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Questions about Rhode Island Promise

Who is eligible?
How do I apply?
Is there a deadline?
How long after high school graduation am I eligible?
Are GED recipients eligible?
Are non-U.S. citizens eligible?
What financial aid is available if I'm not eligible?
How many years does Rhode Island Promise last for each student?
How do I keep Rhode Island Promise for both years?
What if I am not a full-time student?
What if attending full time is unrealistic for me because of a disability?
What if my GPA drops below 2.5?
What if I do not earn 30 credits in my first year at CCRI?
What if I leave the state after being awarded Rhode Island Promise?
What does Rhode Island Promise cover?
Does Rhode Island Promise cover developmental classes?
Can I use Rhode Island Promise for any program at CCRI?
What if I already paid my tuition?
What if a student has to leave the college for military, personal or medical reasons?
What if I earned college credit through concurrent enrollment, dual enrollment or an AP class?
Does the RI Promise pay for textbooks?

Who is eligible for Rhode Island Promise?
1. You must be a Rhode Island resident that qualifies for in-state tuition and fees pursuant to the Residency Policy as adopted by the Council of Postsecondary Education.
2. You must be a 2017 high school graduate (public, private or homeschooled) or a 2017 GED recipient who was younger than 19 years of age when you completed high school or the GED.
3. You must be admitted to CCRI and enrolling in the semester immediately following high school graduation or the receipt of a high school equivalency diploma.

What steps do students need to take to apply for Rhode Island Promise?
1. Apply to CCRI and register for a full-time fall course load.
2. Fill out the FAFSA and complete your financial aid file.
3. Get your official, final high school or GED transcript from your high school or GED program and submit it to the Office of Enrollment Services at any CCRI campus. 
4. Fill out Rhode Island Promise Attestation form.

Is there a deadline to apply?
The priority deadline is August 25, 2017. The financial aid office encourages students to complete their file by August 25, 2017 to increase their potential to receive the maximum aid available from each of the financial aid programs and to secure their participation in Rhode Island Promise program.

How long after high school graduation will students have in order to be eligible for Rhode Island Promise?
Students are eligible for Rhode Island Promise if they enroll at CCRI for the semester immediately following their high school graduation or completion of a high school equivalency diploma.

Are GED recipients eligible for Rhode Island Promise?
GED recipients are eligible for Rhode Island Promise if they enroll at CCRI in the semester immediately following GED completion and are younger than 19  when they complete the GED.

Do non-US citizens qualify for Rhode Island Promise?
Yes, non-citizens may qualify for Rhode Island Promise if they meet the criteria to be considered Rhode Island residents. Please see the Council on Postsecondary Education’s Residency Policy for details.

What other financial aid is available for students not eligible for Rhode Island Promise, such as students who graduated prior to 2017?
The Community College of Rhode Island offers financial assistance to students who might otherwise be unable to further their education without such support. 

How do students renew Rhode Island Promise?
Rhode Island Promise will automatically renew for a second year as long a student meets all of the scholarship requirements. Students do not need to fill out an application for the second year of Rhode Island Promise.

What if a student drops below a full-time course load?
To be eligible for Rhode Island Promise, a student must enroll as a full-time student. If a student drops down to part-time status during the initial add/drop period in any given semester, that student will not receive Rhode Island Promise for that semester or future semesters.

What if a taking a full-time course load is unrealistic for a student because of a disability?
Students with documented disabilities may be eligible for a reduced course load and other reasonable accommodations based upon documentation of disability. Please make an appointment with the Disability Services for Students office on your campus at least a week before classes to begin to discuss your needs and request an accommodation.

What if a student’s GPA drops below 2.5?
If a student’s cumulative CCRI GPA drops below 2.5 after the first year (fall and spring semesters), he/she will not earn Rhode Island Promise scholarship for the second year unless he/she takes summer courses that move his/her cumulative GPA up to at least 2.5. Rhode Island Promise scholarships may not fund summer coursework so the student may need to pursue other funding to enroll in summer courses.

A student who is unable to bring his/her cumulative GPA up to 2.5 in the summer will be deemed ineligible for Rhode Island Promise for the fall of his/her second year. A student who is ineligible in the fall can have Rhode Island Promise reinstated for the spring of his/her second year if he/she pursues fall coursework and brings his/her cumulative GPA up to at least 2.5.

What if a student does not earn 30 credits in his/her first year at CCRI?
If a student does not earn 30 credits in the first year (fall, spring and summer semesters combined), that student will not be able to receive a second year of Rhode Island Promise scholarship.

What if a student leaves Rhode Island after being awarded Rhode Island Promise?
The state has established Rhode Island Promise program to invest in Rhode Islanders. A student who receives the scholarship funds is asked to commit to staying in Rhode Island because we hope that the student will see the value of returning on that investment right here. The reality is that nearly 90% of CCRI students do stay here and raise their families here after graduation. For those few students that do not, the program does not contain a penalty for leaving the state.

What costs does Rhode Island Promise cover?
Rhode Island promise will pay for the remaining cost of tuition and mandatory fees incurred based on enrollment in at least 12 credits after free money (Pell, SEOG and institutional aid) has been applied.

How many years does Rhode Island Promise last for each student?
Rhode Island Promise lasts for two academic years and covers the fall and spring semesters in each of those years. Rhode Island Promise program may have funds available to support a limited number of summer scholarships, but that is dependent on available funding in the overall Rhode Island Promise budget. The scholarship is only guaranteed for the fall and spring semesters.

Does Rhode Island Promise cover developmental classes?
Yes, Rhode Island Promise covers both development courses and college-level courses.

Can students use Rhode Island Promise for any program at CCRI?
Rhode Island Promise can be applied to any associate degree program at CCRI. It may not be used for certificate or non-credit programs.

What if I already paid part or all of my tuition and fees, and then qualify for Rhode Island Promise?
Students who pay for tuition, and then receive Rhode Island Promise, will be refunded once the Rhode Island Promise scholarships are officially disbursed. These refunds are scheduled to begin on Oct. 10.

What if a student has to leave the college for military, personal or medical reasons?
Under certain extenuating circumstances, Rhode Island Promise students may request an approved leave to extend eligibility. Extenuating circumstances may include: documented medical emergency; documented personal emergency; documented military deployment or transfer. As soon as possible after learning of the disruption to their educational plan, but no later than seven business days, Rhode Island Promise students should contact the dean of students at deanofstudents@ccri.edu to arrange an interview.

What if I earned college credit through concurrent enrollment, dual enrollment or an AP class?
Any college credits you earned at CCRI prior to your high school graduation will count toward the 30 credits you must earn in your first year to maintain Rhode Island Promise eligibility. If you earned credits at another college or university while you were in high school, you will need to have that college transcript evaluated by our transfer office. Please see Transferring to CCRI for additional details.

Does the RI Promise pay for textbooks?

 

The RI Promise Scholarship does not cover textbooks, but there are often other forms of financial aid that help students pay for textbooks, including federal grants and loans.  Upon completion of the financial aid application process, each student will receive more information about his/her individual financial aid package. 

 

Contact Information

Admissions
webadmission@ccri.edu
401-825-2003

Financial Aid
ccrifafaq@ccri.edu
401-825-2468

Advising
advising@ccri.edu
401-825-1240

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Last Updated: 8/21/17