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Tuition Appeals Committee

Tuition Appeals are for students who are requesting a refund, credit or balance waiver of their tuition charges due to extenuating circumstances preventing attendance that occurred during a given term. All grades received and recorded on the students transcripts will not be affected by this process and will remain as part of the student’s academic record.

The Tuition Appeals Committee will consider requests for adjustments to tuition charges when a student can document extenuating circumstances such as: (Please review the Tuition Appeal Guidelines )

In all cases, the situation must have interrupted your ability to:

  1. Adhere to the standard drop procedures
  2. Attend class(es) for a substantial length of time
  3. Complete the semester

Examples of reasons not accepted are:

  • Appealing for non-refundable registration fees
  • Voluntary employment change
  • Class assignments not met (see Department Chair)*
  • Issues between the student and the instructor (see Department Chair)*
  • Disciplinary Action
  • Unaware of drop schedule
  • Non attendance
  • Didn’t like the course for which you registered
  • Incorrect course advising recommendations provided by “other” college
  • Instructor says they will take care of it. Student is responsible for changes to his/her schedule

Students who do not meet the above criteria or who cannot document their mitigating circumstances may qualify for the Second Chance program. [Learn More]

Appeals must be received within 120 days from the end of the term in which the course was offered. Appeals older than 120 days that do not have supporting documentation showing an inability to attend will be denied.

* Please note: If your circumstance is due to an issue with the instructor, curriculum or class instruction methods, please visit with your instructor, Department Chair or the appropriate Academic Dean over your circumstance before attempting this process. Grade assignments and other academic issues are not within the scope of these procedures and are addressed in the Student Handbook.

Students should be aware that if a Tuition Appeal is submitted and they are a Financial Aid recipient, their Financial Aid may be impacted and they may potentially owe CCRI money. It is strongly suggested you meet with a Financial Aid Representative before you file a Tuition Appeal.

The committee meets twice a month on Thursday morning.  Appeals must be received in the office by 2:00pm the day before in order to be heard the following morning.  Appeals received after 2:00pm will be held over for the next scheduled meeting.

scheduled committee meetings
January 9, 2014 May 15, 2014 September 18, 2014
January 23, 2014 May 29, 2014 October 2, 2014
February 6, 2014 June 12, 2014 October 16, 2014
February 20, 2014 June 26, 2014 November 6, 2014
March 6, 2014 July 10, 2014 November 20, 2014
March 20, 2014 July 24, 2014 December 4, 2014
April 3, 2014 August 7, 2014 December 18, 2014
April 17, 2014 August 21, 2014  
May 1, 2014 September 4, 2014  

Students will receive a written response within a two-week period after the committee makes their final decision. Decisions will not be given over the phone.

Tuition Refund/Waiver Appeals Process

  1. Review the Tuition Appeal Guidelines
  2. Complete the Tuition Appeal Form - PDF file*
  3. Compose and attach an appeal letter explaining your situation, be specific, give details, state your case clearly .
  4. Attach the necessary documentation to support your claim.
  5. NOTE: Incomplete appeals will be returned

Submit all the above mentioned documents to:

Tuition Appeals Committee
Student Services, Rm 1054
Community College of Rhode Island
400 East Avenue
Warwick, RI 02886.
Fax to 401-825-1148 

*The Committee cannot be responsible for appeals that are submitted on other campuses or to other departments.  Appeals MUST be submitted to the above address*

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Last Updated: 4/1/14