In January, Governor Raimondo announced her proposal to expand the RI Promise program to provide two years of college tuition free at the state's public colleges, URI, RIC, and CCRI. In recent weeks, the proposal has received several high-profile endorsements.
During his visit to RI on April 6, 2017, Former Secretary of Labor Tom Perez urged Rhode Islanders to "invest in human capital" through programs like RI Promise.
In a Guest Mindsetter contribution to GoLocalProvidence, Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan noted: "The Rhode Island Promise Scholarship proposal builds ladders of opportunity for all Rhode Island students."
Rhode Island Senator Lou DiPalma voiced his support: "We need to take the next, bold step and make free, K-14 education available to all Rhode Islanders."
Under the current proposal, all RI high school students beginning with 2017 graduates can pursue an associate degree at the Community College of Rhode Island or a bachelor's degree at the University of Rhode Island or Rhode Island College tuition free for two years, regardless of their family income. Students need to meet admissions requirements and be enrolled full-time. At CCRI, the Promise can be applied as early as fall 2017, and at URI and RIC, the Promise will apply to their junior and senior years.
More information on the RI Promise proposal is available at ripromise.com.