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New England Regional Student Program

Want to attend an out-of-state college without paying out-of-state tuition?

At Eastern Connecticut State University, you can do just that! Eastern is dedicated to educating all students, regardless of their residence. Through the New England Regional Student Program (NERSP) flexibility program, students from the New England states have access to the world-class academics at Eastern for a fraction of traditional out-of-state costs. Eastern offers you a unique learning experience, small class sizes, and a vibrant campus life. Students from Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont are all eligible for this tuition break, regardless of their chosen major. Schedule a visit and see for yourself, or get a glimpse of campus on our virtual tour.

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Cost of Attendance for the 2023-2024 Academic Year
NERSP Cost In-State Cost International Cost
Tuition and Fees $16,624 $13,292 $26,568
Room and Board $15,608 $15,608 $15,608
Estimated Yearly Cost $32,232 $28,900 $42,176

Hear from our New England students!

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Elizabeth Dowding“I felt like I was at home the first time I came to Eastern for a tour. Something about the atmosphere on campus spoke to me, and that feeling hasn’t changed in my time at Eastern. My decision was certainly helped by the fact that I would be just far away enough from home to gain some independence but close enough in case of an emergency. Eastern ultimately ended up being the most affordable school I applied to as well, which came as a relief to me because I knew from my first tour I wanted to attend school here.”

Elizabeth Dowding ’21 • East Greenwich, RI
Dean’s list student, member of Delta Mu Delta Honor Society

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Jonah Badiab“I chose Eastern because it offered me the ability to be independent, while being only a short drive away from home. I have enjoyed Eastern because of the overall experience I have had, both in the small classrooms with experienced professors, and the large number of clubs and organizations, which have allowed me to develop my leadership skills and network with other students. The tuition break program has been instrumental in ensuring that I have been able to continue to afford my education each semester. The program assists Eastern in fostering a diverse student body, which is extremely important to me and part of the reason I love Eastern.”

Jonah Badiab ’19 • Springfield, MA
President: Organization of Latin-American Students, Resident Assistant

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Samantha Honeywell“Once I stepped on campus I fell in love! Eastern is about two hours from home, which is a nice distance. By staying on campus, I have made so many more friends. Because class sizes are small, I get to know every person in my class, and I have an actual relationship with my professors — one of them was even able to help me get an internship after my first year with Fox17 News in Nashville, TN!”

Samantha Honeywell ’21 • Londonderry, NH
Student Ambassador, Repertory Dance Troupe, Treasurer: ETV News

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Brighton Leonard“Eastern was the clear choice for me to pursue higher education. No state school in Rhode Island had a sport and leisure management major, and most other out-of-state schools were so expensive, it made me rethink what I wanted to do for a major. Then I heard about Eastern’s tuition break program. After I visited the campus, it was an easy decision to come here. Everyone is very kind and welcoming, and it is overall just a great place to be.”

Brighton Leonard ’20 • West Greenwich, RI
Vice President: ConNOTicuts, The Out-of-State Student Club, Student Orientation Counselor

Please contact Admissions Counselor Charlotte MacDonald at with any questions about the New England Regional Student Program.