Thank you for completing your New Student Orientation.
Here are things you need to know to have a successful first semester at CCRI. Go through the slides at your own pace, and you can always come back and look at slides again if you have a question or need information.
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When you are looking at how much college will cost, figure in your tuition, fees and
books, but don't forget to add in your transportation, living and other costs. Visit
the CCRI Bursar's Office to find out more about tuition, fees, special payment programs
and deadlines for payment.
Fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) right away. Many grant, scholarship and work-study programs use the FAFSA to determine eligibility. There is also a list of scholarships and programs on our Foundation website: URL.
You are responsible for paying for classes, fees and books, so help yourself as much as possible by applying for financial aid as soon as possible. If you have questions, or need help completing financial aid forms, contact the Rhode Island Educational Opportunity Center (RIEOC): URL.
You might want a degree to get a better job or a head start on a four-year program. But you might not know what you want that job or program to be. That's OK! CCRI is the perfect place to start. You can check out all the programs we have to offer online.
Our Career Planning and Advising and Counseling teams can help you plan for the future, whether or not you know what field you hope to enter. Contact both at least twice during your first semester to discuss career options, make a plan to fulfill your goals, and keep on track.
When you meet with an advisor, make sure you discuss how much time you can devote to your studies, and how quickly you want to obtain your degree or certificate. If you want to complete a certificate program in one year, or degree in two, you will likely need to take 15 credits per semester. You can also take classes during summer sessions to stay on track, if you can't take 15 credits during the regular semester.
The cost of college is more than just tuition, and the time it takes is more than just class time. Homework and travelling to and from school take up a lot of time. Teachers will expect you to complete work outside of class, so make time for about five hours of homework per class each week.
Set up your MyCCRI account as soon as possible. MyCCRI is where you add or drop classes, pay your bill, view your schedule and receive email from CCRI and your instructors. Make sure to check your MyCCRI account every day – before, during and after the semester – so you don't miss important information.
Everyone has problems keeping up in class sometimes. Asking for help as soon as possible is the key to success. We have tutors available for many subjects, and you can always ask for help from your instructor whenever you have questions or problems. Everyone at CCRI wants you to succeed, and we are here to help. To schedule a tutoring session, visit TutorTrac.
If you are having problems with more than just a class, please visit Advising and Counseling right away. Advisors can help you with academic and personal counseling, and explore ways you can stay in school despite outside challenges you might be facing. Find Advising and Counseling on your campus.
Instructors will expect you to use a computer to check email and submit assignments, but if you have limited or no computer experience, we have introductory computer classes. Make an appointment with Advising and Counseling, and let your advisor know you need introductory computer classes as soon as possible.
Be aware of your surroundings when walking in campus parking lots and buildings. Look around and put your phone away while you're walking. If you need an escort in the building or to your car, or feel unsafe in any way, don't hesitate to contact the College Police office on your campus.
Sexual assault, harassment, stalking and domestic and dating violence are all crimes under state and federal law, and are "no tolerance" offenses at CCRI. If you experience any of these crimes, contact College Police immediately. You are not alone, and you do not have to make decisions alone. We can help you plan your personal response and investigate the complaint. We can also provide immediate transport to a medical facility, assistance and support in filing a criminal complaint, and referrals to outside agencies that can help. For more information, contact Advising and Counseling.
So many people call CCRI home – students, faculty and staff – each with different backgrounds, ethnicities, religions, ages, orientation and values. Whether you are still in high school or have been away from the classroom for many years, you will not feel alone at CCRI.
You will also gain new perspectives from students with different life experience. CCRI is committed to respectful dialogue fostering a diverse and inclusive community, sharing different perspectives, promoting understanding and education and respecting the dignity and worth of each human being.