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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 : A note from your physician or medical provider on their letterhead indicating the dates you were unable to attend class. The note must be signed by your physician or medical provider. The medical condition does not need to be disclosed to the committee. Excuse slips, copies of invoices, appointment confirmations, statements of insurance payments, etc. are not acceptable documentation.  Do NOT send copies of your medical records.
  • Illness of immediate family member : (parent, child, spouse, sibling or grandparent) A note from your family member’s physician or medical provider on their letterhead indicating the dates of illness and need of a caregiver. The note must be signed by the physician or 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.

Please follow the steps below for filing a Tuition Appeals :

  1. Review the Tuition Appeal Guidelines
  2. Complete the Tuition Appeal Form
  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. 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.
  6. 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 “Approved with conditions”, the letter will outline which conditions the student needs to meet before the approval is processed.
  • 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.

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Last Updated: 12/23/13