Tuition Appeals Committee

Tuition Appeals are for students who are requesting a refund or balance waiver of their tuition charges due to extenuating circumstances preventing attendance that occurred during a given term.  Students who complete their coursework and earn valid final grades cannot submit a tuition appeal for a balance waiver or tuition refund.  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 instructor, their teaching methods, or 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 about Second Chance]

* Please note: If your circumstance is due to an issue with the instructor, curriculum or class instruction methods, please visit with your instructor, Department Chairperson or the appropriate Academic Dean over your circumstance before attempting this process. Appeals for this reason MUST be accompanied by a refund recommendation letter from either the Department Chairperson or appropriate Dean. 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
Currently appeals are being reviewed daily    

Students will receive a written response via email 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: 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*

Last Updated: 1/16/20