1,100 have applied for free CCRI tuition
As of Friday, the deadline for priority financial aid, 1,100 members of the high school class of 2017 had registered under the governor’s Rhode Island Promise program for free tuition at the Community College of Rhode Island.
There’s still time to register for the program before classes start on Sept. 5, said Patrick Stone, CCRI director of marketing and communications.
Enrollment under the program, which is limited to June Rhode Island high school graduates enrolling as full-time CCRI students is what was projected. Nonetheless, with the state budget not gaining approval until August and the prospect of the program uncertain, the enrollment effort started late.
“It was a mad house,” Stone said of the most recent registration session. He believes parents and their children “caught wind” of the free tuition and hastily made the decision to attend CCRI. In some cases, students who had already made plans to attend another institution changed their plans to take advantage of the free tuition. In many cases students not considering higher education, decided now was the time to advance their studies.
To remain eligible for the program, students must complete 30 credits in the first year and have a grade point average of 2.5.
The projected cost of Rhode Island Promise is $2.75 million in the first year. The state scholarship kicks in after other financial aid like Pell Grants are applied.