More than 1,400 Rhode Island students have enrolled at the Community College of Rhode Island through a new program that gives students two years tuition-free at the state’s only public junior college.
In a statement, CCRI said that first-time, full-time freshman students have jumped by 47 percent as a result of the new program, called the Rhode Island Promise scholarship program.
“We are so pleased to welcome all of our new and returning students to CCRI this fall, especially those in the Rhode Island Promise cohort,” said CCRI President Megan Hughes.
The new tuition-free program is for Rhode Island students only. It was a proposal from Gov. Gina Raimondo that was approved by the 2017 General Assembly.