Rhode Island has the fifth highest rate of student loan debt in the country and experts say part of the reason is the large number of expensive, private colleges, like Bryant University, Providence College and Salve Regina in Newport. One of the most expensive is the Rhode Island School of Design.
Rhode Island Public Radio’s education reporter, Elisabeth Harrison, met one graduate now staring down hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loans.
Thousands of colleges seniors receive their diplomas this month in Rhode Island and across the nation. And thousands of them will soon have to start paying off their student loans.
Rhode Island has one of the highest rates of student debt in the nation; the average burden on students in the class of 2012 was more than $30,000, according to a study by the Institute for College Access and Success.
As part of our series looking at what it's like to live with student debt, Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison spoke with Lauren Asher, the Institute's director.
One of the University of Rhode Island’s most famous professors is receiving a national honor. Robert Ballard will be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Oceanography professor Robert Ballard first came to international prominence when discovered the wreck of the Titanic in 1985. Ballard received his doctorate from URI in 1974, and joined the School of Oceanography in the mid-2000’s. He now heads the Institute for Archaeological Oceanography.
The University of Rhode Island broke ground this morning on a center for the school’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. The center is unique among college campuses.
URI says it’s the only school in the nation to design and build a center specifically for the LGBTQ community. State officials were on hand to celebrate the groundbreaking, including Governor Lincoln Chafee, and state senator Frank Ferri, who championed Rhode Island’s push for legal same-sex marriages. Annie Russell is the center’s director.