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School of Continuing Education
Harkins Hall, Room 109
Phone: 401-865-2487
Fax: 401-865-1723

Affordable and Flexible

Going back to school can be an exciting time, but if you are like many adult learners funding for your college education may be one of your biggest concerns.
Providence College has designed flexible and affordable programs--just $990 a course--with several payment options and scholarships for our SCE students. 

Note: The following material is informational only.  The Providence College School of Continuing Education does not endorse or recommend any particular financial resources or organizations.

There are many resources available to help finance your college education. If you would like to meet with an SCE adviser to review your options, please email us to schedule an appointment. Or call 401-865-2487


Financial Aid

The different types of Providence College financial aid are described on the Financial Aid site. 
To contact the Providence College Office of Financial Aid: email Office of Financial Aid or call 401-865-2286.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

While Providence College requires SCE students to file their FAFSA six weeks before the semester they plan to enroll, you are encouraged to complete your FAFSA by your state's deadline in order to be fully considered for state grants. Rhode Island requires the FAFSA to be filed no later than March 1 and Massachusetts no later than May 1.

NOTE: If you recently lost your job or have reduced income this year, ask the financial aid office about a "professional adjustment," as aid is based on income from the previous year.​


The Barnes & Noble College Booksellers Scholarship provides funds for textbook purchases each year. Contact your adviser for more information.​

Web Resources

  • WaytogoRI​ offers excellent tools and financial aid information for adults who are interested in returning to college.
  • The College Planning Center of Rhode Island offers free one-on-one college counseling and includes scholarship information.
  • FinAid is free public service with resources such as repayment calculators, needs analysis, and information about savings tools and plans.
  • Student Aid on the Web is the U.S. Department of Education's site for free information on preparing for and funding college education. Select "Applying for Financial Aid" on the left, then "Funding Your Education."
  • Career One Stop: financed by the U.S. Labor Department and includes information on retraining and other types of education-related aid and programs.

Tuition Discounts 

(please contact SCE for details at 401-865-2487)
  • Alumni: A 25% standby discount is offered for alumni taking SCE courses for credit. 
  • Religious and Clergy: A 25% standby discount is available on all SCE credit courses (does not apply to audited courses).
  • Persons 65 and Over: On a standby basis, persons 65 and over may take SCE courses for $100 per course, plus any lab fees. 

Tax Benefits for Education 

(​Note:  Check first with your financial adviser) 
Great news for students: the federal government provides a number of tax incentives that can help defray the cost of higher education. These incentives come in the form of Tax Credits, which directly reduce the amount of tax you are liable for,  and Tax Deductions, which reduce the amount of income on which you pay taxes.  The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators  provides a guide to help you understand your options

Company/Third Party Reimbursement

Many companies and organizations offer tuition assistance/reimbursement. Your employer may provide up to $5,250 in employer education assistance benefits for undergraduate or graduate tax-free each year, per section 127 of the Internal Revenue Code. Check with your company's Human Resources office for more information.

Support for Members of the Military and their Families

See Enrollment services for the Military.

Resources for Unemployed Students

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