Raimondo aims to expand free tuition program if re-elected

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI/AP) — Governor Gina Raimondo says she’ll try to expand the state’s free tuition program if she’s elected to a second term.

Raimondo said Monday she wants to offer free tuition at the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College. Currently it’s offered at the Community College of Rhode Island.

“Four years ago, we shook up the old way of doing things to finally bring the change that Rhode Islanders need and deserve. Today, thousands of Rhode Islanders are getting the training and education they need to get the good jobs we are creating,” Raimondo said. “But there’s more work to do, and too much at stake in this election. If we don’t continue to expand our successful Promise scholarship and Real Jobs RI partnerships, thousands of Rhode Islanders will never get the job training and education they need to keep up and get ahead.”

Raimondo proposed giving in-state residents two years of free tuition at the state’s three public colleges in 2017, saying then it would cost $30 million annually. Lawmakers scaled back that plan during the budget process.

Currently, recent graduates are eligible for free tuition at CCRI. Raimondo wants any Rhode Island adult to be able to attend CCRI for free.

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