R.I. Free Tuition Yields Big Boost to Enrollment

WARWICK, R.I. — The Community College of Rhode Island has experienced a significant boost in enrollment from the state’s free tuition program.

The Providence Journal reports CCRI experienced a 43 percent enrollment increase last semester, the first since the start of the Rhode Island Promise scholarship program. The program covers tuition and fees for high school students graduating between 2017 and 2020.

CCRI also reported that 83 percent of the students returned for the spring semester. CCRI Vice President for student affairs Sara Enright says a similar Tennessee program was a model for the state’s Promise program. Enright says the college is already working on recruiting a second cohort of students for the program, adding that she believes there will be even more students who take part next year.

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