Tuition Appeal Guidelines
All Tuition Appeal Forms must be submitted with a typed student explanation of the
extenuating circumstances for the term in question and be accompanied by copies of verifiable documentation showing your inability to attend. Appeals that do not give an explanation of the inability to attend the term in question
will be denied. Appeals written “on behalf of” the student will not be accepted.
- Student Illness : Submit a note from your medical provider on their letterhead indicating the dates
you were unable to attend class. The note must be signed by your medical provider.
The medical condition does not need to be disclosed to the committee. Discharge papers,
copies of invoices, appointment confirmations, statements of insurance payments, etc.
are not acceptable documentation, unless they specifically state the dates you were
unable to attend classes. Do NOT send copies of your medical records.
- Illness of immediate family member : (parent, child, spouse, sibling or grandparent) Submit a note from your family member’s
medical provider on their letterhead indicating the dates of illness and need of a
caregiver. The note must be signed by the medical provider. The medical condition
does not need to be disclosed to the committee.
- Death of immediate family member : (parent, child, spouse, sibling or grandparent) Submit a death certificate, obituary,
or death notice. Documents must clearly indicate the relationship of the deceased
to the student.
- Military deployment : A copy of the official deployment/reactivation notice. Deployment and reactivation
dates must be within the semester you are appealing.
- Change in employment beyond the student’s control that prevents the student from attending the classes
for which he/she is registered. A letter from your employer on company letterhead
indicating the reason and date of the change in work schedule.
- Verifiable Error of CCRI : Provide a detailed account of the problem and relevant documents on College letterhead
from the College Office involved or advisor indicating that incorrect information
was given by a College representative.
- Other : Provide a detailed explanation of the situation and include all relevant documentation.
- COVID-19 related issue: loss of income (provide employer verification or proof applied for UE benefits);
increased work hours (provide employer verification of new hours); loss of childcare
or assisting your school age children with their online learning (provide copy of
child's birth certificate)
Please follow the steps below for filing a Tuition Appeals:
- Review the Tuition Appeal Guidelines
- Complete the Tuition Appeal Form
- Compose and attach an appeal letter explaining your situation, be specific, give details, state your case clearly
- Attach the necessary documentation to support your claim
- If a grant, scholarship and/or loan funds were paid on your behalf for the semester
in which you are appealing, see the Financial Aid Office to go over the impact an
approved appeal will have on your Financial Aid eligibility.
- Submit the completed Tuition Appeal Form, Letter of Explanation and supporting documentation
to Tuition Appeals Committee, Student Services, Community College of Rhode Island,
400 East Avenue, Warwick, RI 02886. Or fax to 401-825-1148.
Once the Tuition Appeal Committee has reached a decision, the student will be sent
a letter within two-weeks of the meeting date stating the decision and action to be
taken next by the college or the student. Decisions will NOT be given over the phone.
- If the Tuition Appeal is “Approved”, the student’s tuition account will be adjusted according.
- If the Tuition Appeal is “Pending additional documentation”, the committee is requesting additional documentation in order to make a final decision.
The student will have 30 days to submit the additional documentation or the appeal
will be denied.
- If the Tuition Appeal is “Denied”, the student can request for the Tuition Appeal to be reconsidered by the committee
if the student can supply additional documentation to support the circumstances.
Please note: Courses for which a Tuition Appeal are approved will not be dropped or
withdrawn from your academic transcript. It is the student’s responsibility to withdraw
from courses within the specified deadline or seek unofficial withdrawals from your
instructors. This committee deals with adjustments to tuition only.