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Tuition Assistance​

DoD’s Tuition Assistance (TA) Program

Important Note: All prospective Tuition Assistance Students must first speak with their unit Education Service Officer (ESO), a military counselor, or visit their local installation Education Center regarding the use of Federal Tuition Assistance. Service members must coordinate with ESO's and receive approval from commanders before they begin using Federal Tuition Assistance.

Point of Contact:

The following individual has been designated as the point of contact for academic and financial advising, including access to disability counseling, to assist Service members with completion of studies and with job search activities:

Maria Boutier
Assistant Bursar
mboutier@ric.edu
401-456-8130

This individual will serve as the point of contact for Service members seeking information about available, appropriate academic counseling, financial aid counseling, and student support services. This individual has a basic understanding of the military tuition assistance program, ED Title IV funding, education benefits offered by the VA, and familiarity with services available to assist Service members. This individual is not exclusively dedicated to providing these services and, as appropriate, may refer the Service member to other individuals with an ability to provide these services, both on- and off-campus.

Access to Financial Aid Advisor:

Before offering, recommending, arranging, signing-up, dispersing, or enrolling Service members for private student loans, Rhode Island College will provide Service members access to a financial aid advisor who will make available appropriate loan counseling, including, but not limited to: (1) Providing a clear and complete explanation of available financial aid, including Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended; (2) Describing the differences between private and federal student loans to include terms, conditions, repayment and forgiveness options; (3) Disclosing the College’s student loan Cohort Default Rate (CDR), the percentage of its students who borrow, and how its CDR compares to the national average; and (4) Explaining that students have the ability to refuse all or borrow less than the maximum student loan amount allowed.

Readmission Policy:

Rhode Island College allows Service members and reservists to be readmitted to a program if they are temporarily unable to attend class or have to suspend their studies due to service requirements.

Rhode Island College Follows the regulation released by ED (34 C.F.R. 668.8) regarding readmissions requirements for returning Service members seeking readmission to a program that was interrupted due to a Military service obligation, and apply those provisions to Service members that are temporarily unable to attend classes for less than 30 days within a semester or similar enrollment period due to a Military service obligation when such absence results in a withdrawal under College policies.

Program Integrity:

Rhode Island College does not participate in fraudulent or aggressive recruitment of military students including, but not limited to, providing compensation to individuals for securing military enrollments or engaging in high-pressure recruitment tactics.

Rhode Island College bans inducements, including any gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan, transportation, lodging, meals, or other item having a monetary value of more than a de minimis amount, to any individual or entity, or its agents including third party lead generators or marketing firms other than salaries paid to employees or fees paid to contractors in conformity with all applicable laws for the purpose of securing enrollments of Service members or obtaining access to TA funds. College sponsored scholarships or grants and tuition reductions available to military students are permissible.

Rhode Island College refrains from providing any commission, bonus, or other incentive payment based directly or indirectly on securing enrollments or federal financial aid (including TA funds) to any persons or entities engaged in any student recruiting, admission activities, or making decisions regarding the award of student financial assistance.

Rhode Island College refrains from high-pressure recruitment tactics such as making multiple unsolicited contacts (3 or more), including contacts by phone, email, or in-person, and engaging in same-day recruitment and registration for the purpose of securing Service member enrollments.

Rhode Island College refrains from automatic program renewals, bundling courses or enrollments.

Credit Transfer Policies:

http://www.ric.edu/student-consumer-information/Pages/default.aspx

Financial Aid Application Process (including a timeline for applying):

http://www.ric.edu/financialaid/Pages/Prospective-Undergraduates.aspx

http://www.ric.edu/financialaid/Pages/Current-Undergraduates.aspx

Estimated Direct Expenses:

The financial aid information brochure located on Rhode Island College’s website outlines estimated direct expenses, which include tuition, fees, room and board:

http://www.ric.edu/financialaid/documents/Financial-Aid-Brochure.pdf​

Cost of Books and Other Course Material:

https://ric.bncollege.com/shop/ric/home

http://www.ric.edu/financialaid/documents/Financial-Aid-Brochure.pdf

http://www.ric.edu/financialaid/Pages/default.aspx

http://www.ric.edu/student-consumer-information/Pages/default.aspx​

Return of TA Funds:

Rhode Island College will return any TA Program funds directly to the Military Service, not to the Service member. Up to the start date, Rhode Island College will return all (100 percent) TA funds to the appropriate Military Service when the Service member does not: (i) Begin attendance at the College; or (ii) Start a course, regardless of whether the student starts other courses.

Rhode Island College will return any TA funds paid for a course that is cancelled by the College.

Rhode Island College will return any unearned TA funds on a proportional basis through at least the 60 percent portion of the period for which the funds were provided. TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period, with unearned funds returned based upon when a student stops attending. In instances when a Service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, Rhode Island College will work with the affected Service member to identify solutions that will not result in a student debt for the returned portion.

Tuition charged to a Service member will in no case exceed the rate charged to nonmilitary students, unless agreed upon in writing by both the College and the Service.

Helpful Websites:

The College Scorecard is a planning tool and resource to assist prospective students and their families as they evaluate options in selecting a school. The College Scorecard is located at: http://collegecost.ed.gov/scorecard/

The College Navigator is a consumer tool that provides school information to include tuition and fees, retention and graduation rates, use of financial aid, student loan default rates and features a cost calculator and school comparison tool. The College Navigator is located at: http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/​

The “Paying for College” webpage can be used by prospective students to enter the names of up to three schools and receive detailed financial information on each one and to enter actual financial aid award information. The tool is located at: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/paying-for-college/​​​​​

Page last updated: August 16, 2019