Ed Board to Review Tuition Waivers

Mar 11, 2013

Attorney Eva-Marie Mancuso, chair of the new State Board of Education.
Credit Lydia Rogers

As one of its first actions, the brand new State Board of Education will take up tuition waivers granted to employees at state colleges and universities.

Board Chairwoman Eva-Marie Mancuso says she will appoint and chair a commission to consider changing to the policy, which provides free tuition to state college employees, their spouses and their children.

“I’m not going to prejudge it, I think we have to study the issue,” Mancuso says, but she adds her personal opinion is that the policy needs to change.

“I don’t want to have just a blank tuition waiver for everyone going forward, and I think that’s something we have to look at,” Mancuso says.

According to Mancuso, Governor Lincoln Chafee requested the review of the waiver policy, which has come under fire since a recent audit showed a small number of employees improperly receiving free tuition. The Board of Education meets Monday at 5:30 p.m. at CCRI in Warwick.

You can hear my full interview with Eva-Marie Mancuso by clicking here.