General Assembly passes legislation allowing students who can’t fill out FAFSA to participate in Rhode Island Promise

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The Rhode Island General Assembly announced Tuesday it passed legislation last week that would allow students to participate in the Rhode Island Promise program if they cannot complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The legislation would allow students to complete a comparable form created by the Community College of Rhode Island to receive funding from Rhode Island Promise.

According to a release from the General Assembly, the FAFSA often has ineligibility standards, such as immigration status or prior criminal convictions.

“This legislation will expand the opportunities of higher education to all those who recognize the benefits of continuing their education.  This legislation is not only about fairness, but also incentivizing and supporting students who understand that higher education is a pathway to future success and a better life,” said Senator Frank Ciccone (D-Dist. 7, Providence, North Providence), one of the bill’s sponsors.

The legislation now goes to Gov. Dan McKee’s desk.

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