A new study by the Institute for College Access and Success shows Rhode Island students carry the fifth highest debt burdens in the country. The study looked at student loans for the class of 2012. The average in Rhode Island was $31,156.
Several other New England state also ranked high on the list, including Maine and New Hampshire, which ranked second. The average student loan rate in New Hampshire was $32,698.
Rhode Island’s Board of Education votes Monday on a plan to split the board in to two separate councils. One council would focus on K-12 education, while the other would focus on higher education.
The plan comes after the state merged its separate boards of education, citing the need for better coordination of public schools and universities. Supporters said they were tired of hearing business and higher education leaders complain that graduates of Rhode Island high schools were unprepared for life after high school.
The University of Rhode Island will be offering a mini semester during the January break to help students get caught up on course work. The semester will run from January 2nd to January 17th. One-hundred and twenty five students signed up during the first two days of enrollment.
Mini semester director John Olerio said students in especially demanding majors find it hard to finish their course work in four years.