RIC http://ripr.org en After Graduation, Navigating The World Of Student Loans http://ripr.org/post/after-graduation-navigating-world-student-loans <p>In the final installment of our series Paying For It: Rhode Islanders Struggle with Student Debt, education reporter Elisabeth Harrison visits the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority to speak with Executive Director Charlie Kelley. She asked him to walk through the payment system for a student who has borrowed $31,000, about the average for recent graduates in Rhode Island.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 12:53:29 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 33668 at http://ripr.org After Graduation, Navigating The World Of Student Loans Uncertain Futures As Student Debt Looms Large http://ripr.org/post/uncertain-futures-student-debt-looms-large <p>Colleges all across Rhode Island hold graduation ceremonies this month, and many of their students will receive diplomas and then face thousands of dollars in student loans. &nbsp;</p><p>As we continue our series Paying For It: Rhode Islanders Struggle with Student Debt, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison looked at how mounting student loans are impacting students and the decisions they make about their future.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 12:13:07 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 33600 at http://ripr.org Uncertain Futures As Student Debt Looms Large After Bankruptcy And Divorce, Student Debt Still Persists http://ripr.org/post/after-bankruptcy-and-divorce-student-debt-still-persists <p>Many Rhode Islanders are paying off student loans that average more than $31,000, one of the highest student debt burdens in the nation. As we continue our series Paying for It: Rhode Islanders Struggle With Student Debt, we look at what happens when those loans are too much to handle.</p><p>Rhode Island Public Radio’s Education reporter Elisabeth Harrison met Allison Dean at her house on a quiet street in Warwick, sandwiched between the airport and Narragansett Bay.</p><p></p> Wed, 14 May 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 33494 at http://ripr.org After Bankruptcy And Divorce, Student Debt Still Persists RISD Graduate Faces Hundreds of Thousands in Student Loans http://ripr.org/post/risd-graduate-faces-hundreds-thousands-student-loans <p>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.</p><p>Rhode Island Public Radio’s education reporter, Elisabeth Harrison, met one graduate now staring down hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loans.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 12:18:34 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 33488 at http://ripr.org RISD Graduate Faces Hundreds of Thousands in Student Loans Rhode Islanders Struggle With Student Debt http://ripr.org/post/rhode-islanders-struggle-student-debt <p>Thousands of colleges seniors receive their diplomas this month in Rhode Island and across the nation.&nbsp; And thousands of them will soon have to start paying off their student loans.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>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.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 13:17:57 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 33438 at http://ripr.org Rhode Islanders Struggle With Student Debt Fewer Undocumented Students Take Advantage Of In State Tuition Policy Than Predicted http://ripr.org/post/fewer-undocumented-students-take-advantage-state-tuition-policy-predicted <p>Seventy four undocumented students have enrolled at the state’s public colleges and universities.</p><p>They’re taking advantage of a policy the state adopted in 2011.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The controversial policy allows undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at any of Rhode Island’s schools of higher education. The seventy-four students taking advantage of the policy is about half the number lawmakers predicted. Ana Cano-Morales is the head of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University. She offers several reasons for the lower-than-expected numbers.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:43:44 +0000 John Bender 26590 at http://ripr.org Fewer Undocumented Students Take Advantage Of In State Tuition Policy Than Predicted More Veterans Enrolling at RIC http://ripr.org/post/more-veterans-enrolling-ric <p></p><p></p><p>Rhode Island College has seen a nearly 60 percent increase in the number of veterans on campus since 2009.</p><p>RIC has taken steps to better serve veterans, including opening a Veterans’ Resource Center, which helps connect veterans to a wide variety of services, including federal and state tuition assistance.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:51:31 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 24608 at http://ripr.org More Veterans Enrolling at RIC New Life Could Come to "Dynamo House" in Providence http://ripr.org/post/new-life-could-come-dynamo-house-providence <p>The old South Street power station in Providence’s jewelry district has been vacant for well over a decade. But it’s about to get a facelift and a new life in the state’s higher education system.</p><p>Brown University has announced plans to re-develop the century-old South Street power station, also known as the Dynamo House, into a shared nursing education center and administrative offices.&nbsp; The nursing center will be part of the joint nursing school run by the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College. The administrative offices will be used by Brown.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 19:56:25 +0000 Flo Jonic 17555 at http://ripr.org New Life Could Come to "Dynamo House" in Providence Why no RIC-URI Nursing School project? http://ripr.org/post/why-no-ric-uri-nursing-school-project-0 <p>The nursing school that was to be shared by the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College is on life support. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if this project became a victim of our state’s legendary turf battles.</p><p>When it was proposed two years ago, the plan to build a new $60 million nursing school in Providence’s Jewelry District was what politicians, business leaders and educators like to call a “win-win.’’</p> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 08:00:00 +0000 Scott MacKay 12118 at http://ripr.org