Best Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Rhode Island

9 Colleges
$35,566 Avg Cost (With Aid)*
4.2 Years Avg Time to Graduate*

It's not easy to decide which college to attend when you have so many options available. College Factual has developed its Best Rhode Island Schools For The Money For Those Getting Aid ranking as one tool you can use to help make this decision.

We analyzed 9 colleges and universities to determine which were the best for overall value for the money with aid in Rhode Island. Quality is an important component in this ranking, so it is not just naming the schools with the cheapest price tag. Instead, it is identifying those institutions that offer the most value when taking their educational quality into consideration. Because of this, it is possible for one college to rank better than another, even if the latter college has a lower average cost.

Find out more about our ranking methodology.

When determining average cost, we look at total expenses, such as tuition, fees, books and supplies, room and board, and other living expenses, and then deduct the average amount of financial aid awarded to a student. This estimate is meant to give you a better picture of how much money you'll have to pay each year, either through self-pay, loans, or external scholarships.

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Top Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Rhode Island

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#1

University of Rhode Island

Kingston, Rhode Island

Our analysis found University of Rhode Island to be the best school for overall value for the money with aid in Rhode Island in this year’s ranking. Located in Kingston, Rhode Island, the fairly large public school awarded 3,624 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at URI about 4.3 years to graduate, and it costs students who receive aid about $20,603 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $89,005 to get a bachelor’s degree from URI. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The student loan default rate at the school is 4.4%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%.

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#2

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Brown University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Value Colleges in Rhode Island list. Brown University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Providence, Rhode Island that handed out 2,097 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Brown is 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $34,838 for students who receive aid. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Brown is $144,229. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The low student loan default rate of 1.0% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%. Brown did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges in Rhode Island list.

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#3

Rhode Island College

Providence, Rhode Island

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Rhode Island College. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Value Colleges in Rhode Island list. RIC is a public institution located in Providence, Rhode Island. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,402 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at RIC graduates in less than 4.8 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $18,599 for students who receive aid. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from RIC be around $88,717. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#4

Providence College

Providence, Rhode Island

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Providence College. The school came in at #4 in Rhode Island on this year’s best value ranking. Providence, Rhode Island is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,119 students in 2018-2019.

At Providence, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.0 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $42,394. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Providence is $171,272. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 3.7%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. Providence also made our Best Colleges in Rhode Island list, coming in at #2.

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#5

Roger Williams University

Bristol, Rhode Island

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Roger Williams University. The school came in at #5 in Rhode Island on this year’s best value ranking. Located in Bristol, Rhode Island, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 935 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at RWU to complete their degree, and it costs students who receive aid about $38,729 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from RWU is $159,176. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The student loan default rate at the school is 2.7%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%. RWU did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges in Rhode Island list.

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#6

Bryant University

Smithfield, Rhode Island

Bryant University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in Rhode Island list. Located in Smithfield, Rhode Island, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 931 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.0 years for the average student at Bryant to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $43,976. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Bryant is $178,103. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 3.0%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. Bryant also made our Best Colleges in Rhode Island list, coming in at #4.

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#7

Rhode Island School of Design

Providence, Rhode Island

With a ranking of #7, Rhode Island School of Design did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Rhode Island list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Providence, Rhode Island, and it awarded 501 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at RISD to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $46,723 for students who receive aid. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from RISD be around $198,106. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 3.1%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, RISD is ranked #3 for overall quality in Rhode Island.

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#8

Salve Regina University

Newport, Rhode Island

Salve Regina University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Rhode Island ranking. Located in Newport, Rhode Island, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 558 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Salve Regina is 4.1 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $39,015 for students who receive aid. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Salve Regina is $159,181. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 2.8%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%.

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#9

Johnson & Wales University - Providence

Providence, Rhode Island

Johnson & Wales University - Providence ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in Rhode Island list. Located in Providence, Rhode Island, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,570 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at JWU Providence about 4.2 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $35,221 for students who receive aid. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from JWU Providence be around $146,519. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 9 schools only.

  • For our state-specific rankings, we use in-state tuition to calculate average cost. For our national and regional rankings, we use a weighted average of in-state and non-resident tuition.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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