Rhode Island one step closer to permanent free college

By: | May 28, 2021

Former Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat who left to work in the Biden administration, proposed the program in 2017 as a way to improve college access. Students must enroll full time, qualify for in-state tuition and maintain at least a 2.5 GPA to get free tuition.

The program was initially due to wind down for the class entering the community college in 2020, but state lawmakers extended it for a year. The new legislation, which passed in the state’s House and Senate, enshrines it into law. The office of Gov. Daniel McKee, a Democrat, did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday as to whether he would sign the measure.

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